The Hero’s Journey Project THIS IS A TEST GRADE! Bray/British Literature *Note : This assignment may require you to work on it outside of class. I would strongly recommend using a flash drive to save your work or creating an account on Google Documents. With Google Documents, you can upload both word processor and presentation software files (e.g. Power Point) to Google’s server and access them anywhere you can access the internet. All it takes is creating a Google account. (see https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=writely&passive=1209600&continue=http://docs.google.c om/%23&followup=http://docs.google.com/<mpl=homepage OR http://edutech.msu.edu/online/googledocs/googledocs.html ) Lab research dates will be August 15-17th If you choose Option #1 – First you must decide which topic from the list you will address (Good/Evil, Heroes, Culture, Pagan/Christian Beliefs, or Anglo-Saxon Heroism vs. Contemporary Heroism). Whichever you choose, you must make references to Beowulf in every body paragraph. Some topics (e.g. Culture) may require you to do to some research on Anglo-Saxon beliefs and customs. If so, I would recommend the following web sites: 1. http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/Proj2004A1/hero.html 2. http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/projs2003a/John,Damien&Sherard/AboutHeroes.htm 3. http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2010/02/23/anglo-saxon-attitudes/ 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/ (This one is excellent!) 5. http://www.ucc.ie/academic/eng-hero/heroism1.html 6. http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/projs2003a/Johane,Heidi&Yee/Hero1.htm 7. http://www.heroicage.org/as.php Your option SHOULD include a Works Cited in MLA format that will cite all of the sources that you have used. This includes your textbook, any articles, and any web sites that you may use. To learn more about how to create an appropriate Works Cited, see the web sites listed on your rubric (Purdue OWL, Easy Bib, Citation Machine). I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to fully familiarize yourself with your rubric. If you choose Option #2 – You should have at least one slide for each sub-section of the each stage of The Hero’s Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell (e.g. one slide for The Call to Adventure, one slide for the Refusal of the Call, etc.) Each slide should have a clear description of where the stage is present in Beowulf with SPECIFIC QUOTES from the epic to support your claims. If you are comparing the epic to a book, you should also have specific references to quotes to support your contentions. If you are comparing the epic to a movie, television show or video game (only one with a dense plotline and/or mythology) then you must summarize in detail what happens in this story that shows the appropriate stage of the journey. Remember, if you choose to do option #2, then you may do it as a paper or a presentation. If you do an essay, then your essay will be assessed with the essay rubric in your packet, NOT the presentation rubric. All presentations should be accompanied by a visual presentation (Power Point, Prezi, Glogster, Windows Movie Maker, etc.) BE SURE TO HAVE NOTES PREPARED. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE JUST READ OFF OF THE SLIDES. THIS WILL RESULT IN A DRASTIC DEDUCTION OF POINTS. Your option SHOULD also include a Works Cited in MLA format that will cite all of the sources that you have used. This includes your textbook, any articles, and any web sites that you may use. To learn more about how to create an appropriate Works Cited, see the web sites listed on your rubric (Purdue OWL, Easy Bib, Citation Machine). I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to fully familiarize yourself with your rubric. Your Works Cited may be on a slide. All photos/pictures should be cited as well. If you choose Option #3 – Congratulations! I’m proud of you for choosing this one, because quite frankly, I think it’s the most ambitious. By writing an analysis paper you are choosing to go beyond just a superficial understanding of the epic, and you will be researching modern events. This assignment will require you to read about contemporary acts of terror around the world. You have, unfortunately, the entire world of terroristic acts to choose from and in that way, your goal may be to narrow down your search to one or two specific groups of “Beowulfs” and “Grendels”. The idea here is to create a running metaphor throughout your paper. Make sure you answer all parts of the question in your assignment (and there are several). Be sure that you are using reputable news sources. I have provided some below that should provide some excellent resources for any search on terrorism. I would prefer that you stick with these web sites. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/t/terrorism/index.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18720213 http://www.cnn.com/ http://www.chicagotribune.com/ http://www.ajc.com/ http://www.euronews.com/ Your option SHOULD also include a Works Cited in MLA format that will cite all of the sources that you have used. This includes your textbook, any articles, and any web sites that you may use. To learn more about how to create an appropriate Works Cited, see the web sites listed on your rubric (Purdue OWL, Easy Bib, Citation Machine). I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to fully familiarize yourself with your rubric. Unit One Final Assessments Option One: Argumentative Essay Students should select from one of the following topics: 1. Good/Evil: How does the BEOWULF poet establish good versus evil in the epic through the use of various literary devices, such as symbolism, imagery, characterization, setting? 2. Hero: Many times heroes are formed by the values of a culture. How are the heroic characters in the epic a reflection of their society’s customs and beliefs? 