Among the ironies of the modern age is this: most of us have much less personal experience with death than did our grandparents, but most of us have seen more “deaths” than our grandparents. How is this possible? Television! The regular fare of TV includes murders, suicides and stories of fatal illnesses. Some are fictionalized in TV drams, others are covered in the news, and yet others appear in animated shows. For most of us, television is where we learn about death, but what do we learn?

Begin writing your Rough Draft: 4 page maximum using the guidelines below. Do NOT go over 4 pages (not including reference list, title page, and any appendices) or the entire paper may be rejected. Write concisely and remember that quality is more important than quantity.

· WRITE AN INTRODUCTION (1 page or less). Tell your reader what you learned. Include a brief summary of what you watched, answering “who, what, when, where, how and why.” For example, explain how the deaths occurred, how they were portrayed, the reactions of characters, etc. Do NOT waste time and space with a verbatim script of each show you watched. 

· COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE PORTRAYAL OF DEATH IN EACH FORMAT (1 page or less). Demonstrate to the reader how you came to learn what you learned. If you need space, shorten your introduction and/or your conclusion.  Remember to cite any sources you use (including the class textbook) in the body of the paper. 

· COMPARE AND CONTRAST WHAT YOU’VE SEEN ON THE SHOWS WITH WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING ABOUT DEATH IN YOUR CLASS MATERIALS, WITH YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF DEATH AND INFORMATION FROM A SCHOLARLY SOURCE (See above). (1 page or less). Consider how the target audience(s) for the show, the show’s sponsors and whether because the show appears on cable television or on “regular” television might impact the depiction of death. Are there any other reasons you can think of that might impact how death is depicted in each format? You should be concentrating most on this part of the paper. 

· WRITE YOUR CONCLUSION (1 page or less). End your paper with a strong conclusion. 

· PROVIDE YOUR FINAL REFERENCE LIST IN CORRECT APA FORMAT (not counted in the page count). This is on a new page following the end of your paper. 

Every citation you use in the body of your paper must have full referencing information here. If you read something but did not cite it in the body of your paper, it does NOT get referenced at the end of your paper. If you DID cite something in your paper, you MUST reference it here.

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