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Google Earth Research Project

  1. 1. AP Literature Newcome Cry, the Beloved Country Research and Multi-Media Presentation Fall 2009 The Objectives: Interpret and analyze the meaning of literary works from diverse cultures and authors by applying different critical lenses and analytic techniques. Relate recognized works and authors of American and World literature to major literary movements, themes, and issues of their eras. Analyze the literal and interpretive meanings of literary works using a variety of critical approaches. Enhance critical analyses and comprehension of texts by employing research methodology from primary and secondary sources. The students will demonstrate the ability to compose in a variety of modes by developing content, employing specific forms, and selecting language appropriate for a particular audience. Develop key ideas in support of a thesis using ample, specific, concrete evidence. The Opportunity: You and your partner(s) are going to read and study Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country. The text is essentially a social protest that deals with the rise of Apartheid in Africa. As you read the text, you are to choose another social or political protest to research and study. You must find and read relevant literature (non-fiction) that came about as a result of the movement. For example, Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech was a direct result of the Civil Rights Movement. You must choose at least one piece that opposes the movement and one piece that supports the movement. The pieces of literature you choose to read must be approved by me, and they should total no less than 50 pages. Your goal in this endeavor is to connect the social protest of Cry, the Beloved Country to the social protest of your choice. Once your protest and non-fiction pieces are chosen, you will begin to compile the pieces for your multi-media presentation. You must find factual information from approved websites, photographs, videos, and audio (music or speeches) relevant to your subject. As you find these resources, you should begin compiling a works cited page that strictly adheres to the MLA Format. You then are going to begin compiling a Google Earth presentation. We will begin the journey at Brunswick High School. You will then transport us to Africa. You will
  2. 2. include relevant facts and details from Cry, the Beloved Country and the Apartheid movement. Then you will take us to the location of the social protest you chose. You will embed the resources you compiled into the Google Earth Presentation. The total time of your presentation will be between 20-30 minutes. Possible Protest Topics Ireland Civil Rights: American Women’s Suffrage Prohibition War: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan The Revolution Somalia Darfur Ethiopia Famine The Holy Land Important Dates Nov. 3-Hand out Cry, the Beloved Country, introduce project Nov. 9-Social Protest due Nov. 17-Quiz on text, begin research on protest Nov. 18-20-Research in class, collect and read non-fiction associated with your topic Nov 23-24-Gather Media You have Thanksgiving Break off. You are welcome. Dec 1 and 2- Teach and troubleshoot Google Earth Dec 3,4,7,8,9-Gather Media/Produce Google Lit Trip Dec 10-Begin Presentations
  3. 3. Newcome AP Literature Google Earth Research Project Evaluator Thesis and Literature Connections Logical Thesis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Thesis: Supporting Details: Cry, the Beloved Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Supporting Details: Social Protest Literature 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cry, the Beloved Country and Social Protest Connection 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 __________/40 X2 Google Earth Requirements At least 5 places in addition to BHS visited 1 2 3 4 5 Multi-Media Relevance 1 2 3 4 5 Multi-Media Quality 1 2 3 4 5
  4. 4. Overall Quality of Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 ________/20 X2 Presentation Coherence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Equality 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Preparation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Professionalism 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ________40 X2 Works Cited Page: MLA Format______ X2 You must have at least 8 works cited.