This is the place to learn about what’s expected for AP and Honors. I will post specifics ASAP. In the meantime, keep reading (Frankenstein, Les Mis., P & P, HoD). Also, AP crew: Be finished with the next stage of your AP glossary (books and plays) by the end of the first week back from winter break, 1/16 (as stated in the guidelines). I will collect on that day. have your data IN A NOTEBOOK please.
WINTER BREAK ASSIGNMENT FOR AP AND HONORS STUDENTS.
You will each be creating a wikispace page for the book you read. It’s fun and easy and will make you feel cool. Here is what you need to do to begin:
1. Go to wikispaces.com and sign up using your first and last name as your “username”. Please avoid using odd nicknames for this, because it is important for everyone viewing the space (including me) to know who you are. You will be asked to choose your own password and enter your E-mail address. This is a spam free site, so don’t worry.
2. There is an option to “make your own wiki”. Don’t choose this. Our wiki is already made and all students will contribute to it and be able to see each others work.
3. Once you are a member of wikispaces.com, you will want to go to the European Literature wiki that I set up for the classes. the address is http://europeanliterature.wikispaces.com . When you get there, look to the left of the screen and see the menu. Click “join this wiki”. You may see a box for getting permission. click in it and continue.
4. On the left side of the page there is a small menu with an option called “new page”. Click this and you can set up your own personal page within our wikispace! Now wasn’t that easy?
Click around in wikispaces and observe their tutorial if you like. It’s very easy to use once you get the basics
“Um, what do I put on my new page now that I’ve signed up and joined our wikispace?”
Your page will, of course, center around your respective book. Format the page in the following way and include each of the following “parts”.
- A title. Your page must have a name. The page may not have the word “page” in the title, much like an essay should not have “essay ” as it’s title. Snowboards don’t usually have “snowboard” written on them, now do they?
- A biography of the author (2.5 pts). This should be a comprehensive look at not only facts and figures (birthday, year they did this-or -that) but also describe what kind of person they were, their beliefs and politics, their motivations, their personal circumstances, their books or work beyond just the piece you have read, and the literary movement or era they belong to.
- A synopsis of the book (2.5 pts).
- A photo or image of the book itself.
- A personal review of the book. (15 pts) This is a piece of writing that not only discusses the world of the book (plot, major themes, characters, symbolism, literary style), it also allows you to use your personal voice (“I” and “you” are O.K.) and to make commentary on the literature as a whole. In this case, sharing and explaining your opinion of the book is required. The review will be the longest piece of writing on the page. Within your review text you will need to include a photo or image that has metaphorical significance and is a symbolic link to the novel. One important thing about reviews is that they are not straight summaries and they do not directly divulge the ending of the book; reviews are designed to inform a reader…but not completely satisfy their curiosity. The reader should want to (or not want to) read the book after seeing your review. Check it out; here is an example. And here is another. And here.
- Sign of the times. (5 pts) Devote a section of your page to discussing the extent to which the book is a reflection of the time, place and cultural atmosphere it comes from.
- Connection corner. (5 pts) This is an area where you inform the reader about other works of literature which share similarities with your main book. You need between three and five other pieces, which can include TV, books, film or drama. List the works, provide brief synopses for each, and provide links to places on the internet where readers can view/hear/read/read about/purchase/further investigate the titles you have suggested. This is a section to show off your knowledge of media beyond the classroom.
All the normal rules and regulations of writing apply here. Post your page in it’s final form before January 13, the first day back from break! That is the “due date” and it will be strictly observed by me, and hopefully by you as well. If you have questions, ask them sooner than later. Do not wait until the night before. You can work on your page over a period of time, just remember to SAVE the progress you make!