3. Culture: From reading Anglo-Saxon works, one can grasp a little about what life was like for the Anglo-Saxon people. What does Beowulf reveal about Anglo-Saxon attitudes toward: a. fate? b. courage? c. the span of life? d. youth and old age? e. gender roles? f. death or the deceased? g. religion? (Christianity, paganism, or both) 4. Pagan/ Christian Beliefs: How are the religious ideals of the Anglo-Saxons used in the epic? Where can readers see the blending of Pagan and Christian ideas? Which belief system is more dominant in the epic? 5. What was heroic to the Anglo-Saxons, and what is heroic today? How does Beowulf compare to the heroes of today – real or fictional? What traits are similar, and which are different? Essay Rubric British Literature This sheet should be attached to the front of your essay. Student Name _____________________________ Class Period ___________ MLA format 10 points ________ Review the packet on MLA documentation. Your paper should include in-text citations and a works cited page that details your sources. All literary works mentioned in your essay SHOULD be included on your works cited page. Never include a work that you did not cite in your paper. Paraphrases, as well as direct quotes should be cited if the idea is not yours. Consult the following web sites for help with MLA formatting: http://www.easybib.com/ http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ http://citationmachine.net/index2.php Introduction, Clear Topic and Thesis 15 points _______ An introduction should engage the reader and should not be formulaic. It includes a topic sentence and a clear thesis statement. You paragraph should have a funnel effect moving from general to specific with effective transitions. Be sure to mention the titles and authors of all works in the introductory paragraph. Sufficient Support 30 points ________ The thesis should be consistently discussed and referenced in every paragraph. Be sure to remain true to your thesis statement. Be sure to use specific support from all relevant texts. You must use textual support in EVERY body paragraph. You may do your own research and include other outside criticism if you so desire. You may use paraphrased passages in your essay, however paraphrased passages MUST STILL BE CITED in MLA format. Usage / Mechanics 20 points _______ Usage consists of language that you can hear. Mechanics refers to language that you can see (written language). Your spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc. is crucial for effective communication. You should avoid the use of personal pronouns (I, you, me, we, etc.). Your essay should be written in third-person point of view. Style 10 points _______ Style denotes your word choice, sentence structure, and variety of language. This is the area in which your individual voices can be heard. You should be careful to avoid repetitive language, trite phrases, and an overuse of one type of sentence structure. Variety will make your “voice” original and pleasant. Avoid slang, contractions, abbreviations, or overly informal language as well as nonspecific words such as “thing” and “stuff”. Integration of Quotes 15 points _______ When you use quotes from literary works or criticism, you should be sure to have them interspersed with your own commentary. You should never have a quote that stands alone and you should never have back-to-back quotes in a paragraph. Every quote should be attached to an idea that is YOURS. Quotes that are more than FOUR lines in length should be presented as BLOCK QUOTES. (See web sites above for details) You should have textual support in every paragraph. Total Points: ______ Teacher Comments: Option Two: Comparison/Contrast Connections Essay or Project Students could complete one of the following in small groups (2-3) or individually. They should create a project to show their understanding of the connections between Beowulf and popular culture. Points My Teacher’s Score Element Possible Score and Comments Main Ideas - The project clearly addresses Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth” and a film or novel. The 20 Making Connections —The Epic presentation indicates the connection between the two main ideas. Journey Supporting Details Create a presentation to clearly show the connections between Joseph The supporting details are clear and accurate. They 20 Campbell’s “monomyth”, Beowulf, indicate the student’s absolute understanding of and a novel or film. This presentation the unit. must demonstrate your ABSOLUTE Purpose understanding of the epic hero’s journey and your ability to connect 10 The purpose of the presentation is clearly Campbell’s stages to a more accomplished. contemporary tale. This presentation will require students to speak in front Drawings/Illustrations of the class. All drawings, illustrations, and/or photographs add 10 to the purpose and interest of the poster. This is the checklist that will be used to evaluate your presentation. You Grammar/Usage/Mechanics should score your own work and turn this checklist in before your The presentation is free of any errors in grammar, 10 presentation begins. The due date for usage, and mechanics in written or spoken this assessment is language. _______________________. Layout/Design/ Creativity/ Neatness Overall organization, design, use of color, and use of space helps make the presentation interesting 10 and contributes to the message. The presentation is highly original and creative in its display of ideas. Presentation The student appears knowledgeable of the stages of the monomyth and demonstrates a clear understanding of the connection between 20 Campbell’s writings and the chosen work. The student seems well-prepared for his or her presentation and does not simply read out loud. Total Score 100 Campbell's Monomyth – The Hero’s Journey Part I. Departure The Call to Adventure Refusal of the Call Supernatural Aid Crossing the First Threshold The Belly of the Whale Part II. Initiation The road of trials The meeting with the Goddess Temptation away from the true path Atonement with the Father Apotheosis -Becoming God-like The ultimate boon Part III. Return Refusal of the return The Magic Flight Rescue from Without Crossing the return threshold Master of the two worlds Option 3: For this option, you are to write an analysis paper in which you explore how the story of Beowulf is reflected in the recent terrorist events. You may include other historical events as examples if you so choose. You must define our modern-day Beowulf, as well as our modern-day Grendel. How does this Grendel attack our way of life? What is central to our society? How are our values reflected in Beowulf and his actions? How might Beowulf defeat this Grendel? Are there relatives of Grendel lurking about waiting their turn to attack? This Beowulf does not have to kill this Grendel. What other outcomes might there be and are they acceptable? In this paper, you must use quotes from the text of Beowulf and correlate them to the ideas in your paper. In other words, go back through the reading and find passages and events that seem to connect well with your ideas about the current issue and explain how each relates to your modern situation.
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