Please choose one of the following questions to answer for this unit by Wednesday at 11:59pm (CST). You should also respond to two of your classmates’ postings by Sunday at 11:59pm (CST).
Before answering this unit’s questions, you should view the film Natural Born Killers (1994) directed by Oliver Stone.
Keep in mind, as you view the film, a few of the questions posted below.
Online discussions will be graded according to the following rubric.
Full-bodied entries—of at least ten sentences of writing from you (in addition to quotations from the text)—are more likely to receive full credit. Lesser credit will be assigned to work that is missing, brief, or clearly disengaged or sloppily produced such that miscues interfere with readability.
Your responses to other students’ work are also assessed. Students often resist commenting on each others’ work in substantial ways; instead choosing to post simply “good job” or “looks okay to me.” This kind of peer response doesn’t help your own—or your peers’—development as a writer and thinker.
Acceptable peer responses will, among other things:
- Explicitly identify what was learned from someone else’s work.
- Ask a follow-up question.
- Offer an alternative interpretation.
- Offer concrete strategies for improvement.
|Discussion posts are completed on-time; they not only thoughtfully respond to and incorporate course readings when appropriate, but they evidence creative thinking and make a significant contribution to peers’ understanding of the course topics. Moreover, follow-up posts/peer responses clarify and extend the class conversation, demonstrating critical thinking.|
|Discussion posts are essentially complete and incorporate, when appropriate, excerpts from the course readings. Initial post is made by due date, and follow-up posts/peer responses engage others in continued discussion.|
|Discussion posts are incomplete, inaccurate, and/or late. Peer response is present but perfunctory, offering little “back” to enhance peers’ understanding.|
|Posts and peer responses are not made to all topic threads.|
|No posts are made, or posts are entered after the unit’s discussion has ended.|
Choose one questions:
- How does the film use the romance between Mickey and Mallory to offer up reasons for their murder spree? Can you make ties between the romance between the characters and the “romance” we have with serial killers in general?
- Using one of the more abstract moments in the film (the opening restaurant, the sitcom TV home, the hotel sex scenes, or the rattlesnake dream, etc) detail and analyze the way Stone’s film form differs from other films we’ve seen. Why this different approach here?
- Persuade me towards your particular viewpoint: Is the film encouraging a “real world” phenomenon to create more serial killers or is this film an ironic/sarcastic call for the media to stop the sensationalism regarding serial killers? Use evidence from the film to support your claims.