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. Go to padlet.com and sign up. Make sure you put in your actual name so that I'll know who to give those points to!
That was easy! 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.
Here is the grading breakdown:
Each author post is worth 10 points. (50 Points)
The history post is worth 15 points (15 points)
Each post that has an appropriate picture, video, or web page attached to it will get an additional 5 points (30 points). Do not duplicate the same image for multiple posts.
Total - 95 points
Bonus points - You may create up to 3 more author or history posts (these extra history posts do not need to be within your author's lifespans). These must have pictures, videos, or web pages attached. You will earn an additional 5 points each for these. Total points possible for this assignment - 110 points. This counts as a double test grade.
I did the Edgar Rice Burroughs posts to show you how it is done. Please note below:
For the history post, follow the same format above, but start the Write Something section with the word HISTORY.
Place the posts in time order. You can go down if you need to.
You will post on the Padlet that matches your class:
First Period - https://padlet.com/lordalford/wevktc7zp3u9
Second Period - https://padlet.com/lordalford/ciq5wvibqbej
Finshed? - Run it through this check list to insure you have a 100.
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.
Now run your paper through turnitin.com. 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 will only show you a similarity rating once a day. 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.
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.
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: Wed. Jan. 10th 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 Thursday, Jan 11and Friday, Jan. 12. 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:
This is worth a test grade.