English II Midterm Project: Women in
For your midterm project in English II, you will assemble a portfolio of artifacts relating to the
presence and portrayal of women in literature/art.
Objectives: Your portfolio will demonstrate your ability to:
Convey meaning in written and visual formats
Analyze and synthesize knowledge regarding women
Make connections between works of art in various formats
Compare and contrast information
Write fluently for various purposes
Content: Your portfolio will include an artifact in response to each of the prompts below:
1. Find one song relating to women’s roles in society. Include a copy of the lyrics
(including title and artist) in your portfolio, and then critique what message the song
conveys about the position of women in society (½ page). You may want to consider
the roles, worth/value, rights, and responsibilities of women as suggested by the lyrics
and sound of the song.
2. Find one article/essay from 2000-today addressing the status of 21st century American
women. Include a copy of the article/essay in your portfolio, and then write ½ page
summarizing the article and providing your opinions/response to the ideas presented in
3. Interview a woman over the age of 21, and ask her original questions regarding her
opinions of the following:
a. Role of women in modern-day America
b. Possible gender inequalities in America
c. Books/poems/stories/other literature that have left a lasting impact on them
regarding the position of women
Record your questions and her responses on the attached interview form (on website).
4. Choose a photograph/painting that conveys a message about women (positive or
negative), and then write a ½ page analysis of the photograph/painting and the ways in
which the photographer/artist conveys the message. You must also connect your
analysis to a work that we have read this year. Include a copy of the photograph/
painting on your document.
5. Create a photograph/painting in which you convey a message about women (positive or
negative), and then write a ½ page explanation of how you convey your message (and
what your message is). Include your photograph/painting on your document.
6. Design a wordle with at least 10 adjectives describing the ideal woman in today’s
society (from your own or society’s perspective).
7. Watch and critique a film/TV episode that discusses the position of women in 20th or
21st century society. Explain what the film suggests about women, including specific
details supporting your argument. Evaluate whether the film conveys a positive or
negative connotation regarding women, and explain why (min. ½ page).
8. Choose one element of life for women, and illustrate the changes over time regarding
that element, from the 1890s until today (i.e. clothing, rights, roles, occupations, etc.).
You should include visual illustrations, and then write a ½ page explanation of the
Portfolio Requirements: Your portfolio must:
Be double-spaced (typed) in 12 point font (except your wordle)
Display a table of contents listing each artifact with page numbers
Present a cover page, and be bound neatly and creatively
Have photographs/art printed in color
Cite all sources used in the research and development (citations must be in MLA and be
present at the bottom of the page of the document for which you used the source)
Be presented in class on your exam date
Demonstrate sustained effort and creativity
Demonstrate your understanding of voice/grammar/organization/formal conventions
Friday, November 18 Artifacts 1-2
Friday, November 25 Artifact 3-4 (note: this assignment is over Thanksgiving break)
Friday, December 2 Artifacts 5-6
Friday, December 9 Artifacts 7-8
By exam date: Edit and revise artifacts to polish for final drafts
Assemble portfolio creatively
Peer Editing: Bring in rough drafts for feedback
Wednesday, 12/7 (ODD) or Thursday, 12/8 (EVEN) Artifacts 1 and 4
Interviewee’s Name: Date of Interview: Format of Interview(i.e.
phone, email, face to face,
Topic Original Questions Asked Interviewee’s Response
(minimum of 2)
Role of women in modern-day
Possible gender inequalities in
Literature with a lasting
impact about the position of