Novel and Book Essay

Submitted By MsBiersack
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Pages: 8

Advanced Freshmen Outside Reading -- Spring 2015
100 Test Points for each project)
A Day: March 5th and May 7th
B Day: March 6th and May 8th
(You may complete an extra book project for extra credit.)

Part 1: Creative Book Presentation Choices

1) Create an original movie poster that would advertise the film if your book were to be made into a movie, including at least three significant images based on the plot, characters, settings, conflicts, symbols, motifs, or themes in the text. You may use hand-drawn or computer-generated graphics, but be sure to cite and credit any images that you do not create. Your poster should entice audiences to see the movie and include the rating. It should be separate from the soundtrack and the cast list. Look at real movie posters to see what they look like! (i.e. Your movie poster should be separate from your soundtrack.)

Second, create a soundtrack for the movie of at least eight existing songs (include title and artist), each supported by a 2-3 sentence explanation of why that song was chosen for inclusion (relate to specific moments in the book). Finally, create a cast list of actors and/or actresses who would portray at least five important characters, each supported by an explanation of why that actor or actress was chosen for that part. Be specific when you explain why certain actor’s remind you of characters from your book or what else they might have acted in before that might help them in this role.

2) Create an original graphic novel at least 15 pages in length based on an adaptation of your book. Be sure your product reflects the plot, characters, settings, conflicts, symbols, motifs, or themes in the text. You may use hand-drawn or computer-generated graphics, but be sure to cite and credit any images that you do not create. Your graphic novel needs to include both text (can be adapted from the text of the book but needs to be appropriate for your intended audience) and images. **If you choose to do this project, you will need to do a bit of research on what a good graphic novels consists of. See your teacher for information on this. ** I can provide guidelines and show you an outstanding student example. **

3) Create an original front page of a newspaper based on plot, characters, settings, conflicts, symbols, motifs, or themes in the text. Your newspaper should have an original name, photographs with captions, a minimum of five journalistic-style, multiple-paragraph articles (these could include breaking news articles, feature articles, editorials, interviews, and/or advice columns – Vary your pieces!), and titles for all articles. You may use hand-drawn or computer-generated graphics or photographs, but be sure to cite and credit any images that you do not photograph yourself or create.

4) As you read your book, keep an original blog of your reactions to the plot, characters, settings, conflicts, symbols, motifs, or themes in the text. Your blog should have a minimum of ten paragraph-length entries, each focusing on a different aspect of the book. You should use online features including hyperlinks, videos, images, and songs that you find relevant. Be sure to cite and credit anything that you do not create. Many websites offer free blogs, such as blogger.com, edublogs.org, wordpress.com, and myblogsite.com. Print your finished product and be sure to include the blog’s URL.

5) Use Amazon.com to create wish lists for two major characters in your book. Make book choices of five fiction and five nonfiction books each for two major characters, based on inferences of what those characters might be interested in reading or what they might need to know more about derived from the plot, characters, settings, conflicts, symbols, motifs, or themes in the text. You may browse library or bookseller shelves, or you may use online library catalogs or online booksellers to find titles.
Once you have created the wish lists, create a word document and explain your choices.…