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10th grade Project: Author Study on an American Author


Author Study Project due date: TBA

Oral presentations will begin that Monday. Order of presenting will be decided by Mrs. Kimball.

If absent on the due date or on day of presentation you risk a 20% late penalty. If absent, you or a parent/guardian must contact me via email marykimball@portlandstpats.com ASAP.


Be sure to always know where your information is coming from. You must properly cite your sources. Failure to cite is plagiarism! Plagiarism is cheating. Plagiarism is a serious offense and you will be penalized for it.


Page 42 of the St. Patrick School Parent/Student 2010-11 Handbook states:

Students may not plagiarize another person's work. Plagiarism is the use of another person's work without giving credit to that person. Plagiarism includes using information from a book, the Internet, a friend, or a parent. It pertains to words, pictures, and ideas. Students are expected to do their own work, unless otherwise specified by the teacher. If an assignment calls for research and/or use of information from a source other than the student's own thoughts or textbook, that information should be documented. If a student is concerned about possible plagiarism, the student should consult the teacher before handing in the assignment. For information regarding proper documentation, students can consult MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or visit Purdue University's on-line writing lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. When students plagiarize, they will receive no credit for the assignment with the possibility of suspension and/or expulsion.

Further, page 18 of the handbook states:
The National Honor Society guidelines stipulate that consideration for membership be deferred for one year if a student is found guilty of cheating



Cite all sources in MLA form (see Purdue Owl link above. You may also use the Citation Generator from Calvin College available at http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/ for further help with proper MLA citation form.



Getting started on your project:

Begin researching American authors to find one who interests you. You may have one in mind already. You need to do preliminary research. Once you are ready, pick an American author. Each student must have a separate author. You are not limited to any time period. The requirement is that he or she must be a published American writer of any genre.

*Remember to keep track of all websites that you use during your research.*


Resources to help you pick an author:

Click here to start an author search

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/literature/authorsearch-hs/author_search.php

Click here to go to Project Gutenberg where you can look up authors

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page




Author Study Project

Overview:

Your author and project must be approved. You will be expected to follow your project proposal, so if you make any changes, be sure to amend your proposal and resubmit it for approval. In your project proposal, you must demonstrate how you will approach researching your authors and your focus. Use the example proposal highlighted below when writing your project proposal. Initial project proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Note: You'll be gone at the College Fair on Tuesday, April 9th.

For Author Study Project:

- Research of author must be evident.

- Time and effort spent on producing the project must be evident.

- You are to learn about the author, his/her works, and his/her life.

- You are to look for significant shared connections between the author's works (such as themes, settings (time and place), characters, characterizations, mood, tone, topics, etc), and connections possibly to the author's own life experiences. Mark Twain, for example, traveled the country and wrote about his experiences for newspapers. Then he created fictional characters based on real people he encountered around the country.

- The connecting themes must be present throughout the project.

- You are expected to read selections of the author's writing

- You are to create a project demonstrating what you have learned about each author in relation to your project focus.

- You will be expected to work on this project outside of class time. You will be required to give progress updates and details along the way. PROCRASTINATING IS NOT AN OPTION.

Graded Progress updates due:

Wed, April 10th

Fri, April 12th

Mon, Apr 15th

Wed, Apr 19th

- Projects will be presented orally in class. Oral presentations of projects will be graded in addition to the projects themselves.


Project Ideas - you are not limited to these below. Creativity is expected. Make a project that makes people say "WOW!"


