PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
Extra Credit Assignment for All Classes
**Please read carefully because if you don’t meet all of these requirements, I WILL NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT, and you WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT for it. In other words, unless it is done completely and correctly, I will not accept it. Moreover, I WILL NOT accept extra credit assignments even one minute after the due date!
Task: You will design a holiday based on a work of literature we have read in class this year.
You will be required to…
- explain the meaning/significance of the holiday, i.e. why people celebrate it and how the work of literature lends to that significance. The meaning of the holiday should be based on the message of the literary work. You can celebrate ideas embedded within the work or even characters. This requirement carries a minimum of two paragraphs.
- discuss the customs and how people dress—consider the activities, rites and rituals, symbols, decorations, types of foods, etc. What do people do to celebrate this holiday? This requirement carries a minimum of two paragraphs.
- create a greeting card or party invitation for an event celebrating this holiday. This greeting card/invitation should look real; it should tastefully done and it must contain the ideals of your holiday.
- provide images of your holiday celebrations—draw them or design them on a computer
- You may not turn in anything larger than a standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
- Your greeting card can be smaller and card stock is acceptable.
- The due date is Wednesday, June 7th before the end of 1st PERIOD. If you cannot get it to me by that time, do not bother to ask if you can submit it later. The answer is no.
- You may complete this assignment to achieve a passing grade if you are currently failing English. Please note, however, this does not replace any major make up work you have to do.
- Anyone who would like to increase their English grade one half a letter grade. No one who currently has an A+ may submit this assignment.
I AM VERY SERIOUS—UNLESS YOU COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT WITH CARE AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY AND CORRECTLY, AND SUBMIT IT NOT A MINUTE LATE, I WILL NOT ACCEPT IT, AND YOU WILL HAVE COMPLETED IT FOR NOTHING.
The date for your presentations and annotated bibliographies is 5/30/17. Please work diligently to meet this deadline as you will not be given an opportunity to make it up after that date, nor will you be offered an alternative time–you must complete your presentation ON THE DUE DATE with the rest of the class.
I have included the handout with the requirements here: 8th Grade Research Project 2017 for posting
The communication rubric for your presentations is here: frolio rubric communication
To achieve success on this project, you must adhere to all the guidelines you’ve been given. You are required to practice your presentations in advance in order to perfect them and to ensure you meet the time requirements. You are guaranteed a poor result for lack of planning, effort, and practice.
Please also bear in mind that, as a project which cannot be taken lightly or completed in a day, you should be reading and conducting your research every night. In fact, you should have already been working for a week! If you haven’t been, you are guaranteeing a poor result for yourself.
Attention periods 3 and 6–please familiarize yourselves with the contents of the site linked here: MLA Annotated Bibliography
You will need this in the next week and a half…See you tomorrow.
Student Handout: Fable Assignment
Write your own fable!
Fable: A short, fictional prose or verse tale with a specific moral. As allegorical works, fables are told to illustrate a particular point or lesson, which is explicitly expressed at the end of the tale via an epigram. Fables often feature animals (personified) as their principal characters.
Instructions: Using the same moral from the Aesopian fable you’ve read today, or a moral of your own, create your own fable. However, your fable must appeal to a modern audience. Think about how the moral fits the world today, and use the best elements to reach people in our times. The animals you use, as well as the situations, should be familiar to your audience (people today), something they can relate to. You may also illustrate your fable—add pictures, art etc. Your fable is due on Friday, April 8th, 2016.
- Must contain personified animals as characters
- Must serve to convey the moral as a general truth
- Must be grammatically sound
- All words must be spelled correctly
- Must be between eight and sixteen sentences in length
*Remember: you have a purpose! Your fable must work to convey the moral—it must not be silly. Silliness will serve to mock the moral, and that is not our purpose!
The grades (and comments!) for your TKAM close reading responses are now posted on the portal.
Attention: stories not submitted by class time tomorrow will incur a late penalty of 10 points.