An anthology is a published collection of writings or works of art or music. You’ve been through four semesters of high school English and now is the time to show that you can do all of this on your own. You will demonstrate your mastery of reading comprehension, critical analysis, and communication through the Anthology Project. Your final senior English anthology, worth 25% of your quarter grade, is to design, complete and present a thematic reading and writing unit. The project involves three major parts: Reading, Writing, and Presentation.
For this part of the Anthology Project you will read three types of literature of your choice. Materials read or used in previous English classes are unacceptable. Please avoid books that have been adapted into movies as well. Finally, please be sure that your material is appropriate for the school setting. You need to choose:
Once you’ve read your pieces, you will write several pieces thematically tying together the pieces that you’ve read for class.
A preface (equivalent of 2-3 pages) that introduces your theme and your personal connection to the theme. It should explain how you determined the theme, how the anthology title reflects that theme, and how the three texts connect to that theme. This should be written in first person and should reflect your personal philosophy regarding topic at hand explained with specific support from each text.
After you’ve finished your independent reading and you’ve wrapped up the writing, you’re going to present your anthology. Your presentation should enhance your research and show how this theme that exists in literature also exists in our lives. Your classmates will complete a peer review of each presentation. Presentations will take place in May and they will last 5-10 minutes.
Oral presentations should provide an overview of your theme and what you learned as well as teach us something new or how to do a thing. Use a Prezi or PowerPoint and prepare with note cards. Be sure technology is compatible with our school’s resources.
Presentations should include interaction with the class, perhaps a game, activity, role play, quiz, etc.
Senior Anthology Project Timeline
Receive the anthology assignment
Find a major text
Title of major text due
Have major text read, Critical Review Draft Due
Find two short works
Two short works and anthology analysis due in class
*Non-fiction analysis due in class
Work on preface and epilogue
Tidy Up the Site
Final Product Due
The Final Product:
The Preface (Titled: Anthology Project) Page
Introduces the theme and connects it to the rest of the texts. Reflects your theme in design, font, and color. This should be creatively titled.
Include a quote that you feel encapsulates the theme of the anthology. Be sure to include who said the quotation and to remember punctuation regarding quotes.
The Poetry Analysis Page (Titled: Poetry Analysis)
Clean/Neat Copy (link to copy) of the poem you analyzed.
The poetry analysis
The Visual Analysis Page (Titled: Visual Analysis)
Clean/Neat Copy of the visual piece (link to copy)
*The Non-Fiction Analysis Page
Clean/Neat copy of the non-fiction piece
Analysis of text
The Critical Review (Titled: Critical Review)
Clean and neat copy or visual of the cover of the book you read
The critical review/analysis of the text
The Epilogue (Titled: Epilogue or Self-Reflection)
A self reflection
The English 4 Anthology Rubric
Title page, including quotation with source documentation
Overall style, flavor, & individuality
Visual Selection (5)
Ties personal experience to anthology theme (5)
Effectively attaches each work to theme (5)
Introduction includes title and author; thesis stating opinion of work (5)
Two reasons with two specific examples each (dealing with literary or persuasive elements) – (20)
Conclusion effectively dealing with theme and opinion of work (5)
Thesis statement/position of the analysis (5)
Two literary techniques with explanation and/or quotes (10)
Thesis stating techniques used in visual selection (5)
Two techniques with explanation and/or specifics (10)
* Non-Fiction Analysis
Thesis discussing non-fiction text (5)
Discusses real world implications of fiction/novel subject (10)
Reflects on the process of the project, both good and bad (5)
Reflects on self revelations/growth throughout the semester (5)
Works Cited and Parenthetical Documentation
In Correct Order/Legible/Neat Copies