Projects Language Arts: Instructions for the Fable Rewrite - Due Friday, March 30 The Tortoise and the Hare
Read the original Tortoise and the Hare to yourself, and then brainstorm your ideas for rewriting the story. The story must be rewritten in the first person point of view of either the tortoise or the hare. As you include the main events of the story in your rewrite, add the thoughts and feelings of your narrator. The point of this assignment is for you to focus your creativity on the thoughts and feelings of your main character.
Enrichment: I have attached the file for the tic-tac-toe assignment sheet for your final project at the bottom of this page. Language Arts - Rubric and Instructions for the How-to are attached below. Language Arts - Rubric for Persuasive/Research Stamp Paper is attached below. Language Arts - Persuasive Research Paper
The United States Postal Service is selecting nominations for the face of the next postage stamp. Select a person (alive or dead that is a famous celebrity or historical figure) in which you feel is worthy of this great honor. Why do they deserve to be the face of the next stamp? What in their life has made this person worthy of this honor?
There are three parts to this quarter long project in which you will have to complete.
Part one: Check out a biographical or autobiographical book (from either our school media center or from the local library) and READ IT! Take notes as you read your book to include the following: a famous or meaningful quote from this person, his/her birth date (possibly death date) biographical information (where they were born, raised, etc.) education and achievements. You also have to have at least two on-line resources.
Student must include the work cited information of the book they read, as well as, the online resources in the bibliography of his/her paper. The student must have the book with him/her in class the day of the presentation.
Due date #1: Book must be brought to class and approved by Ms. Hanse on Friday January 27th. Bring this book to class for D.E.A.R each week. It will count as a DEAR grade and an ABR grade on January 27th. This is an easy grade! No excuses will be accepted (“I’m waiting for my book to come into the library” If this is the case, find another person to read about)
Part Two: As a class, we will work on persuasive techniques and the research process this quarter. Students will research their person in greater depths and ultimately compose a 2-3 page paper (double spaced, 12 font, MLA format, Business letter style) Students will be graded on all steps of the research process (note taking, outlining, writing a thesis, drafting, revising, adding transitions, counterargument, conclusion, and bibliography) This paper will include a work-cited (bibliography page) with 3 sources of information (two of which will be internet, the other one must be the book)
Part Three: Students will create a replica of their stamp. Using a sheet of computer paper bring to life your postage stamp. Students are graded on neatness and creativity. The replica will be used as the cover sheet for the student’s paper.
Due dates: ongoing throughout the quarter. Final paper deadline is planned for February 17.
Language Arts - Don't forget your Compare/Contrast paper is due tomorrow and it must be in the following format TYPED - Double Spaced - Times New Roman 12 point font. If you do not follow these guidelines, I will give your paper back for correction and it will be late. Language Arts - Please find the link at the bottom of the page for your Compare/Contrast Paper instructions. Remember this paper is due in its final TYPED format on Wednesday, January 18 ENRICHMENT: Please find a link below to the final project instructions for enrichment. It is the next to last file at the bottom of the page. LANGUAGE ARTS - ALTERNATIVE BOOK REPORT (abr) ASSIGNMENT SHEET
ALTERNATIVE BOOK REPORTS??!!
The Alternative Book Report (ABR) is an assignment where students are encouraged to present ideas or themes of a novel through creative means. Students should plan on presenting for 3 – 5 minutes each. The presentation should show that the student completed the book and be related to some aspect of the book. Students are required to include the following book elements in every ABR presentation: plot, theme, conflict, character, setting and a brief synopsis of the book. If a student chooses a book that there is also a movie for, the student is expected to also watch the movie and create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two. The Venn diagram will be presented during their presentation along with the rest of the presentation. If you are reading a book of questionable length or difficulty, Mrs. Hanse reserves the right to refuse your book report. (No kiddy books) Also, no two students in the same class may read the same book, therefore, all books must be approved by Mrs. Hanse by Friday, October 28. Getting the book approved means you bring the book in and show it to me; I will not approve the book based on a title or a picture of a book. Book approval is part of the ABR grade.
1. Plot Mobile – Your task is to create a mobile on which you will hang cards that describe major events in the plot of a book you have just read. The mobile must include the description and illustration of four major events from the novel. Be creative with your mobile. Everyone has a printer. In other words, just printing pictures from the internet is not being creative.
2. Create a Web Site for your book. The web site must include the 5 book elements, a short synopsis, and a review (advertisement) for the book. This must be created on a web site page so we can access it from school. Be creative and colorful in your web design.
3. Setting Mural or Diorama – Your task is to create a piece of a mural or a diorama depicting the setting in which an important part of the novel took place. You must be able to explain in detail the event that took place in this setting, and you have to include the book elements that are listed as required in the opening paragraph of this assignment sheet.
4. Write an Alternative Ending – Rewrite the ending of the book you read and be able to explain why your ending is better than the one the author wrote. During your presentation, you will need to give a short synopsis of the book, set the stage for your ending by explaining the original ending, and include the book elements in your presentation.
Due Date: Monday, December 19
Early Bird Specials (Extra Credit) – Thursday, December 15 + 20 points
Friday, December 16 + 10 points
ENRICHMENT ONLY - FINAL ASSESSMENT PROJECT FOR SOMEONE IS HIDING ON ALCATRAZ ISLAND I have attached the tic-tac-toe assignment sheet for your final assessment. You can download it from the file below, at the bottom of this page.
Language Arts - Narrative Essay Instructions I Remember Assignment
Choose 2 memories from your memory map. Think about what vivid memories they are and how they have shaped you into who you are today. Use the narrative essay model as a guide for the form. You can start the paragraph with “I remember…” if you like, but don’t feel that you have to. It’s more important that you write honestly. Always remember the four rules of writing:
1. Don’t Be Boring
2. Write from the Heart
3. Real Writers Write Real
4. Show, Don’t Tell
Your piece should paint a realistic picture of your memories If you notice in the Bike Accident piece, I provide a lot of details. Include details, that is how you show not tell.
The piece should be at least four paragraphs including the Introduction, Body, and Conclusion and at least one and a half pages typed, doubled spaced, 12 point, times new roman. This is to be a narrative (a story). The rough draft of the paper is due, Friday, September 30.
Narrative Essay - See blog for instructions for the first step.
Baseline Essay - Write a letter to Mrs. Hanse (5th & 7th) or Mrs. Cole (4th & 6th) telling the teacher "What is uniques about your family?" You need to be vivid and creative - not "I have 4 simblings". Include details, details, details. You can write about several things that make your family unique. If your ask "how long does itg need to be?" the answer is "as long as you need it to be. We are looking to see your writing potential.