English 11 Self-reliant Individual Essay assignment.
The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997.
Favorite Poem Project Videos:
Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life"
Whitman's "Song of Myself"
Emerson's "Concord Hymn"
Today is Kurt Vonnegut's birthday. For more information, go here.
Kurt Vonnegut, who also wrote Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965), Breakfast of Champions (1973), and many other books. He once said, "If you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again." - From The Writer's Almanac
You will be producing your own almanac patterned after the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Poor Richard’s Almanac. Your almanac will be a mixture of information and personal writing about yourself and where you live.
To make the project more interesting, you may want to organize your selections around a particular theme – a sport, a holiday, your hobby or place of employment. Your almanac must include the following:
1. Life-map or Google Map illustrating major events of your life.
- Mr. Lackey's Life Map
- Bill Gates Timeline
2. Autobiographic Incident Narrative:
- Based on Life Map assignment
- Opens with trigger incident and closes with epiphany
- Includes at least five sensory details and three figurative devices
- 250 words – submit to Turnitin.com
Check out Song and Memory to hear how music triggers recollection.
5. General Information – include at least three:
- Phases of the moon
- Astrological Information
- Planting/Crop Information
- Proverbs, Aphorisms or Quotations
- Other essential suburban survival information
For almanac resources see Old Farmer's Almanac, Farmer's Almanac or the Urban Almanac
6. Glossary of Slang – include at least 10 words with definition and usage. For Slang Dictionaries:
- Word Spy
- Online Slang Dictionary
- Yahoo Slang Dictionary Directory
7. Strongsville Local Lore – write a short article (150 words) and include photographs about one of the following:
- Living Strongsville Treasure –a person in Strongsville who embodies the spirit of your community and has a strong sense of place.
- Suburban Sanctuary – A place of peace and contemplation indoors or out where you can go to rest, relax and connect with your self.
- Essential Place in Strongsville – A location that represents the character and essential nature of the town.
8. Publication - Think about how Franklin would publish his Almanac today. Consider creating a blog, web page, video, or PowerPoint presentation. Paper and ink are also certainly acceptable.
9. Include Works Cited information for Copy-Change poem, General Information and any other information sources in your almanac.
“Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules.” – Marshall McLuhan 1967
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