Here’s the presentation order for all three of my classes.
Starting today you will have 2 to 3 classes to prepare for your novel presentation. Computers will be made available to you during the period. I will also be here for any help/feedback you need.
Today I talked with you guys about the specifics of the presentation and made sure you know where to focus the bulk of your time. After that I took volunteers for anyone who wants to present early (i.e. NEXT THURSDAY)
Look below for the presentation details:
Once you’ve read your book and considered your generation, you’ll be ready for the seminar presentation. In the approximately 10 minutes you need to deliver the following three things:
I do not want to this to simply be a talking head presentation. I want you to use some kind of added media component. What you do is up to you. I think the fewer restrictions, the better. You might consider:
While your choice of media may vary, the means of evaluation stay the same: Does it heighten/strengthen audience understanding? Just remember that in any kind a presentation, media enhancements are there to help others, not you. That’s my way of reminding you not to create a bunch of slides just so you can read off them or use video clips to kill time. Media is there to clarity. It reinforces your ideas. It does not replace them.
Time’s up. I want a hard copy of all assignment handed-in next Tuesday. I can’t wait to start reading them. The last thing you gotta do is present your big bit of writing business. Here’s the order of presentation, as selected by the ransom seating-plan generator in my Markbook ™ program.
That’s the order. The plan is that if you’re one of the five next people on the list, you should be ready to go for the following class.
Here’s a link to the summative:
Also, I cut and pasted here for easy access:
Writer’s Craft Summative Assignment
Major Writing Piece
Teacher: Mr. Patterson
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Welcome to what will be – for most of you – your last 5 months as a high school student. While this is most certainly a bittersweet time full of reflection, speculation, apprehension and joy, I see it as my final opportunity to cram a bunch of work down your collective throats that you don’t want to do in the vague hope that a modicum of what I teach you before you leave takes hold somewhere in the recesses of your brains and will be of some use to you in the years to come.
With that in mind, I present you with the Writer’s Craft Summative. The focus of this summative is to follow your particular interests (wherever they may lead) and produce a substantive writing piece. Near the end of the year, you will hand in your writing piece and present a seminar on both your process and the final product. While this may seem rather ambitious (it is), a touch vague (it also is) and overwhelming (it isn’t), I have high hopes that you will enjoy yourself, produce work to be proud of and learn a thing or two or three or four.
This summative will be worth 30% of your final grade.
PART 1: The Major Piece
“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”
– Stephen Wright
Why do it?
One of my many hopes for this course is that by the end of it you get to experience what it really feels like to be a writer. While you’ve already touched on that feeling through your character pieces, shorts stories, prompts and other in-class writing activities, you’ll never really know the true writer’s experience until you have to produce something a) of significant length that b) you really care about. You don’t simply become a writer by putting words to paper…well, technically I guess you do but you’ll never be a real writer until you experience all the frustration, confusion, self-loathing, doubt, pain, pride, more self-loathing and sheer exhaustion that comes with it.
Sound like fun? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Well, too bad. You have to do it anyway so suck it up, Sunshine.
What should I do?
This is going to be the first difficult part of this assignment: making a choice. Below you’ll see a few exciting options of writing challenges to undertake. Examine the list closely and see which ones catch your eye:
You may not see anything on this list that interests you. If this is the case, you’re more than welcome to come up with your own idea. I’m willing to listen to whatever project you’d like to pitch.
Are all choices created equal?
One selection technique common to many students is to pick the option that seems like the least amount of work. I would NOT recommend going this way. Every year some student says they’ll do poetry because they think they can write any old gibberish and then pass it off as ‘thinking outside the box’. Trust me when I tell you there will be safeguards to a) prevent this and b) make sure everyone is doing roughly the same amount of work. Obviously, there’s no way of doing this perfectly, but I always strive towards equality as much as possible. As a teacher, I have an overdeveloped sense of fairness.
To give me a clear understanding of your choice, the work you’re planning to put in and the final product you have in mind, you’ll be writing a SUMMATIVE PROPOSAL that explains what you plan to write over the next 4 months.
Once you’ve picked what you’re planning to write, you need to make a preliminary case for me, explaining what makes this a major writing piece. Here’s what I’d like to know:
Once I get your proposal sheets, we’ll have a one-on-one meeting to discuss what you’ve written. I might suggest a few changes if I feel your proposal is not ambitious enough, unfocussed or I think you’re biting off more than you can chew. Don’t worry, more often these meetings end with a ‘good idea’ and ‘good luck’.
Work Periods and Check-Ins
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Between the proposal and handing in your work, we’ll have 3 periods in a computer lab to beaver away while Mr. Patterson does one on one check-ins. I’ll be looking for things like evidence of research and how much you’ve progressed since the last check-in. Come prepared with all your work. These check-ins will be evaluated.
CHECK-IN DATES and FINAL DUE DATE
PART 2: The Seminar
“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”
– Mark Twain
Once you’ve completed your piece, you’ll be ready for the seminar presentation. In approximately 10 to 15 minutes you need to tell us the following:
You are welcome to do anything you like to make your seminar more interesting. This can include:
Please note you will be marked on how well your presentation engages the class, not for technical wizardry (RUBRIC TO FOLLOW). It is possible to do very well simply by giving an oral account of all the points above. However, for many who are less comfortable in front of a crowd, using any of the above ideas might be helpful in taking some of the pressure off.
Proposal ………………………………….. /10
Major Work ……………………………… /70
Seminar ………………………………….. /30
Check-ins and Deadlines ……………… /10
TOTAL ……………………………………. /120
That’s it. Not overly complicated but very ambitious. I would not give this to you if I didn’t think you had it in you. I’m really looking forward to reading these.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED
‘My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said ‘No, but I want a regular banana
later, so… yeah.’
TEXTS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR ESSAY TEST
Friday, May 11th – Handout Assignment, Prepare Thesis
Tuesday, May 15th – Essay Prep Day
Thursday, May 17th – Essay Prep Day
Tuesday, May 22nd – Writing Day
Thursday, May 24th – Writing Day
Monday, May 28th – Media Pres
Wednesday, May 30th – Media Pres
Friday, June 1st – Media Pres
Tuesday, June 5th – Rollover Day
Thursday, June 7th – Rollover Day