May 5, 2007

We are beginning our portfolio projects and we are using this page for blogging and finding links to help us. I am posting a copy of the assignment so that everyone can access it, no matter where.

INDEPENDENT PORTFOLIOS
In order to fulfill this portion of work for your portfolios, you must choose enough assignments to add up to 100 marks. Notice that some of the ones that are worth more marks may take more time and effort. Do not be put off by this because some of those ones are also more fun. Any type of writing must be done in paragraph form unless otherwise stated. Any writing must have good sentences, introductions and conclusions. Be sure to edit your work so that you are positive it is your best.

1. WRITE A CHARACTER SKETCH OF SOMEONE IN THE BOOK. This might be the central character or a minor supporting character in the story. Tell what he looked like, but also include favorite color, horoscope sign, sports liked, and even a bumper-sticker or a T-shirt. (10 Marks)

2. WRITE A PROMOTION CAMPAIGN FOR A MOVIE ABOUT THE BOOK. This could include newspaper ad layouts, radio and television commercials, and any special events. (20 Marks)

3. WRITE A LETTER TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK. While authors may not have time to respond to each letter they receive, they do enjoy letters from their readers - especially those that discuss the books in the reader's own terms. Send letters in care of the book publishers if you cannot locate the author's address in Who's Who, Current Biography, or other reference sources. (10 Marks)

4. PUT TOGETHER A CAST FOR THE FILM VERSION OF A BOOK. Imagine the director-producer wants a casting director to make recommendations. Decide who would be the actors and actresses. Include photos and descriptions of the stars and tell why each is "perfect" for the part. Write a report to convince the producer of the selections. (10 Marks)

5. DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN T-SHIRT OF AN ILLUSTRATION ABOUT A BOOK. Create a design, using color-fast marking pens. (20 Marks)

6. INVENT WORD GAMES FOR YOUR BOOK. Create crossword puzzles, word games, and acrostics incorporating unfamiliar vocabulary words, characters, and settings. (10 Marks)

7. RETURN TO THE FUTURE. Pretend that you are one of the characters who have "come back" 25 years after the novel has ended. Describe your reactions. (10 Marks)

8. DESIGN THE FRONT PAGE OF A NEWSPAPER. Write a short news story describing the major event in your book. Include an attention grabbing headline and teasers for the rest of the paper. (20 Marks)

9. WRITE AN EDITORIAL ON SOME CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE RAISED BY THE BOOK. An editorial means that you will be giving your opinion on the issue and how it affects your life. (10 Marks)

10. DESIGN A COMIC STRIP RETELLING SOME EVENT IN THE STORY. This may be expanded to tell the whole story of the novel as a comic book. (10 Marks)

11. DESIGN A CHILDREN'S STORY RETELLING SOME EVENT IN THE STORY. This may be expanded to tell the whole story of the novel as a children's book. (20 Marks)

12. DESIGN A TIME LINE FOR THE EVENTS IN THE STORY. (10 Marks)

13. DESIGN A DETAILED MAP OR MAPS FOR THE SETTING(S) OF THE BOOK. (20 Marks)

14. PEN SOME POETRY. Write a limerick or a short poem about one of the characters or some event in the novel. (10 Marks)

15. CREATE AN EYE-CATCHING POSTER. Choose a scene from the book and cast it in a poster which would attract potential readers or buyers to the book. (10 Marks)

16. TRADING PLACES. Write a short paper explaining why you would or would not like to change places with one of the characters in the novel. (10 Marks)

17. BE A MODERN ARTIST. Using various mediums, create a collage that comments on a particular theme or issue in the book. (10 Marks)

18. DESIGN AND PRODUCE A POSTCARD OR A SERIES OF POSTCARDS. On one side draw/paint/reproduce an appropriate photo and on the other side compose a message to me from one of the characters. There will be automatic A's for the best design, most intriguing message, most distant postmark, and most appropriate postmark. (20 Marks)

19. PUBLISH A YEARBOOK. Create a yearbook - alias annual, alias classbook, alias memory book - based on the people and events in your book. Refer to a real yearbook for ideas on layout and sections. (20 Marks)

20. COMPILE A SCRAPBOOK PAGE OR A MEMORY BOX. Choose one of the major characters in your book, and, as that person, put together a scrapbook page or memory box of special memories and mementoes. Be true to your character. (20 Marks)

