The Open Boat project

“The Open Boat” project – due Friday,
January 22, 2016
Choose one of the following for this project. This assignment will count as a major grade.
Illustration: Graphic Novel
Create a panel (minimum of four, maximum of six panels) for a graphic novel based on the story.
Choose a particular scene to illustrate and include the appropriate lines of narration or dialogue for your
panel. You may use any medium for your illustration such as pencil, pen, charcoal, watercolor,
computer graphics, etc. Mount your exhibit to show all the works created for this activity.
Character Analysis: Letter of Recommendation
Imagine that you are recommending one of the men in “The Open Boat” for a new position. For
example, you might write a letter of recommendation for the captain when he is ready to seek a new
position in command of another ship. Study the character’s words and actions in the story to develop a
thorough character analysis. Apply this analysis to explain whether the character is suited to and
qualified for the job he seeks. Use diction and formatting appropriate for a formal letter of
Writing Tips
These tips will help you understand how to write a character reference letter. However, keep in mind
the strongest character letters are always personal and heartfelt. So the more you can write yours in
your own words the better it will be.
Organize your letter
As a rule, character references have three sections.
Opening. Usually a paragraph of only a sentence or two, the opening explains who you are and how you
know the subject (person you're referring).
Body. The body is the majority of the letter. It can be several paragraphs. Here you make the case for
your friend or relative-- describing your experiences with him or her and giving examples of the subject's
good qualities.
Closing. The last paragraph reinforces your belief in your friend or relative and contains your actual
Employment related character references are usually best when the recommendation is as open-ended
as possible. For example, your friend John has asked you to write a letter because he hopes it will help
him land a sales position at the local hardware store. John is polite and out-going, and you feel he'd be
great in sales. When closing your letter which is the better way to make your recommendation?
I enthusiastically recommend John for a position selling hardware"
"I enthusiastically recommend John for any position where patience, courtesy and a winning manner are