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Project Instructions

This project is divided into TWO parts. Part one is a literary analysis paper. Part two is a creative project & book talk.

Part ONE: Literary Analysis


In addition to the Before & After Reflection and Dialectical Journal ...

Create a typed, MLA formatted, 3-4 page paper responding to the following in detail:

1. Summarize - What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book? What topics are covered? If someone asked you what this book  is about, what would you say?

2. Assess - Is this a helpful source? Does it include reliable information? Is the source biased or objective? What is the goal of the source?

3. Reflect - How does this change your thinking about the topic? Discuss the ideas you had prior to reading the book and how they evolved. Also, include new ideas that were meaningful to you.

Part TWO: Creative Project & Book Talk

Choose ONE of the following creative projects to complete. Graded on completion, accuracy, and creativity. It should look as nice as you want your grade to look. You will use this creative piece as a visual aid in your book talk.

- Create a Movie Poster

- Design and Make a Newspaper

- Design and Create a Storyboard


Teach your peers about the work you have completed. Use your creative project as a visual aid. Your talk should be well rehearsed. You may record your book talk as a video or present it live to the class.

Things to discuss in your book talk include:

Title, Author, Genre
Author Background Information
Plot Summary (Don't give away the ending!)
An interesting quotation/passage from the novel


Book Talk Example 1


Book Talk Example 2


What is Nonfiction?

The form of a narrative or account that is understood to be FACTUAL. In other words, it is not made up or fake. It does not have to be accurate to be considered true, as long as the author is writing what they believe is a truthful work. Types of nonfiction include journals, analysis, memoirs, diaries, documentaries, histories, biographies, autobiographies, instructional manuals, etc.


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