Final Project (100 points)
“It is the responsibility of the writer to expose our many grievous faults and failures and to hold up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams, for the purpose of improvement.” –John Steinbeck
“The purpose of the writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” – Bernard Malamud
What did this class make you think about? What do you believe is true about human nature?
Show that you digested this course in some way! Show that the literature we read made you reflect!
Short Story / Fiction
Film (Original or Remake)
Wild Card: Cookbook, Survival Guide, etc.
Literary Analysis Essay
All projects will be due and presented on the last day of class. I would also like to link your project on my website, so please email me links or Word documents to link with your permission. All written parts of the project will be submitted to turnitin for a grade.
OPTIONS for Creative Projects
YOUR TASK: Let your warnings be heard! Place yourself on the shelf next to Atwood, Jeunot, Bradbury….Choose a project option that will best illustrate your understanding and synthesis of the course materials and serve as a warning for future a audience about a manmade problem that already exists. Use the works we’ve covered in class as inspiration, or revisit a previous writing assignment.
CHOOSE A PROBLEM TO ADDRESS: Hopefully the course has you thinking about all sorts of issues we face today. Select an area we discussed that you think needs addressing. You may combine topics.
Perils of Technology
Dangers of Power / Control
Overpopulation / Limited Resources
Time / Future
Media / Truth
*See the news: lots of topics :/
Use Course Motifs in Your Work
Paradise or Paradise Lost
Crossing the Line
Mad Scientist / Hubris
Last Man / Last of
Your project must fit with the course material. Your piece should be intelligent and illustrate/use themes/motifs from the course.
The project serves as a warning about a concern you (or the authors) have about a manmade problem that exists.
Your project uses a post-apocalyptic, imminent end of the world, or dystopian setting. There is not only a clear setting, but there is real purpose in using this setting.
All written parts of the project are submitted to turnitin.com pasted into one document. Landscaped, 2 columns, single spaced, narrow margins. Just like this document.
All projects include a rationale that explains 1) what inspired you, 2) what your goal was and if you feel it was achieved, and 3) how your project fits the course 4) discusses your individual contribution if you worked in a group (justify your worth!). Each person writes their own. The rationale should be at minimum a well-developed paragraph but may be up to a page single spaced depending on your project’s scope. The more you prove how your project works with this course, the better the grade!
The project demonstrates an appropriate level of thought and effort. This means that it is well developed (quantity) and insightful (quality).
The project is proofread and error-free. Please. No, really. Please.
OPTION SHORT STORY (3-4 pages single spaced, landscaped, two columns, narrow margins) (3-4 pages single spaced, landscaped, two columns, narrow margins); this is a solo project.
Write a complete short story that fits seamlessly into this course. Your story should enlighten us, warn us about the path we’re on, and/or make us question what we think we already know.
Your story should find a way to make it clear that you have digested the literature from this course.
Your story should resemble a high-level, deep thinking story that we could find alongside “Heat Death of the Universe,” Oryx and Crake, Delicatessen, “A Pail of Air,” “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “Id,” etc.
DEVELOP A SETTING. Choose one.
Catastrophic Event is Imminent
Post-apocalyptic – the event has already occurred
Dystopian.—in an effort to solve a problem, the powers have made things terrible and squashed freedom
Stick to ONE time and place in your story. If you must leave, use flashbacks.
DEVELOP A MAIN CHARACTER
The individual is vital and has a role.
Will you use 1st or 3rd person? Avoid JOURNAL ENTRIES! Develop your character deliberately.
DEVELOP A CONFLICT
Contemplate the problem/s your character would face in this world.
Have a clear opposing force. What does this character face as obstacles?
DEVELOP AT LEAST ONE COURSE MOTIF
The Last Man or Last of, Paradise / Paradise Lost, Evolution / Devolution, Ourobouros, Earth Abides, Consumption / Overconsumption, Mad Scientist, Cozy Catastrophe, Lines Crossed
You will tell the class what you wrote about and I can link it on my site if you would like it published.
Please proofread your work!
· Please see your first excerpt for comments.
· Maintain a consistent tense. Past or present.
· Review punctuation in dialogue and when using quotation marks. Periods and commas are always inside the quotation marks.