21. DISCUSS IN DEPTH THE RELEVANCE OF THE TITLE TO THE REST OF THE BOOK. (10 Marks)

22. COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE BOOK WITH ANOTHER YOU HAVE READ. (10 Marks)

23. WRITE YOUR OWN TEST - a combination of matching, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay. (20 Marks)

24. YOU’RE THE REPORTER. Write a front page news story or a report live from the scene. (10 Marks)

25. CAN YOU DIG IT? A famous archaeologist wants to hire you for an expedtion to a distant island. You may choose one character from your book to go along. Since you will have to live on the island for about 3 months you want to select someone who will be a good companion and a good explorer. Tell what triats you would find in the character you have selected that make you want to take him/her along. (10 Marks)

26. COLUMNA OR COLUMN B? Compare and/or contrast yourself with one of the main characters from the book. (10 Marks)

27. LIGHTS, CAMERA, BETTER? Compare the book to the TV or Movie version of the book. (10 Marks)

28. EVERYONE’S A CRITIC. Find a critic’s review of the book. Photocopy it and then write a comparison of your thoughts with the critic’s. (10 Marks)

29. RULES, RULES, RULES. Make a list of 10 or 15 rules that the main character in the book lives by. Compare this to a list of rules that other people want him/her to live by. In what ways is he/she being forced to conform? In what ways is he/she rebelling? (20 Marks)

30. A DAY IN THE LIFE. Put yourself in the place of the main character and describe how his or her life would have been different if you had been living it. (10 Marks)

31. CHOOSE YOUR OWN. Write a different ending for the book. (10 Marks)

32. MOVING? Write an essay explaining why you would or wouldn’t like to live in the world portrayed in your book. Be specific. (10 Marks)

33. CLAIRE VOYANT. You are a fortune teller and have been asked to predict what each of the characters in your book will be doing ten years after the story ends. Be sure to explain why you feel this will happen. (10 Marks)

34. WHY, THANK YOU. You can give a gift to a character of your choice and you have as much money as you need. Tell what the gift you would buy would buy and why it would be appreciated. (10 Marks)

35. MAKE A DECISION, STAT! You have just been informed that every character in your book has a fatal disease. You are a doctor who has some medication that will ease the pain of only one of them. Which one would you choose to help and why? (10 Marks)

36. Ready, Setting, Go! Use a Venn diagram to compare the setting in a book with local settings (in your community). How are the two settings alike? Different? (10 Marks)

37. ILLUSTRIOUS. Scan a chapter into your computer and then make illustrations for it. Remember that the characters need to look the same in every scene and have to wear the same clothes unless they have changed them. After you finish, write or tell what you learned about being an illustrator. Read some books or articles on illustrators to learn more about their jobs. (40 Marks)

38. ANALYSING, ANALYSING…..Think of five things going on in your world-pollution, racism and so on, and decide how the characters in your book would react to them. This is a way of doing a character analysis. Remember that you have to really understand the character to be sure this is how they would really react. Think about the way the main characters are the same and different. They won't all have the same reaction. (20 Marks)

39. EXCELLENT OLD CHAP. Read the same book as one of your friends. The two of you make a video or do a live performance of MASTERPIECE BOOK REVIEW, a program which reviews books and interviews authors. (You can even have audience participation!) (40 Marks)

40. YOU ALL LOVE TO TALK.Do a book talk. Talk to the class about your book by saying a little about the author, explain who the characters are and explain enough about the beginning of the story so that everyone will understand what they are about to read. Finally, read an exciting, interesting, or amusing passage from your book. Stop reading at a moment that leaves the audience hanging and add "If you want to know more you'll have to read the book." If the book talk is well done almost all the students want to read the book. (30 Marks)

41. WEBSTER’S CHALLENGE. Make a dictionary containing 20 or more difficult words from the book. (10 Marks)

43. EBAY NOT INCLUDED. Find the top 10 web sites a character in your book would most frequently visit. Include 2-3 sentences for each on why your character likes each of the sites. (10 Marks)

44. AIR YOUR THOUGHTS OUT. Complete each of these eight ideas with your thoughts after reading your book: This book made me wish that..., realize that..., decide that..., wonder about..., see that..., believe that ..., feel that..., and hope that... (30 Marks)