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8 Algebra Independent Study Reading Project: Due May 4, 2011

Task: To read and present a report on a mathematical book, focusing on the mathematical aspects of the book.

Steps:

- Choose a book from the library selection.
- Read the book in its entirety.
- Select a means of reporting on the book and the mathematical aspects of the novel:

Report Options:

- Create a poster illustrating the book and a mathematical part of the book. Include a written explanation.
- Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book and a mathematical part of the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
- Make several original sketches (3 to 5) of some of the scenes of the book and a mathematical part of the book. Label them and provide written explanations.
- Construct a diorama (3-D scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, animals, etc.) of a scene in the book, including a mathematical part of the book. Include a written explanation.
- Create a mini comic book/graphic novel relating a chapter of the book, including a mathematical part of the book.
- Make a cross-word puzzle using vocabulary from the book, using at least 30 words in total, at least 10 words that are mathematical, and a glossary.
- Partner with one or two other students to create a video version of Masterpiece Book Review (a television show which reviews books and interviews authors). Include information about the novel as well as its mathematical connections.
- Write a book review for the Knightly News including information on the mathematical aspects of the novel.
- Partner with one or two other students to be a reporter and give a report of a scene from the book, including mathematical applications, as it is happening LIVE!

Categories | 10 Points | 8 Points | 6 Points | 4 Points | 2 Points |

Task Completion | Task is fully complete and fully demonstrates description | Task is mostly complete and mostly demonstrates description. | Task is partially complete and partially demonstrates description. | Task is incomplete complete or does not demonstrates description. | Task is incomplete complete and does not demonstrates description. |

Mathematical Connection | Connection is clearly and fully presented, explained, and examined. | Connection is either partially clear or partially presented, partially explained, or partially examined. | Connection is either partially clear and partially presented, partially explained, and partially examined. | Connection is not partially clear or not presented, or not explained, or not examined. | Connection is not partially clear and not presented, and not explained, and not examined. |

Comprehension | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot is fully expressed. | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot is partially expressed. | Story or mathematical connection meaning and plot are not expressed. | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot are not expressed. | Story or mathematical connection meaning and plot are fictitiously expressed. |

Communication | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot is fully communicated | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot is partially communicated. | Story or mathematical connection meaning and plot are not communicated. | Story and mathematical connection meaning and plot are not communicated. | Story or mathematical connection meaning and plot are fictitiously communicated. |

Effort | Extraordinary effort is apparent. | Better than average effort is apparent. | Average effort is apparent. | Some effort is apparent. | No effort is apparent. |

Quality | Extraordinary quality is apparent. | Better than average quality is apparent. | Average quality is apparent. | Some quality is apparent. | No quality is apparent. |