S: Mary Van - Example - English 10 - 2011
BC: Have fun putting your book together...
FC: Life Lessons | Assignment Explanation | The Big Book of
1: The Big Book of Life Lessons | As we read through Harper Lee's monumental novel, you will notice that Atticus attempts to teach his children lessons of morality, integrity, honesty, courage, and acceptance. You will also notice that he is extremely eloquent when doing so - in other words, he always seems to say the right thing. These lessons are as important and poetic today as they were when this book was published in 1960. | Assignment: You assignment is to search not only for the lessons that Atticus teaches his children, but for the lessons that you would like to teach your future children. With this in mind, you will create a book of lessons from life... | Create a book of advice and instructions for living a good life. Draw upon the wisdom of Atticus in his lessons and examples to his children and neighbors. In addition, draw upon the wisdom of your parents, mentors, family (including yourself), or any other important figures in your life. Think of the lessons they have to teach you, and finally, look to other important cultural figures for the wisdom they have to share with the world. | Guidelines: You will need a minimum of ten quotes from each category: -Find quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird, specifically Atticus. You will need to look for passages illustrating life-lessons that you believe are worthy of remembering. Look for passages that are important in showing Atticus’ principles and values, in showing what he believes about courage, understanding others, respect for other’s differences, compassion, fighting, shooting, justice, standing up for what you believe in, etc. -Find quotes from your own family, mentors, and friends. You will need to talk to your parents, grandparents, other relatives, mentors, and close friends about the lessons of life they are trying to teach you. Write down the exact words and phrases they use, so that you might use their original and authentic wording in your book. -Find quotes from other important prominent figures. Look to noteworthy thinkers, politicians, authors, artists, comedians, or other important people throughout history. Find out what they have to offer about living a good life.
2: When you have collected enough material... You will need to select and arrange quotes you want to use in your book. Think about how you want each quote placed in your book. See the example below: -Thematic arrangement - possibly based on character, speaker, chronology (lessons for different stages of life), etc. The options of arranging your quotes are up to you. Put some thought into this process--do no just “slap” quotes onto a page and call it good. Put some time into not just presenting quotes, but presenting quotes in a particular way for a particular reason. You will have to rationalize your order in a half a page of writing at the very beginning of the book. Creativity counts! | Decorating your project: Make it look nice. No good book on living a good life would be complete without aesthetic appeal. Your book should be both pleasing to the soul and pleasing to the eye. Take the time to decorate your front and back cover as well as the interior with appropriate symbols, pictures, designs, etc. The decorations you put on the page should represent the writing on the page. You may add pictures from your life.
3: I have added pictures of Montana that I have taken while I lived there.
4: Your rationale: Now that you have made this amazing piece of literature, it is time to write you own half-page rational that discusses the following items: -Why you chose the quotes you chose--not every single quote needs to be explained, but do explain your reasoning for choosing the authors, speakers, and figures that you did. -Why you arranged your quotes in the way you did. Again, why did you lay out the quotes in the order that you put them? -How you decorated the book and why you decorated it in this way. What artistic strengths did you play to? How are you decorations and your quotes connected to each other? -How did you come up with your amazing fantastic and brilliant title?
5: You will be graded on the following criteria: -Your thoughtfulness and creativity. Did you put much effort into the assignment? -How intriguing, compelling, and accurate the quotes are. -The number of quotes. Did you meet the guidelines? Did you go above and beyond the guidelines? -The quality of the quotes. Does each quote contribute something essential to the whole meaning of your book? -The aesthetic appeal and creativity of the book itself. Is it creative? Does it look nice? -Neatness and attention to detail. -Your rationale. Did you explain yourself fully? Did you check for grammatical and mechanical errors? Does it flow?