short paper life on parole

This assignment entails you carefully and thoughtfully watching the Frontline Documentary “Life on Parole”…

This is not a film for your entertainment. You will write a 5-7 page paper analyzing the different issues raised in the film and how these are related to our text and supplemental readings assigned for this week. That is, I want to see students analyzing this documentary by bringing to bear your understanding of the materials from our text. While the primary focus of your analysis should use this week’s chapter on the film also illustrates a number of other topics from earlier chapters that you may discuss. Please note that I have slightly increased the page length from what was in the original syllabus as this paper has been substituted for the weekly structured questions per our agreed upon modification of the syllabus.

I would strongly recommend that you take notes while watching this film especially when you observe something that is connected to a concept/idea or piece of research from the readings. You have many ways to apply the readings to this documentary.

We will be discussing this video in class on 3/26/19. Please come prepared for this discussion (i.e., have specific contributions and connections to the readings. We will discuss these during class, but by no means should these be the only things you write about in your paper.


  • Typed– double spaced with 1.25 inch margins on left/right and 1 inch margin top/bottom (standard default for most Word docs…but double check)
  • 5-7 pages. I think you can accomplish the goals of the paper within this limit. BUT, I will accept more if you are inspired or having a hard time keeping it within this limit.
  • Use a 12 point sized font: 11 pt is for cramming within the limit; 10 pt and below is microscopic and verges on the preposterous; 14 pt raises concerns that you are having a different sort of writing problem and 16 pt should be restricted to title page only. Get the point?
  • You should have no need for quotes. Use your own words—it is better to state in your own words what an author is saying, rather than paraphrasing in ways that not only make it clear that you are using the author’s words, but that you really don’t know what the author is writing.

The following is taken from the OU Kresge Library Website which not only defines plagiarism but also offers guidelines for avoiding plagiarism:

Plagiarism is defined by the Modern Language Association (MLA) as “the use of another person’s ideas, information, or expressions without acknowledging that person’s work” [MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed., p. 66]. Examples of plagiarism include copying from a source word for word without citing the original source, as well as paraphrasing an author’s words or even ideas without giving appropriate credit.


5)Works cited: You may use the citation style you are most comfortable with for this paper. Just make a notation on the bibliography page which one you have employed. Go to the link above in #4 and there is a listing of styles and the formats for citations within each style. But remember, the only literature you can use is what we have assigned/read in class. (I have pictures of the book and can attach the readings)

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