End of year independent reading project
As we get ready to wrap up another academic year, you have an opportunity to share with the classmates one of the books you chose to read for independent reading, as well as to reveal some of your non-academic talents. Your final project will consist of two parts: a written proposal and the presentation itself:
You must submit a formal proposal that introduces the work of literature you selected for the presentation and outlines the project.
The proposal must be typed in MLA style and turned in no later than Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
You proposal is NOT an essay, and does not need to follow a specific essay format. It does, however, need to address the following requirements:
1. Your proposal must begin by introducing the title and the author of the work of literature you selected for the project and a detailed explanation of why you chose to share this particular book (this is your rationale).
2. You must give a brief summary of the plot:
- introduce the protagonist
- explain what type of struggle/conflict the protagonist is involved in/must overcome
- state the major events significant to plot development, including the resolution
- explain what you believe is the main theme/the central message that the author is trying to convey through his work.
3. You must introduce the project you would like to complete
- explain what you would like to do for a project, then give your rationale:
- explain why you would like to do this particular activity
- explain how/in what manner this project will relate to/reflect the content of the book.
Your proposal should not be more than 1.5 - 2 pages long.
The proposal will be graded on the following rubric:
FCA 1: The paper effectively addresses all required elements of the assignment (10 points)
FCA 2: The proposal is detailed enough to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of the plot of the book, of the project, and of the rationale behind both choices (10 points)
FCA 3: The paper successfully follows MLA format (10 points)
This is where you get to be creative: show off your talents and skills!
You may choose from a variety of ideas. The main condition is that your project must be clearly connected to and reflective of the content of the work of literature you selected for the presentation. Some suggestions:
- Content adaptation: create a children's book (age specific) based on the original story line
- Create a movie trailer (use iMovie)
- Write a script for one of your favorite scenes in the book, and then act it out (get your friends/family involved in the performance; record it using iMovie)
- Rewrite your book as a graphic novel
- Create a comic book
-Compose a narrative poem based on the story line and share it with the class
-Compose a song/a ballad, bring your guitar in, and play it for the audience
-Make a scrapbook
-Create a shadow box
And many more creative ideas-make it your own.
Presentations will take place during the last week of school before final exams: dates to be determined.
Please download and familiarize yourself with the expectations for your presentation.
Do keep in mind that you need to dress professionally for the presentation - business or business casual attire. See the attached document for some suggestions: