The British Author Projects
There are four parts of this assignment:
Now, first things first! We need to pick an author. This is the author you will use for the entire year,so pick a good one! (Actually I will have you pick from a hat, but if you have an author you really want, I might be persuaded to give him or her to you...)
The List of Authors
Sir Thomas Malory
C. S. Lewis
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
J. R. R. Tolkien
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sir Philip Sydney
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
H. G. Wells
Robert Louis Stevenson
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
H. Rider Haggard
Sir John Suckling
William Butler Yeats
J. K. Rowling
George Bernard Shaw
Is there another British writer you would like to do that is not on this list? Run it by Lord Alford first and he'll probably approve it.
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The Padlet Timeline Assignment
First, you'll need a Padlet account. You may have an email with a link ready to go, if not, go to padlet.com and sign up using your school email address. Make sure you put in your actual name so that I'll know who to give those points to! That was easy!
DO NOT MAKE A NEW PADLET. You are going to use the one I created for this class. Link for that is below.
Now you need to research information about your author. You will make 5 entries on the timeline. They will include:
Birthday, death (if the author is dead), published works, major life events
You will also include one historical event that is somewhere around your author's lifespan.
For those of you low on math skills - that's 6 posts total (9 total if you want the highest grade possible).
Here is the grading breakdown:
Here is how you do it -
I did the Edgar Rice Burroughs posts. Please note below:
1. Find the column that the event happened on the timeline. Click the + button to open a new post.
2. Fill in the post with this information:
3. For the history post, follow the same format above, but start the Write Something section with the word HISTORY.
REMEMBER - the History post is NOT about your author - it is only about something that happened in the world while your author was alive.
You will post on the Padlet that matches your class:
DO NOT CREATE A NEW PADLET
Finshed? - No you're not. Run it through this check list to insure you have a 100.
DUE - Friday, Sept. 24th
The Revision Paper
You get the opportunity to write about a two page paper on your author. The purpose of this assignment is to practice your revision skills and avoiding plagiarism.
On a Google doc, you will write a 950 word (about one and a half pages) paper about your author. It can be anything about your author - their life, some scandal in their life, their books, their characters, movie adaptations of their works, etc. You will title the document: NAME - Revision Paper (example: Lord Alford - Revision Paper).
Next, run your paper through paperrater.com. Paper Rater will give you suggestions for improvement. It is not perfect by any means, but it will find some errors in your writing. It will also give you a grade.
You can do better! Go back to your Google doc and make the corrections it suggests until you get the grade you want. You can do this as many times as you want to (after all, this project is all about revision). Paper Rater not giving the suggestions you need? Try any one of these online proofreaders found on our research paper site.
Once you get the grade you want, take a screen shot and paste the grade onto your Google doc.
This is your base grade.
How to use Paperater.com - https://youtu.be/HJy8GG8b1Qg
Now run your paper through turnitin.com. Check your email for enrollment key and class id. Here is the presentation on how to use Turn It In. Submit your paper. What's the similarity percentage? That will affect your base grade:
0% = +10
Don't like you percentage? Change what is marked and run it again - however, Turn It In may take up to 24 hours to give you a new percentage. If you make changes, run it through Paper Rater again. If the grade changes, take another screen shot.
Take a screen shot of the Turn It In and paste it below the Paper Rater screen shot. Papers WITHOUT BOTH SCREEN SHOTS will get a zero grade.
The next thing to affect your base score is your word count. You can see how many words you wrote by clicking TOOLS and choosing WORD COUNT or hitting CTRL+SHIFT+C.
1000 words = +10
Once you are pleased with your grade, share it with me. If you are really good with your time management skills and get it in by the early turn in date (Friday, October 15th), get an additional +10.
DUE - Thursday, Oct. 21st
The APA Annotated Bibliography
You will also include about 3-5 lines of text (using Arial 11 point font) detailing some of the information you found about that author from that source.
You will also include how to in-text that source if you were writing a research paper.
Bibliography is due: Tues. Jan. 14th by end of fourth
period. No late submissions.
How do I do APA?
Here is the document you will do your project
The Author Speech
The speech will be 2-3 minutes long. You will give good information about that author to the class. You will be graded on the following:
You may include a visual presentation. This is not required, but it is an effective way of both keeping track of your information and keeping your reader’s interest. It is suggested that you use Google slides to insure that we can access it for the SmartBoard. This would be a supplement - do not post your speech on it.
The speech will be given Wednesday, Jan 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 16. I will take volunteers first and then turn to the container of kismet to get the rest of you. be prepared for the first day.
What information should I give in my speech? Well, consider any of the following: