Harlem Renaissance Projects

Borger
Harlem Renaissance Projects

We’ll view portions of the film Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (who himself was a victim of racial injustice and was invited to the White House to discuss the state of race in America by President Barack Obama)

Prompt: Create an annotated bibliography & poster presentation using images and text covering a topic related to the Harlem Renaissance.  You can choose from the list of topics below or have Borger approve another related one before you start research. Choose your top three and get them to Borger asap. If there is a name next to a topic, it has been claimed either 1st or 7th hour.  IF TOPICS ARE IN RED, THAT MEANS THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLAIMED IN BOTH HOURS & ARE NO LONGER UP FOR GRABS.

Grading Criteria:  This project is worth 250 points.

Before you print anything

  1. Conduct research and compose annotated bibliography first.
  2. Then edit your choices from the information gathered.
  3. Then print/create images, compose text, and create poster.

100 points will be earned by making an annotated bibliography for your poster.  You will create a citation for the site you are using and write a summary with quotes below that citation.  Include any images you are contemplating using for your poster below the citation as well. In this way, you will know which images and text came from which websites.  Citations will be matched with appropriate text and images.  From this you will create a works cited page for your poster. IF YOU USE EASYBIB TO MAKE CITATIONS, REMOVE GREY FORMATTING PRIOR TO PRINTING (hit the copy and paste link below each entry to remove formatting).

100 points will be earned creating a poster that accurately represents your chosen subject visually and textually.  Your poster should be equally divided between text and images. Images can be accompanied by textual captions OR you may create larger blocks of text.  Text should be easily readable and should include citations.  Be creative – consider combining factual information with poetry and song lyrics to represent your topic’s location within the larger context of the Harlem Renaissance.  Use suggestions on this site for poster  guidelines.

50 points will be earned from presenting your findings in a panel presentation in class. You will be using your poster as a visual aid for the presentation.  Presentations will be grouped according to theme.

Sample citations for works cited page:

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access

 Apollo Theater. Apollo Theater Foundation Inc., 2013. Web. 05 March 2013.

“Ella Fitzgerald.” PBS. Ken Burns Jazz, n.d. Web. 05 March 2013.

 

 

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Dark Romantic Essay or Short Story

Dark Romantic Culminating Activity
Borger
lborger@sparta.k12.il.us (email me if you have questions)

PromptWrite a 1000-1500 word short story or essay synthesizing information related to the Dark Romantics. (choose one – not both!)

Short Story

Discussion of the prompt:  Create a short story that includes the elements that we have talked about in relation to the Dark Romantics (as evidenced in Poe’s work).  Originate characters, plot elements, dialogue, etc. to enhance your story.  The story can be of your own design or you may choose any of the quotes from Poe’s stories and build your own story around that. All stories must be cogent, organized, and appropriate.  If you are going to tackle mature subject matter, do so maturely.  You can go over the word count if you need to (and many of you will).

Lab time has been scheduled for 11/17 – 11/19 to help with construction of the story.

Grading Criteria:

  • Be sure to build some sense of dramatic tension into your description before it reaches the climax of your moment.
  • Use dialogue to bring your characters to life.
  • Because there is relatively little plot, you need as much detail as possible.  Be as descriptive as you can with each sentence.  Use imagery, metaphor & simile, personification, contrast, vibrant words, etc.
  • This assignment is worth a MAJOR GRADE (remember, this is where a bulk of your grade comes from—get it in!).
  • Follow MLA format
  • Draft due for review on Thursday 11/19/15
  • Final due Tuesday 11/24/15
  • Short Story Rubric

Possible Prompts:

  • Focus on any of the main ideas of the Dark Romantics:
    • Anti-Transcendentalism: a belief that the “Truths” of nature are not good and harmless
    • The conflict between good & evil
    • The psychological effects of guilt & sin
    • The madness of the human psyche
    • The idea that horror & evil resided behind the facade of social respectability
    • Horror, tragedy, macabre, supernatural, & the Gothic
  • Choose a quote or two from one of Poe’s works and build a story around that.
  • Create a modernized Dark Romantic story: what would Poe’s stories look like in today’s world?
  • Create a Dark Romantic story with characters that represent you.  Most of Poe’s characters are white men.  I’m not a man & I would like to see a story with someone who looks like me in them (a giant, Amazonian, red-headed female protagonist – even if she is crazy and buries people in her walls J).  Or create a Dark Romantic story with characters from all sorts of different cultural backgrounds.