  • Create a detailed map highlighting the locations of important events in the life of the author (and his/her family if relevant)
  • Write interview questions and answers for the authors. Video or audio record the interview
  • Write a dialogue of a discussion between the two authors about relevant topics. Video or audio record the discussion, or perform it in front of the class.
  • Make a webpage for the author around your project focus - include selections of his/her works and pictures
  • Illustrate a series of drawings showing important events in the lives of the authors with captions telling why they are significant; how they connect to his/her works, themes, etc.
  • Illustrate a series of drawings of scenes from different works of the author
  • Create a model, or models, of significant shared connections between author's works (such as themes, settings, characters and characterization), author's own life experiences.
  • Create a hand-drawn and full color caricature of the author that clearly represents his/her life, works, and major connections (A caricature is a hand-drawn portrait that exaggerates the essence of a person or thing to create an easily identifiable visual likeness.)
  • Produce an original short story based on characters created by the writer that shares a connecting theme to the writers' original fiction
  • Create a mobile of significant shared connections between author's works (such as themes, settings, characters and characterization), author's own life experiences.
  • Create a shadowbox displaying symbolic items relevant to the authors of significant shared connections between author's works (such as themes, settings, characters and characterization), author's own life experiences.
  • Create a scrapbook sharing research gathered about the author
  • Create a game centered on the author and information found in your research
  • Create an interesting and interactive PowerPoint presentation centered on the author and theme connections
  • Create a playlist or CD with a relevant visual cover, and list of at least 12 songs; must create a CD booklet in which you include explanations to the relevance of each song as fitting your author study; lyrics to at least five of the songs--it would work well to use an author's original poems as song lyrics; be sure to appropriately cite anything like this or any songs that are the work of other artists; Songs may be original and written by you, but do not have to be;
  • Create a diorama showing relevance between author's common themes, and other literary devices (setting, characterization, mood, tone, characters, etc.)
  • Create a journal written by you discussing your take on important aspects of the author's works and your author study project




REQUIREMENTS:

1. All projects must include (at minimum) a brief biography of the author, including:

a. genres written
b. what his/her contributions were/are to American literature and possibly American history
c. what literary time period into which his/her writing fits
------Colonial, Revolutionary, American Romanticism, Naturalism, Realism, WWI, Roaring 20s, Depression Era, WWII, post-WWII, Modern, Post-Modern, Contemporary --- You may have to do a bit of research to figure this out.

2. All visual aspects must be visually appealing and have a true "Wow!" factor.

3. The connecting themes must be evident and present throughout the project.

4. Significant shared connections between the author's works (such as themes, settings (time and place), characters, characterizations, mood, tone, topics, etc), and possibly connections to his/her own life experiences must be evident.
Mark Twain, for example, traveled the country and wrote about his experiences for newspapers. Then he created fictional characters based on real people he encountered around the country.


3. Written components to be turned in with your final project must include:
- Proper MLA formatting - use a header, not a title page
- Author biography (in #1 above)
- Paragraph (minimum) explaining why you chose this author, what works/selections you read of his/hers, what common themes you found in his/her works, what other connections you made,
- Paragraph (minimum) explaining how you conducted your research and three major things you learned about the author/American literature during the project
- Paragraph (minimum) explaining what you created for your project, why you chose this, and how it came together (include reflection on if there were problems, what and how you handled them).
- A comprehensive, MLA style Works Cited page must be turned in with your project.

Be as specific as possible on proposals.

Example of a Project Proposal:

Author Study Project Proposal

Name: Sparty Shamrock

Date submitted: 3/27/13

Author of study: John Donne

Project focus: Love poems he was paid to write by patrons

- I will read several love poems by the author

- I will look for connecting themes in the poems other than just "love."

- I will research why he was paid to write poems and who some of the paying patrons were

- I will research and connect the life circumstances that required the writers to do so. I will answer questions such as

1) Did he need the money?

2) How did he get started writing?

Was writing a hobby they were also paid for?

3) What was his education? How did each writer get started writing?

4) How does his writing contribute meaningfully to American literature?

5) Did the writers know one another? If not, did they know of one another? Did they influence each other in any ways?


- I will create a project that shows the themes that ran through the poems in addition to "love"

- I will create a series of original drawings to accompany five poems that I will select from the writer. I will include connections of themes throughout the drawings.

-I will create a photo book for the author study presenting my findings and my creations, as well as poem selections.