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American Literature * 11th Grade College Prep * Harrison High School Required Reading 2012/13

For this project, you will choose a historical/cultural topic (nonfiction article) that will support our study of American literature. Using the Internet, you will research your topic, select from among available articles, take notes on what you find, and summarize your findings. Due date: The assignment should be completed by the first week of the semester in which the student is enrolled in an

English class. Second semester students should complete the assignment over the summer to allow time for enjoyment and annotation. Each curriculum team will determine the due date and weight of the assessment and will inform the students prior to the assessment.

You will turn in the following:

1. The article from which you gathered your information (5 points) - Wikipedia is NOT a valid source for this assignment. - Article must be 2-3 pages in length (or compile shorter articles to meet this length requirement). - Article must include citation material either through a Works Cited page or by showing the URL on the printout. NO CREDIT at all for this assignment if you use a Wikipedia source. ____/5

Turn in this page as your rubric. Highlight the topic that you researched.

2. Summary and annotation of the article (10 points). You will turn in a 40-word summary of the article. The best way to do this is to read the article, marking it up (annotating it). Summarize each paragraph/section in 20 words or less. Then combine these summaries, editing them down to meet the 40-word requirement. ____/10 3. Representation of the material in a visual component (35 points). This can be an illustrated poster or a PowerPoint slide show; see specifics below. (If you choose, you may complete an expository essay instead, minimum of 250 words.) ____/35

- Poster: Minimum of five images with captions, which give details in 3-5 sentences each (total of 15-25 sentences among the five captions). Use ALL white space on the poster to represent your topic. - PowerPoint: Minimum of five slides, presenting text with the visuals. Text on each slide should give details about your topic in 3-5 sentences each (total of 15-25 sentences among the minimum five slides). (You will turn in the printed handouts of these slides as well as bring your project on a flashdrive for the teacher to access.) - Plagiarism: If you simply copy and paste from the article, you will earn NO credit for this assignment because you have committed plagiarism. You should read the article(s) thoroughly and then put them away. Use the information as a resource as you organize and present your own thoughts. Simply changing a word or two is also plagiarism and will earn you NO credit on the assignment. 4. Total points earned: ____/50

Plagiarism is the act of using another person's ideas and expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source. Repeating another's words, phrases or sentences without quotation marks and proper citation is one form of plagiarism. Restating another's "apt phrase," argument or idea without proper citation is also plagiarism as it indicates the work is your own rather than that of the original source (MLA Handbook). Plagiarism is not limited to an amount of material that needs citation. It may be seen as a lack of citation for ONE sentence, one paragraph and/or an entire paper. Consequences for plagiarism include receiving an F (0 points) on the assignment and a disciplinary referral to the administrators for disciplinary action. According to the Cobb County Code of Student Conduct plagiarism is "copying of another person's words or the expression of an idea and representing it as one's own." Collaboration with peers on this individual assignment is considered cheating.

OVER for choice of topics to research

American Literature * 11th Grade College Prep * Harrison High School Required Reading 2012/13

Research topics from which to choose, a vast selection!

Colonial People Olaudah Equiano John Adams Jean de Crevecouer Patrick Henry Thomas Paine John Adams Thomas Jefferson Anne Bradstreet Jonathan Edwards Colonial Places Southern Colonies Northern Colonies The Virginia Convention Colonial Culture and Customs The Puritan Ethic Puritan Poetry The Enlightenment Native American Oral Tradition The Iroquois Constitution American Revolution Romantic People/Influences Fireside Poets Individualism in the 19th Century Nature in Romantic poetry Transparent Eyeball American Romantic Hero American Frontier Lewis and Clark Edgar Allan Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne Faust tradition Romantic Events Westward Expansion The Louisiana Purchase Trail of Tears Realism, Regionalism, Naturalism People Muckrakers Mark Twain Jack London Soldiers in the Civil War Slaves in America Realism, Regionalism, Naturalism Culture/Events Fort Sumter Spirituals The Underground Railroad Reconstruction Modern People Writers of the Harlem Renaissance T. S. Eliot Bootleggers Flappers Rights of Women in Modern America Migrant workers William Faulkner Claude McKay Countee Cullen Zora Neal Hurston Modern Culture/Events The Great Depression The Stock Market Crash Technology of World War I and/or World War II The New Deal The Dust Bowl Post-Modern People Martin Luther King, Jr. Hippies James Baldwin John F. Kennedy Arthur Miller Post-Modern Culture/Events The Cold War Television in the `50s and `60s Age of Aquarius Suburbs McCarthyism Social Protest Pop Culture

Common Core Standards addressed: ELACC11-12SL4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range or formal and informal tasks. ELACC11-12SL5: Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. ELACC11-12SL6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. ELACC11-12RI7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented indifferent media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem. ELACC1112RI10: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction.


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