World History

Cry Freedom Analysis


As evidenced by a distinct lack of enthusiasm for writing essays and lack of effective writing skills, students will be embarking on a writing project in class.  Students will also be able to work on their proficiency with Microsoft Word, as the final product will be completed on that software, and handed in to the website  Students will also learn to effectively peer-edit their comrades’ work and suggest clearer ways of communicating their message. Therefore, the bulk of this grade will be based on proficiency of skills, not just content.


Essay Question:


Analyze the historical accuracy of the movie Cry Freedom. In other words, are the characters and events consistent with what you have learned about Apartheid in South Africa?  How might this movie’s content relate to Black History Month?  Also, has this movie changed your views on tolerance and acceptance of other people’s differences throughout history?




February 7 – intro project & start movie

February 7-10 – finish movie & review notes

February 15 – working bibliography due

February 17 – outline, including thesis, due; review in class

February 22 – rough draft due; review in class

February 27 – Final draft plus bibliography due to


Grade Breakdown:


Movie Notes = 10 points

Bibliography = 10 points

Outline = 15 points

Rough draft = 25 points

Final draft = 30 points

Peer Editing = 10 points


Total = 100 points


Final Thoughts:


I know that each one of you will improve many of your learning skills through this project.  Some of you may find this project to be very challenging as much of it will be accomplished in class, and you have not had as much practice writing essays as I would like.  Therefore, keep persisting, and definitely don’t be afraid to ask me for extra help with this assignment.  Remember, it is the process and skills that I am looking as well as the content or “accuracy.”