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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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A clause is a group of related words.  A clause has both a subject and a predicate (something that modifies the subject).  There are two types of clauses.

This is a different claus

Independent Clause – An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence.  Here is an example: We usually walk to school.  This sentence expresses a complete thought and can stand alone.

Dependent Clause – A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a sentence.  Here is an example: when the cake is done baking. This clause does not express a complete thought and cannot stand alone.

        Step ONE. Identify each of the clauses in 1-25 as independent or dependent.

1.  if Mr. Jones jumps up and screams

2.  she enjoys the opera

3.  unless it comes by FedEx today

4.  although I lost the library book

5.  they’re going on a romantic picnic

6.  mom found it in the drawer

7.  the ninth graders sang

8.  when the movie is finally over

9.  I decided to go 

10.  Supposing we survive the fall

11.  we’re planning to have a huge party

12.  when I’m finished reading

13. if you think it’s a good idea

14. unless somebody tries to stop me

15. he will probably get into college

16. even though she was afraid of clowns

17. even if we can’t get a ride

18. hiking is a big deal to her

19. despite my weakness in math

20. regardless of whether it snows

21. eating ice cream and smiling

22. it was very late when Carl got back

23. which had surfaced just behind our boat

24. no matter how I try

25. the entire city celebrated


  • Number a fresh page 1-25. These numbers correspond to the clauses above.
  • If a clause is dependent, add your own independent clause to make a complete  sentence.  Can go before or after.
  • If a clause is independent, add your own new independent clause to it. Can go before or after.


Basic guide to dealing with clauses:

Conjunctions for connecting two independent clauses (IC + IC): use a comma plus for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so, = F.A.N.B.O.Y.S.

Marker words for connecting two independent clauses (IC + IC):  also, consequently, furthermore, however, moreover, nevertheless, therefore (to name a few)

Connecting independent and dependent: IC + DC = use a transition word like after, although, as (as if), because, before, if, since, unless, until, whereas, when(ever), while.  DC + IC = comma, especially if the DC begins with a transition word

Major rule to remember for life: Two independent clauses (IC + IC) must not be  connected with a comma. This is called a “comma splice”.  E.g., “I walked into class, I sat down.”  Use conjunction instead.

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Commas are an area we need to look at, They are easy to use but sometimes we either use them too much, in the wrong place or not at all.

First big comma question asked by everyone: Can I use a comma “‘,” before “and”?

Answer: YES, if it is in a series (it is called a serial comma) of three or more things. for example: “He ate apples, cheese, and grapes” =  OK. Or, “Cars, trucks, and motorcycles filled the streets.” = OK.

Second big comma question asked by everyone: Do I have to use a comma “,” before “and”? 

Answer: Yes, just do it. Trust me.

One of the cutest punctuation marks


1. Use commas to separate items in a series of three or more (as mentioned above).

  • Subjects in the program of study include English, math, and psychology.
  • Go up two flights of stairs, turn right, walk to the end of the hall, and you will be there.

Place the commas –> The receptionist will admit you the radiologist will x-ray you the nurse will prepare you for surgery and the surgeon will operate.

Note: The final comma in the list is optional. However, be
consistent: either use it routinely or don’t use it at all.

2. Use a comma to separate independent clauses (complete thoughts) when they are joined by conjunctions –> and –  nor – for –  or – so – but –  yet.

  • Max started writing the draft two weeks ago, and he completed it today.
  • We wanted to go to the movie ,yet the idea of a quiet afternoon at home was also appealing.
  • Jim’s car broke down, so he was late for work again.

Place the commas –> I have no intention of celebrating when I complete my degree nor do I intend to go to the graduation.  

3. Use comma(s) to separate from the rest of the sentence any word or expression that is not essential to the sentence’s meaning and grammatical correctness. Often these are dependent clauses. Experiment by saying the sentence without them (bold ones below). If it still makes sense, than that part needs commas on one or both ends

  • As a young student, Anne had often dreamed of being an Olympic sprinter
  • Carol Shields, a university chancellor, wrote The Stone Diaries and Larry’s Party.
  • Valerie, predictably, was named class valedictorian.
  • Little Sarah, wishing secretly for a new pony, blew out her birthday candles.
  • Having  just finished the marathon, Ron was in serious need of some Gatorade.

Place the commas –>   Chris for some weird reason started throwing all of his money out the car window.

We will be dealing with this following comma exercise in class. Download and complete this document —->COMMAS!.  You need to complete it, print it, and have it TOMORROW (Thursday 9/26). 

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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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Below are three strong examples of modern satire from America’s leading news source, The Onion.

1. The Industrial Revolution 

2. The Disease called Obesity

3. Night Olympics and more! (video)

                       Questions to answer and issues to deal with for each example. Please respond in paragraph from

1. What is the issue or topic that is being satirized?  Is there a deeper message or more serious subject lurking under the surface? Is it obvious or not? Explain.

2. What kind of tone/tones do the examples have (serious, comical, scholarly, etc)? Give examples.

3. How is humor used to enhance the satirical message? Give examples.

4. Is the satire effective? does it work or could an average person not “get it”? Explain.

Have this digitally completed in a Word document for Tuesday the 21st.

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