Topic: Choose from the topics below
Topic: Choose from the topics below
Final Literature Project Scope
The scope for the course project is to show evidence of careful and thoughtful development of the subject with attention to appropriate depth and detail. The project should be clear, coherent, and well organized. It should be free of errors that hinder meaning and free of plagiarized material. Note: In spite of good work in some of these areas, a paper can be so deficient in others as to make it unsuccessful overall. PowerPoint options should have at least twenty screens and 1,000 to 1,500 words (and pictures obviously). Do not cut and paste information into screens as even PowerPoints will be run through Turnitin.com. With any option, you should write 80% of the material yourself and quote, cite, and provide a Works Cited for the unoriginal content.
Course Project Description
For your project, choose one of the following options:
1. Prose to Prose: Read another literary piece from an author of your choice that we have studied throughout the course. Write a detailed comparison of the two literary pieces, using specific details from each. Your paper should be 1,000-1,500 words at least with proper use of quotations and citations. You may decide to limit your focus to character, plot, setting, symbolism, conflict, point of view, or theme. For example, you may choose Edgar Allan Poe. We have read “Premature Death” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” So, you would select another of Poe’s repertoire that best suits your project’s direction. Be sure to write only in third person narrative voice.
2. Prose and Mixed Media: This option is to compare a literary piece from an author we’ve read in this class with its cinematic counterpart. Again, you should focus on the literary aspects of the prose, but you would include vocabulary specific to the movie genre. You should be clear in your direction prior to viewing. You should watch the film and read the text more than once. You may decide to focus on what was left out of the film version. Perhaps you feel the omission was critical to the success of the film. Some prose writings do not transfer well to the silver screen, while some are better for it. You will write this in the third person, of course, even though this option is asking for your opinion. Your project should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations. You may present this in an essay format or a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation. For example, we will use “Masque of the Red Death” again. There is an obscure 1991 version starring Frank Stallone, Brenda Vaccaro, and Herbert Lom. There is also a 1964 version starring Vincent Price available through Netflix. If you are very ambitious, there is a heavy metal band Crimson Glory who wrote and released a song of the same title on their 1988 album.
3. Prose Mash Up: From a work we’ve read in this class, write a story from a different point of view. You may take an entire story’s plot and write a version as someone else would tell it. You may have to edit the piece down to a workable length. Your project should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations. For example, since we know Death is the narrator in “The Masque of the Red Death,” how would the story have been different from say the Prince’s point of view?
4. Prose Diary: From a work we’ve read in this class, write a diary of a main character as he/she might have written it between scenes and/or events. You may even imagine that you are a person in your prose piece. Write your observations of the characters in the prose piece. Figure out what makes them tick or what you observe about the character’s actions, discussions, or circumstances. This option, you may write in the first person. Your project should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations. You need to make sure your reader/grader knows exactly where you are in the prose at all times.
5. Prose News Beat Reporter: From a work we’ve read in this class, write a report paper on related information about one topic or person in the selected prose piece. For history majors, this option would allow you to flex your historical knowledge. Make sure to keep the prose character involved. For instance, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” would be a good choice to detail the events of which he is rebelling. You would provide a detailed report explaining the political climate of which Thomas Paine is experiencing. You are the cub reporter. You may write it in newspaper fashion. Your project should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations.
6. Prose Court: Based on a work we’ve read in this class, hold a mock trial to permit one of the characters of your selected piece to defend what he/she has done in a controversial scene. Transcribe the court notes. The transcription should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations.
7. Prose Dinner: Based on a work we’ve read in this class, write a conversation that might have taken place between two or more authors over dinner. Remember to stay in the author’s character. You would want to use particular events as the subject matter(s). Perhaps you think Mary Rowlandson would be a wonderful dinner companion of Frederick Douglass’. They, of course, would compare captivity stories, but their captors, of course, would make for good conversation. The key to making this option a success is to discuss topics in which the authors have a very distinct opinion. You may even feel brave and invite another author to join who could bring his/her opinions or stories to the table. This option would require you to read How to Write a Play. (Click on the blue link.) The quasi-play should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length with proper use of quotations and citations.
8. Course Reflection. Should you select this option for your Course Project, go back through the syllabus and through this semester’s forum topics, readings, and essay topics. Discuss your three favorite readings in detail (a paragraph each). Explain why they were your favorite. Next, discuss your three least favorite readings (a paragraph each). Explain why they were your least favorite. In a concluding paragraph, give your overall impression of the course as it is presented and laid out in Sakai. Feel free to offer constructive criticism of any aspect of the course. Your paper should conform to MLA formatting. Since this is a personal narrative, feel free to use first person “I” in your discussion.
NOTE: be sure to carefully review and comply with the project criteria and the directions of each option before submitting the assignment.