Ms. Gokturk

Trends in Literature

Flood Stories Project

 

There are many flood stories from around the world. You have been introduced to a few already: Noah, Gilgamesh, and a brief glimpse at some other world myths in “Cosmic Disasters.” But this is only a beginning.

 

YOUR TASK: Find two flood myths, preferably from your ancestry or area of interest. Your job is to introduce them to the class and compare them to the story of Noah and/or Gilgamesh. Please have your two myths approved first so there are little or no any duplicates. Use the link below to get you started, but also research using the Internet and books.

 

PART I (20 points) Create a chart of these stories and compare and contrast them to the Noah and Gilgamesh stories. Please hand this in on LL. Type this for your handout for the class.

 

PART II (110 points)

Once your myths have been approved, your job is to teach the stories to the class using your chosen medium with graphics. You should also provide a ONE page handout that is a comparative chart between your stories and the Noah story. Entertain us! Choose one of the two options below to teach the class:

·        For the fact-oriented student: create a PowerPoint presentation that presents the facts of the stories and comparison.

·        For the artistic/creative student: create a children’s storybook that explains these stories to the rest of the class. This children’s book could be a hard copy hand illustrated narrative or a PowerPoint children’s book.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • Your presentation should not exceed 5 minutes and should provide teach the class the two myths you found. Some myths have little information available in one site, so cross reference your research with multiple sites. All students should use the link provided as a STARTING point. Then, search the Internet and books for additional information.
  • You might find various versions of the myths. Compile the information without omitting variations.
  • You may have some poetic license as long as you don’t fabricate or omit major elements. You may create dialogue or descriptions.
  • Your presentation should provide graphics on each slide or page to illustrate your points. Use art, clipart, photos, maps, drawings, etc.
  • Do not copy and paste websites onto your slides or pages: synthesize the information into simple and/or creative terms. USE YOUR OWN WORDS. Bullet main points if choosing the research-oriented option, or create a narrative that flows.
  • During your speech, fill in the blanks with your oral speech. If presenting a book, you will read the story to us and it should be complete as is.
  • For the PowerPoint: use enhancements the program provides. Movement, sound, etc. For the children’s book: use illustrations and dialogue to grab your audience’s attention.
  • Cite all unoriginal images on the photos/graphics themselves. Make it 8 font. Follow Ms. G’s sample:

 

Description or title of image. [Online Image] Available http://address/filename, date of document or download.

 

  • Provide a Title Slide, an Intro Slide, a Conclusion Slide, and a Bibliography Slide in addition to your content slides. You should have more than one source for each myth. Please use the MLA citation style:

 

Website: Author's name (last name first). Document title. Date of Internet publication. Date of access <URL>.

Book: Author Last Name, First Name. Book Title. City of Publication: Publisher Name, Year of Publication.

 

  • Speak clearly, comfortably, and slowly so that your audience can take notes. Engage them with questions and interaction as well.
  • Provide a study sheet/chart for your classmates that highlight the important elements. You should provide a ONE page handout that is a comparative chart between your stories and the Noah story.

To get started, go to http://home.earthlink.net/~misaak/floods.htm

TIPS:

For the PowerPoint:

Relay one myth, then the other. Compare and contrast with Noah or Gilgamesh.

Bullet key ideas. Your speech will fill in the blanks.

For the chidlren’s book (hard copy or PowerPoint):

Use narrative style and cross-cutting.

Compare to Noah or Gilgamesh using cross-cutting or save for the end.

Have characters tell their story from different parts of the world. Did the flood happen at the same time?

Use dialogue.Embellish without omitting or altering actual myths.

FOR BOTH: your handout should be a table (insert table in Word) printed on LANDSCAPE page setup.

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