and Analyze your Detectiveâ??s Report as a Defense Attorney would. which is option 1……………………………..
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OPTIONAL FINAL EXAM (75 points)
Due on Blackboard 24 hours after the end of your sectionâ??s final exam period.
Part A: Textual Analysis
You should spend approximately 1 hour on Part A of the exam. This does not mean you should
write as much as possible in an hour; rather, that you should spend that hour writing thoughtfully
and then revising/shaping your essay.
Select one of the following class readings: From True Crime: â??Pillars of Salt,â? â??Crime News
from California,â? â??The Recent Tragedy,â? â??The Black Dahlia,â? â??The Hossack Murder,â? â??The
Trial of Ruby Cullum.â? Handouts: â??A Prayer for Tina Marie,â? â??Breaking the Bank.â? You can
also select one of the longer articles from NYT BOC (regardless of whether or not we read it for
class). (Note: the underlined texts were possible essay question texts on the midterm. DO NOT
write an essay on the same text you wrote on for the midterm. Pick something else!)
1) Do a close analysis of the writing choices the author has made and their effects on the reader.
(Illustrate your claims with copious examples.) 2) Tease out the societal attitudes and values that
the author displays, or that he presumes to be held by the reader. (Illustrate with proof.) In
effect, this essay will be very similar to your media coverage analysis paper.
Prompt B: Creative
Select one of the following 2 options. This part of the exam should take approximately 1.5-2
Option 1: Analyze your Detectiveâ??s Report as a Defense Attorney would; ruthlessly look to
reveal and exploit any weaknesses or opportunities the report presents the defense. For example,
does the report make any assumptions? If so, for the sake of this exercise, assume that your
detective leapt to a mistaken conclusion. (For example, he assumed that there was a bloody
shoeprint on a piece of paper when the stain was actually made by something else.) Come up
with as many specific strategies as you can for undermining the power of the Detectiveâ??s Report.
When it comes to writing up this material, select 1 of the following 3 choices: 1) The
Straightforward Approach. Write up your strategy (â??game planâ?) as a memo to yourself and the
rest of the defense team. 2) Write it as an excerpt from your closing arguments to the jury. 3)
Write it out as a series of cross examination questions that you would use to interrogate your
detective on the witness stand, in order to undermine the strength, veracity, authority, and
trustworthiness of his report. (Do not write out the detectiveâ??s responses; merely write out the
defense attorneyâ??s side of the exchanges.) Option 1 should be at least 1 full page in length.
Option 2: Select a passage or moment from your Journalistâ??s Account that you wish to radically
revise. A) Copy and paste the excerpt into your exam, putting quotation marks around it and
labelling it â??Original Excerptâ?. (Note: the excerpt does not count towards page length.) B) Write
a substantial paragraph describing your revision plans. Consider how you could use the same raw
material to create very different effects. Make specific goals for your new version: what kind of
atmosphere or tone do you want to create? What emotion do you want to evoke? How do you
want Louisa Sutton to come across to the reader? (Your goals might be new goals, or they might
be old goals that you didnâ??t pull off as successfully in the original JA as you had hoped to.) List
3 tools from Writing Tools that you will use to create your new version. C) Write a new
version that uses your original excerpt as a jump-off point. (Approximately 1.5 pages or longer.)
The goal here is to use the same raw material to different effect through prose and stylistic
Note: while this version should be different than your original account, it should still be a
plausible interpretation or rendering of the scene. For example, you might choose to highlight a
different aspect of Louisa Suttonâ??s character, or put a different spin on something, but it should
seem like a fair interpretation (rather than wild distortion just for the sake of being different).
Option 2 should consist of at least 2 full pages of new material (revision plan paragraph
new version of JA).
Professor: Caimeen Garrett
1. First, the report needs to include some introductory details. The date, location and the list
of the officers who attended the incident need to be included at the beginning. If there are
witnesses, living victims or missing persons they need to be mentioned, too.
2. As these reports are incredibly important for the proper study of a crime scene, they need
to include the right amount of information. For a crime scene, this means including every
noticeable detail that can be seen. From the placement of the bodies and the wounds they
suffered to the details of the clothes they were wearing, the information presented has to
3. The information presented in the report has to be placed in a cohesive and well-structured
manner. If a certain aspect of a crime scene is being displayed, say the footsteps left on a
carpeted floor, it has to be described completely before moving on to another detail. This
will make the report have a better flow and it will save the confusion that could be caused
by jumping back to a previously covered aspect because something was left out.
4. The report has to be written as objectively as possible. The information presented does
not need to include any speculations of the circumstances that led to the sceneâ??s state.
Though it might look like something happen, these assumptions should be left out of
these reports. What matters most is what was scene, the exact state of the scene when it
was discovered. If it is necessary to include these remarks, and if it can be connected to
immediate evidence at the scene, they should be marked as the suppositions they are.
5. The writing style has to be straightforward and direct, even though it has to be very
detailed. The words used to describe the imagery have to be chosen based on their
accuracy to represent the situation and not any other aesthetic or subjective point of view.
There is no need to embellish the situation, but it is important to point out measurements,
directions and sizes.
6. Though these reports can be very lengthy because of the need to describe the minutia of
the things observed, this does not mean that length, in itself, is desired. Try to make sure
that the information only contains what is vital. Only what is directly connected to, or
could be connected to, the crime scene should be included in the text.
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