Literary Theme Project

 A Theme in Literature:

An Independent Inquiry Based Differentiated Learning Project

A.    Goal
I will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of how literature reflects real life.

B.    Objectives
1.    knowledge: what I will know

  • a.  at least 5 novels that relate to a common theme (essential)
  • b.  that literature reflects how people interact with real life (essential)
  • c.  at least 2 poems that relate to the chosen theme (desirable)
  • d.  at least 2 nonfiction books that relate to the chosen theme (desirable)

2.    skill: what I will be able to do

  • a. find books on a chosen theme (desirable; you may ask me to find them for you)
  • b. take notes, with page numbers, that provide evidence for my topic (essential)
  • c. create a question about life that can be answered by my notes (important; you may ask me to form the question for you)
  • d. compare and contrast the evidence from the various novels (essential)
  • e. explain how the evidence corresponds to my own experiences in life (important)
  • f. explain how the evidence corresponds to life for other people (desirable)
  • g. create a project that assimilates all I have learned (essential)
  • h. use conventions of English and artistic techniques to effectively convey what I have learned (essential)
  • i. write an accurate bibliography of all my sources of information (essential)
  • j. hand in my completed project on time (important)

            3.    experience: what I will do

  • a.  read at least 5 novels on a chosen theme (essential)
  • b.  gather materials for taking organized notes (essential)
  • c.  consult with my teacher on what topic to study in relation to my theme (important)
  • d.  ask for help when I feel discouraged or confused (important)
  • e.  read the novels myself and do the writing myself so that the project truly reflects my own knowledge and skill level (essential)

4.    attitude: how I will behave

  • a. show interest in reading (essential)
  • b. show interest in learning about my chosen theme and topic (essential)
  • c. show interest in creating an original project (essential)
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