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Slaughterhouse 5 – 3D symbolism

Slaughterhouse Five is a novel about alien abduction, time travel, bombs, family ties and surviving as an American prisoner of war in nazi Germany.

This will be the final book, and the final project is based on it.

The project is to create (not purchase) a three dimensional object that symbolizes an aspect/aspects of the book. This product will be accompanied by a written rationale explaining your product’s symbolism in detail. Use common sense when deciding on the size of your product. If it can be cupped in the palm of your hand it is too small. If it cannot sit on a shelf or is physically inconvenient to move, then it is too big.

It will be due on the day of the final –> (Thursday finals week)

Slaughterhouse 5 – 3D symbolism Rubric!



Demonstrates insightful and engaged knowledge of the text through the creation.


Attention to detail and quality are very evident in the product. Reflects a sustained effort.


Product itself is elaborate, unusual, unique or creative, approaches the source text in an abstract way.


Amount of text in rationale is ample and descriptive in explaining the symbolic value of the product. (Text fully rationalizes the product). Text is mechanically/grammatically sound.


 Product and rationale are submitted on time, complete


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From its inception, the world had never been a perfect place, so human beings make attempts to improve the world satirethrough many strange and varied forms. So, comedy and satire became tools of “punishment” and “shame”, in order to draw attention to our habits, reactions, acts etc..

  1. Brainstorm a modern issue affecting America or the larger world.
  2. Create a video version of your own satirical proposed solution to the problem you choose
  3. Audience is fellow students
  4. You are one group, six members. All appear in video.

Like Swift’s work, your proposal should

  •   Be both playful and ultimately shocking or ridiculous
  •   Shine a light on a real issue
  •   Use imagery (images, sounds and verbal imagery) to affect the viewer
  •   Use irony – is one of the most common tools of satire, and it expresses something that opposes itself or what is     expected. Bender defines irony
  •  Use exaggeration – overstating something in order to highlight your point images1
  •  Use juxtaposition: putting two unconnected ideas into correlation
  •  Use oxymoron:  combine two contradictory terms.
  •  Use parody: to imitate, to impersonate others in order to ridicule them or point out how ridiculous they or their ideas are.

Endangered animals



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Please give your name and the URL for your website (hyperlink it, please)

Kyle – John – Kevin – Melba – Susan –Sarah 

Use the comments section at the bottom, please

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First rule: Don’t panic.

Hitchhiker’s guide Chapter project: To be completed as we read. groups of two create a scrapbook page for each of the chapters you are assigned;

Each Chapter requires one of the following on 11.5 x 17 (or larger) paper:

  • The number of the chapter and a title (you will have to make up one that is appropriate for the chapter)
  • An image with symbolic or metaphorical value in relation to the chapter. (original/not from internet)
  • An image with literal meaning in relation to the chapter. (original/not from internet)
  • A chapter summary of exactly five sentences.
  • Three essential/meaningful quotes taken directly from the chapter, and the speakers credited.
  • Example of something humorous/comical from the chapter. (please put into context)

Groups: Kyle and Susan (green group), Kevin and Melba (red group), and Sarah and John (blue group)


prologue/prelude – 3 – 6 <–by the end of Monday, the 4th) –  9  – 12  – 15 – 18 <– by the end of the day Friday the eighth) – 21 – 24 – 27 – 30 – 33

1 – 4 – 7 <–by the end of Monday, the 4th) – 10 – 13 – 16  – 19  <– by the end of the day Friday the eighth)–  22 –  25 –  28 –  31 – 34

2 – 5 – 8 <–by the end of Monday, the 4th) –  11 – 14 – 17 –  20   <– by the end of the day Friday the eighth)– 23 – 26 –  29 – 32 – 35

–> Have the book finished by the time you return from Spring Break. There will be a quiz on the book similar to the Chapter 1-10 quiz.  If you wish to pass the quiz, reading is inevitable.starry_e0

Descriptors y/n
Chapter display uses required amount of text concerning required topics (quotes, summary, etc.) in legible writing or typing of a visually sensible size and amount
 Chapter images fit assignment requirements, are colorful and sensibly sized in relation to the overall paper.

