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					The Short Story                                                                           Lesson 14


                                     Short Story Unit
                                    Final Assessments

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
What are short stories, who writes them, and why do they matter?

GOALS:
       Understanding the genre of the short story
       Utilizing literacy strategies to enhance our experience and understanding
       Analyzing literature
       Conducting research and making biographical connections
       Using technology to share our ideas and understanding

Select a short story writer of choice to study. Then select a short story by your author to read,
understand, and analyze. Document your research, new learning, and questions on a blog site.
Make connections to the author’s life, analyze theme and purpose, and search for meaning.
Conclude with an iMovie that presents the purpose, theme, and meaning of the story. Include
meaningful biographical and historical contextual information.

REQUIRED: Blogging, Biography Option, Theme Essay, Imovie, Final Portfolio

OPTIONAL: Choose a minimum of two other options to complete from Creative, Historical,
Geographical, Allusions, Characters, Vocabulary, Leadership Role, and Presentation.

UNIT ASSESSMENTS
Assignment         Weight
Classwork          Class participation grades
Blogging           Class participation grades, Homework grades
                   Record a reading of your short story using Garage Band – Test Grade
                   Final Assessment to Test Grades
Biography          Quiz Grade
Conference         Quiz Grade
Theme              Quiz Grade
Self-Assessment    Quiz Grade
Imovie             Two Test Grades
Final Portfoilo    Two Test Grades

Blogging / Required
Minimum/Proficient
       Daily Class Blog
       Summarize, reflect, connect
       Ask questions, WHO did WHAT to WHOM and WHY?
       Share research, post images, share ideas
       Interact with peers
       Answer ALL of the How to Read a Short Story questions
       FINAL blog – add a recording of you reading the short story in its entirety with Garage Band.


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Biography / Required / Select One
       Create a résumé on your author
       Create a visual time line of your author’s life
       Create a Facebook information page for your author
       Create a mock Wikipedia page on the author of choice
       Create a fact sheet that lists 30 interesting facts about your
       author using the comic book application. Include appropriate
       visuals.

Theme / Required
       Write a five-paragraph essay on the main theme of the short story

Imovie 1 – 3 Minutes / Required
       Why does this story matter? Why was it written? What
       is the purpose of the piece? WHO did WHAT to WHOM
       and WHY does it MATTER?
       Introduce, summarize, the purpose/claim/truth/main
       theme about the human condition, why it matters, and why it should be read. Sell it! USE
       THE RUBRIC

FINAL PORTFOLIO
Will include ALL work completed during the unit
Proficient – Complete the required components at a proficient level plus two
additional options with proficient quality and effort
Advanced – Complete the required components at an advanced level plus
three additional options with advanced quality and effort
Distinguished – Complete the required components at a distinguished level plus
three additional options with distinguished quality and effort
** You may choose to include other class and independent work in your final
portfolio.


ADDITIONAL OPTIONS
Creative (Possible Imovie Material)
       Create a visual that presents the main theme of the work
       Create a poster using pages poster or brochure that sells
       your work
       Make a script for one of the most important events in the short story and record
       Create a children’s illustration of a short story
       Create a sound track for the story using Apple’s Garage Band music editing
       software.
       Create a collage that shows the theme of the work through visuals and symbols.
       Other...be creative...this is the CREATIVE category...




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The Short Story                                                                           Lesson 14

CONNECTIONS
Historical
       Make a list of all historical references in the text. Put then in chronological
       order, explain them, and place an appropriate visual next to each reference.
       Find current events that relate to things that are happening in your text and
       comment on the connections you find and the information you learn.
       Create a time line that places the author’s major events on one side of the time line and
       the major historical events on the other side for comparison and
       enlightenment.

Geographical
       Use Google Earth. Visit specific locations mentioned in your text. Print
       images and log your observations. Describe each location in a minimum of five
       sentences and explain the role the location plays in the text. Create a visual.
       Create a map of your setting and mark all key places in a creative way.

Allusions
       Note all allusions in the text and create a key that includes the specific allusion, page
       number, explanation, and small visual.
       An allusion is a reference, within a literary work, to something outside of the work for
       illumination purposes: another work of fiction, a film, a piece of art, person, historical,
       religious, or even a real event. An allusion serves as a kind of shorthand, drawing on this
       outside work to provide greater context or meaning to the situation being written
       about. While allusions can be an economical way of communicating with the
       reader, they risk alienating readers who do not recognize these references. Make
       the effort to recognize and understand them.

Characters
       Names: Look up the meaning of character names in the work. List the name, the
       definition, and then describe how the name suits the character.
       Create a Facebook page / information page for all of the main characters in the
       text.
       Create a driver’s license or passport for each of the main characters in the text.
       Create a family tree with images.

Vocabulary
       Make a list of new vocabulary words from your text; include full etymology and a
       visual for each word.
       Use one of the literacy vocabulary strategy forms with at least 25 new terms.

Presentation
       Dress up as the author and introduce yourself, the text, and your iMovie as the author.
       Dress up as a character from the work and introduce yourself, the
       text, and your movie as the character.
       Share your portfolio after we view your iMovie.




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The Short Story                                                                            Lesson 14

Leadership Roles
       IT – Work as a liaison with Mr. Gaudet
       Blogging Supervisor – Take on the responsible of supervising a specific number of
       bloggers to ensure respectful, mature, and intellectual content
       Apple’s Imovie video software support – Share your knowledge and aptitude with peers


                                             Imovie
                                        Sell the Story
                   Read your short story for understanding and appreciation.
                                   Why did the author write it?
          What point are they trying to make about life, love, the human condition, etc?
                                       What is the theme?
                                   Why does the story matter?
                                  What questions does it raise?
                                      Why should it be read?
                                   What insights does it offer?
             What connections to the author’s life and experience can be made?
          What role does setting, point of view, dialogue, and plot play in the meaning?
                                              Sell it!

Proficient
       Voice is clear and audible
       Background music demonstrates thoughtful effort and consideration
       Visuals are clear and appropriate
       Includes relevant quotes or passages
       Introduces the author in a meaningful way and makes biographical
       connections
       Introduces the story, main characters, point of view, and setting
       Summarizes the work and overall plot
       Explains the theme, why it matters, and why it should be read
       Length is 1 – 3 minutes

Advanced and Distinguished
       Meets all of the proficient requirement
       Goes above and beyond proficient expectations
       Exceptionally intellectual, creative, thoughtful, and
       original
       Wow factor




             Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves,
              some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. ~Sam Ewing




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