Choose from one of the short stories we have read in class listed below:
“The Most Dangerous Game” “The Washwoman”
“The Cask of Amontillado” “The Scarlet Ibis”
Other stories chosen by instructor
As a final assignment for the short stories, you will complete and present a creative project of your choice (approved by me, of course). Listed below are some options you might choose from. You are also welcome to discuss any other ideas with me you might have before or after class. This project should reflect your creative strengths, so do not choose an option you will not do well. Since this project will count as a major grade, I will expect you to take it seriously by devoting time and effort to its completion. If your project or presentation is sloppily completed, your grade will reflect this as well.
Each presentation should take at least THREE minutes.
Each person must turn in a one page essay explaining A) which story you are representing, B) specifically what and how your representation directly applies to the story, C) why you chose to do what you did and what you liked about it.
Character Role Play. THIS PROJECT IS FOR ONE PERSON ONLY! (No Partners!) Choose ONE character from a story above. From the details in the story, decide an appropriate outfit that the character may have worn, and dress up as that character. Create a one page SPEECH that you will give to the class that will include the following:
An explanation of the outfit/costume you chose. Explain each part of the outfit, why it relates to the story, and how your outfit fits your character’s personality.
Doll Play. THIS PROJECT IS FOR ONE PERSON ONLY! (No partners!) Dress up TWO dolls from any story above in appropriate outfits from the descriptions and details in the story. Have the dolls act out a particular scene in the story, paying special attention to specific details and behaviors of the characters. If you desire to create your own scene that goes along with the story, talk to me about it first. You will play the role of the narrator as you describe the characters’ actions.
Comic Strip.THIS PROJECT IS FOR ONE PERSON ONLY! (No Partners!) Adapt one short story above into a cartoon strip format. The comic strip will need to relay the complete story with a pictorial summary. Each segment will need to be detailed, descriptive, and in color. Do not choose this option if you do not consider yourself an artist of sorts. YOUR COMIC STRIP NEEDS TO BE LARGE ENOUGH SO THAT IT CAN BE VIEWED BY THE ENTIRE CLASS DURING YOUR PRESENTATION.
Puppet Show. THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE ALONE OR WITH A PARTNER. Turn one short story into a puppet show. You should have a puppet to represent EACH character in the story. The entire story should be covered in your show in a summarized format. You will need to have some form of stage for your puppets to perform on. You will also need to voice for the puppets or pre-record the play for the actual day of your performance.
Lyric Version. THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE ALONE OR WITH A PARTNER. Write an original song or poem that tells one of the short stories in its entirety. Your creation should then be read or performed to some music that goes along with the theme or message of the story. You will need to have your music timed out with your lyrics or lines so that it sounds good together.
Dramatic Version. THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE ALONE OR WITH A PARTNER. Give a dramatic interpretation of one short story. You will need to play ONE character from the story. Any stage props or costume additions will only help your grade. You will need to have at least FIVE original lines (per person) memorized in your performance. The rest of your lines can relate the story in your own words. You may choose to include your own scenes not included in the story in addition to this.
Representation. THIS PROJECT CAN BE DONE ALONE OR WITH A PARTNER. Create some physical object or symbol that represents some part of a short story. This can include but is not limited to: a model, a mask, a family seal, a painting. This project must be some form of an artistic creation. If you do not consider yourself somewhat of an artist, do not choose this option. You will need to discuss with me what you plan to present as your representation.
Grading Rubric A: A superior project that shows you put forth a great deal of time, effort, and thought. Your project is neat and orderly. You show an in depth and accurate knowledge of the chosen subject and the relevance of the project. Your presentation is well-organized.
B: A good project that shows you put forth some time, effort, and thought. The project is neat and orderly. You show an accurate knowledge of the chosen subject and the relevance of the project. Your presentation is organized.
C: A satisfactory project that shows you put forth a little time, effort, and thought. The project is somewhat sloppy. You do not show a completely accurate knowledge of the chosen subject or the relevance of the project. Your presentation is not entirely organized.
D: A poor project that shows you did not put forth much time, effort, or thought. The project is disorderly and difficult to understand. You do not show much knowledge of the chosen subject or the relevance of the subject. Your presentation is not organized.
F: An unsatisfactory project that shows you put forth no time, effort, or thought. Your project makes no sense and is not visually appealing. You show no knowledge of the chosen subject or the relevance of the project. Your presentation is completely unorganized.