Essay

Discussion of the prompt:  Write an essay that analyzes how Poe’s represents the ideals of the Dark Romantics.  You might want to compare and contrast characters / plot-lines.  You may want to focus on a single theme or idea: madness, guilt, the macabre.  Each paragraph should include at least one quote (preferably two).  Remember the equation to use when quoting:

Tag + quote + cite + explanation = good support

You can go over the word count if you need to (and many of you will).

Lab time has been scheduled for 11/17 – 11/19 to help with composition of your essay.

Grading Criteria:

  • Have an introduction with a clearly worded thesis (with points of support)
  • Have at least one quote per paragraph (“A” papers must have more)
  • Move beyond summary and into analysis: focus on a single, primary idea / concept / theme / motif across multiple texts. You can include other texts like “The Cask of Amontillado” or “The Raven” if you’ve read them before.
  • This assignment is worth a MAJOR GRADE (remember, this is where a bulk of your grade comes from—get it in!).
  • Follow MLA format
  • Draft due for review on Thursday 11/19/15
  • Final due Tuesday 11/24/2015
  • Dark Romantic Essay Rubric

 Possible Prompts:

  • Focus on any of the main ideas of the Dark Romantics:
    • Anti-Transcendentalism: a belief that the “Truths” of nature are not good and harmless
    • The conflict between good & evil
    • The psychological effects of guilt & sin
    • The madness of the human psyche
    • The idea that horror & evil resided behind the facade of social respectability
    • Horror, tragedy, macabre, supernatural, & the Gothic
  • Analyze similarities among protagonists in his stories.
  • Argue that we are basically good or basically evil using his texts for support.
  • Create a theme / thesis of your own.

“American” Essay Do-Over

A few weeks ago you were asked to write an essay defining what it means to be American.  Many of you struggled with this, producing circular arguments about how it means “freedom” and “freedom” means America.  Many of you sounded exactly like a commentator from CNN or FOX news, sort of listing out political talking points, but again, without specific details as they relate to you on a daily basis.  Defining what it means to be “American” is a large, abstract concept, so I want to attack it from another angle this time.

You should all start new today.

Pretend Sparta High School is getting another group of international exchange students (many of you might remember Lo from two years ago).  Write a letter to these incoming students telling them about American culture and, specifically, about the culture of folk who live in the Sparta, IL. area.  What do high school students from another country need to know about the culture of folk in this area?

Follow block letter format (start with your address, give the date, then use the school’s address for the sender’s address – go to the Sparta High School website or look in your agenda books.  Make up a fake name for the person you are writing to).  It should be 3-5 paragraphs in length.

These letters are a new grade in the gradebook and are worth 50 points.  Due to the sub at the end of the hour.  Make sure you sign your letters in ink before you turn them in.

Folk who want to revise their first essay for a higher grade may do so – those revisions will be due by Parent-Teacher conference time in October.  You must submit your original with the revision.

Group Collaboration Story

Yesterday you were assigned groups & were told to share the stories connected to your pictures. 

On Friday, 08/29 in the computer lab, start creating a larger collaborative story using each of the images in your group.  You can use data from your existing stories, from the work we did flip-flopping in class on Wednesday, or you can start all over from scratch.  Do what you can in the time allotted.

Save your work in one group member’s F: drive, but also save to the H: drive (UserFiles, Borger, Lit-Lang 3 Folder).  I will be giving participation points using the artifacts in the H: drive, so if it isn’t saved there = no points for you!

Make sure all members’ names are on the story, & use MLA format.

Picture-Story Group Collaboration

Using the story they created in lab Mon & Tues, students will engage in an inversion activity – they will swap pictures with a peer and write for 15 minutes. Then they will share, compare, contrast, & discuss different versions / interpretations of the same image. On Thursday, students will collaborate & compose a longer selection using the combination of their individual stories.  On Friday, students will return to the lab to revamp / renew / reconstruct their work with new eyes this time.  Group collaboration days will be graded using the Participation Points scale.  

Writing Diagnostic: Telling a Story

Each student will be given an image at the beginning of class.  Students will be asked to compose a detailed story using the image as creative motivation.  Students will compose for the entire hour on Monday 08/25.  Students should write without stopping and should spend the entire hour writing.  A single paragraph at the end of the hour will not be substantial enough to earn a solid grade for this assignment.

This assignment is worth 50 points.