· New speaker = new paragraph.
· Paragraphs are indented.
· Don’t TELL. Show the story. Use ALL the senses to paint a picture! Pick a specific moment in time and in place. DO NOT jump around. Use flashbacks for memory but keep the character in the “present” place.
· Don’t be lazy. Really use your imagination and search for the words to make it come to life for your readers.
· Proofread. There’s no excuse for sloppy. It detracts from the reading. One point will be deducted for the obvious sloppy: not capitalizing a first letter in the word that begins a sentence, using ‘i’ instead of “I,” and any abbreviated “texting” wording.
ABOUT FILM OPTIONS
School cameras are available to be loaned. This can greatly improve your films. Only choose film if you know how to edit.
Film format ideas: interviews, documentary, movie, music video, TV show, reality show, serial, news, parody/satire, SNL, StopMotion, etc.
OPTION FILM (small or large group project)
Original Story or Remake of Literature We Read
Films should be 6-7 minutes max and 2 minutes minimum.
All the same guidelines as above for the story, but no written script written. Rather, a polished, well-edited movie on Youtube or on a thumbdrive is your submission. Your rationale can be videotaped as an after credits segment or before the movie starts rather than a written statement. Or, written and included before or after the film.
Create an original film that fits seamlessly into this course. The more people, the better developed, please. Your story should enlighten us, warn us about the path we’re on, and/or make us question what we think we already know. Your story should find a way to make it clear that you have digested the literature from this course.
Your story should resemble a high-level film that we could find alongside Twelve Monkeys, Delicatessen, or Black Mirror’s White Christmas. [You may consider -- beyond Hollywood film format -- parody/satire/comedy, documentary, or a reality show for inspiration to your script….]
Note that filming and editing is very time consuming and requires a certain degree of patience and know-how.
OPTION TRAILER (solo or small group project)
The Time Machine, Oryx and Crake, “The Heat Death of the Universe,” “A Pail of Air,” “Id,” “The Last Flower,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” “Only on Tuesday Sliced Crosswise World,” “2045: The Singularity,” “The Last Flower,” “Adam and No Eve,” I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “The Masque of the Red Death”
Create a short film or a movie trailer for one of the works we read, or create a movie trailer for the entire course. Films should be 6-7 minutes max and 2 minutes minimum.
Your project should highlight the author’s purposes, but the way you analyze it/them should be through your own creative analysis.
OPTION MUSICAL NARRATIVE (solo or pair project unless a band)
Tell a story through music. In the vein of “Peter and the Wolf,” compose a musical narrative with a written narrative. Record your final piece and set to images. You must “Write the story” to read while we listen to the composed music, pre-recorded, please. Your written story must serve as the liner notes.
OPTION IMAGERY (PHOTO or ART) NARRATIVE (solo or pair project)
Tell a story through images. Create a series that tells a story or reveals the values from the course. What matters to you? You should capture the images and make a slide show with appropriate captions and narrative. Music can enhance the story, too.
The works we read should have moved you in some way. Because you understand the power of photo and art, create original work that leaves the same impact as the above project choices detail. Besides a well-detailed rationale, you must include a written narrative piece so your audience can follow.
Please use a program that can animate your images like iMovie.Music background also good. Voice over for narrative is a plus.
OPTION Have a Better Idea? Interpretive Dance? Cuisine? Survival Manual Cookbook?
Perhaps you are chomping at the bit to have a chance to
create something else that would fit well with the course materials….Just
make sure that it has all of the required elements: Concept to fit course,
writing, development, where
applicable, a media presentation element that is visually engaging. Please make
sure your idea is approved before you commence and you understand that scope!
Remember, all projects besides the essay require a rationale submitted to turnitin by each student.
LITERARY ANALYSIS ESSAY (3-4 pages single spaced, landscaped, two columns, narrow margins); this is a solo project.
Write an essay that explores an element of the course and use literature and films to support your finding. For example, write an essay about how blue is an important color, or discuss the role of resources in 2 -3 works. Submit to turnitin for grading. Please format it as we have with the excerpts: landscaped, two columns, single spaced with title and byline. This option does NOT require a rationale.