Engl 222 Evaluation/Assessment Rubric Sequence Analysis Plus Essay, with check mark along a scale of Excellent to Weak, and comments to supplement my notes and queries on the hard copies of your work:


Initial Criteria for Sequence Analysis Plus:                                          Excellent    Very Good-Good    Competent-Fair    Weak

Note: Ultimately the evaluation of your work is holistic,

and therefore also intends to register the different, nuanced,

unexpected and evocative effects of your critical reflection,

exploration, creative expression/affect, and engagement

with learning and discovery.


1. Strengths/quality of perceptiveness, precision, and

understanding demonstrated in close analysis of your selected

sequence of shots—this analysis should include some attention to

mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, sound, as well

as action, character (development), plot and story


2. Sequence Analysis’s strength and clarity of (hypo)thesis/focus

including your introduction to the way that the sequence realizes

or embodies/enacts a type of strategy/solution to an aim or problem


3. Understanding of the film’s overall narrative arc and what

its story works through or aims to do or achieve—this may

include cultural/social/historical conflicts and questions, and

to what degree the film seems to answer or resolve such questions.


4. Sequence Analysis’s cohesive and coherent development,

 logical organization, including well-structured paragraphs

 with clear points and compelling, specific support/evidence

 in relation to selected aspects of the sequence situated in relation

to the film as a whole or to specific other parts of the film.


5. Sequence Analysis Essay’s depth/complexity, including

explanation and exploration of problems/methods/contexts

for understanding selected facets of the film—including

 recognition of conflicts/contradictions (ideological/rhetorical/

formal) as well as creativity and sense of discovery/affective

engagement conveyed—the articulated sense of “what’s at stake,

why it matters”


6. Effective sentences, syntax, verbs, diction,

punctuation, complexity, and suitable style: academic,

critical, appropriate to your understanding of the

materials/subjects; avoids clichés and trite expressions, avoids

 overusing prepositional phrases, appropriately concise