PDF of the full text –> The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Summative project choices for HGTTG

  • HGTTG study guide, hosted on the web, for people learning about the novel.
  • Color illustrated children’s storybook version
  • A news tabloid (minimum four pages front and back) dealing with the exploits of character(s).
  • A soundtrack for the book (8-10 tracks) burned on a CD with cover art and an insert with explanations (liner notes) for each song’s corresponding scene’s significance.
  • An original theme song for the book, with lyrics and a reflection on the writing/recording process (insert). 2 minute minimum length, on CD with cover art
  • The scrapbook or personal diary of a character.
  • comic book version of the story
  • A 2013 HGTTG Calendar with 12 months of appropriate images each with an explanation containing a quote from the book.
  • Any type of project that uses sound, images or the printed word (or a combination of these) to express an understanding or appreciation of the story and fulfill the rubric criteria.

HGTTG Rubric

Checklist Points
Demonstrates a insightful/thorough knowledgeof the text through the chosen medium.     /5
Attention to detail is very evident in the content of the product.     /5
Expresses information in an unusual, unique or creative way that is audience appropriate     /5
Amount of text/writing is ample, proofread, and complete in form, regardless of project type.     /5
Product is neat, decipherable, and of high quality.     /5
All images (photos, drawings) and words are original, not taken from internet     /5

Comments                                                                                 TOTAL: _______/

Reading schedule:

Through Chapter 10 by Monday the 4th. Multiple choice quiz on that day.

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 This Is Spinal Tap (officially spelled This Is Spın̈al Tap, with a non-functional umlaut over the letter n — n-diaeresis — and a dotless letter i) is an American 1984 rock musical mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. The film satirizes the wild personal behavior and musical pretensions of hard-rock and heavy-metal musical bands, as well as the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries of the time. 

Reiner and the three main stars are credited as the writers of the film, based on the fact that much of the dialogue was ad libbed by them. Several dozen hours of footage were filmed before Reiner edited it to the released film. A 4½ hour bootleg version of the film exists and has been traded among fans and collectors for years.[2]

The three core members of Spinal Tap—David St. HubbinsDerek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel—are played by the American actors Michael McKeanHarry Shearer, and Christopher Guest, respectively. The three actors play their musical instruments and speak with mock English accents throughout the film.

Spinal Tap live on stage.

Reiner appears as Marty DiBergi, the maker of the documentary. Other actors in the film are Tony Hendra as the group manager Ian Faith and June Chadwick as St. Hubbins’ interfering girlfriend Jeanine. Actors Paul ShafferFred WillardFran DrescherBruno Kirby,Howard HessemanEd Begley, Jr.Patrick MacneeAnjelica HustonVicki BlueDana Carvey and Billy Crystal all play supporting roles or make cameo appearances in the film. Scream queen starlets Brinke Stevens andLinnea Quigley appear in cameos as groupies of the band.

In 2002, This Is Spinal Tap was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

This is Spinal Tap is often considered (by critics, musicians and film reviewers) to be a loving tribute to rock and roll culture while simultaneously being very critical of it.  Discuss why this is or is not a valid claim.  Comments section please. Use basic conventions of writing in your response (paragraph splits, spelling and grammar, examples to support your opinions, details from the film). The general writing rubric applies, it can be downloaded here > RUBRIC.   

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     PART III – Wall notes For Chapters 11-20

Use your wall wall section to record examples and artifacts from the book. Think of it as an informative poster to help people in the class understand the novel

  • Sarah and Melba: Chapters 21, 23, 27, 29, 
  • Kyle and Kevin: Chapters 22, 25, 19, 30
  • John and Susan:  Chapters 24, 26, 28, Epilogue


  • Synopsis – This summarizes the chapter in terms of plot actions, newly revealed information, and how the chapter ends.
  • examples of imagery or figurative language, figures of speech and new/strange vocabulary.
  • Proof of Nick’s persona/personality (Buckley’s characterization of Nick)
  • Description of  a humorous/satirical situation, instance or event in the chapter.

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Think about the following material.

After reading the following, describe your feelings regarding the light, medium and dark. Which satire is the most effective in relation to the actual source. Why?  In a minimum of 400 words, elaborate and be specific in your rationale. Respond in the comments section of this post, at the bottom.









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