The Great Gatsby Final Project Introduction For your final Gatsby project, you and your group members will design your own project, which will be displayed as part of The Big Read (in association with the Massanutten Regional Library) and our English Department’s Barnes & Noble book fair. Your projects must stand alone—they should require no explanation. Think about what is provided for you when you visit a museum. All projects must 1. go beyond the surface of the novel to explore, highlight, and engage the text and themes of The Great Gatsby, 2. give a sense of the novel’s story, 3. engage the audience, 4. achieve a professional, publishable level of excellence, 5. include the title and author, and 6. display your name(s). Class time for the creation of the project will be limited to three class periods, from October 13 to October 22. You will have one class period to plan the project, on October 6 and 7. You should therefore try to finish the book as quickly as possible to facilitate that initial planning meeting; choose your group members wisely; and plan carefully. Not having time to meet with your group outside of class will not be accepted as an excuse for late or substandard projects. Your Proposal You will need to provide the following for approval: 1. Names of persons working on the project 2. The idea for the project, including the format/medium; how it will meet bullet items 1, 2, 3, and 4 above; and your focus (for example, color symbolism, style, setting, conflicts, etc.). 3. Explain how the viewers of the projects will be interested in, drawn to, or invited to interact with the project. 4. How will you insure a quality, publishable project? Do you have the means to create the type of project you have chosen at the professional level? 5. What special arrangements, equipment, or supplies do you foresee needing to display the project? Grading Methods First, you will be graded on the list in bullet #2 of the introduction (a rubric appears at the end of this document). Second, you will be graded on criteria you determine based on the type of project you submit. Create a working rubric in this table. You must have four areas for evaluation that are exclusive to your project. I will refine your choices and levels of accomplishment if necessary. See the sample rubric for help. Categories for Evaluation (25 points each) Old Money 24-25 points New Money 22-23 points Middle Class 20-21 points Valley of Ashes 19 or fewer points Sample Rubric Outstanding (22-25) Satisfactory (19-21) The metaphor evidences some insight into the book. While the conclusions are apparent, the group could have made them by reading a summary or skimming the text. The group has built a metaphor that conveys information about the book and presents required information in a new way that is not entirely unexpected. Unsatisfactory (15-18) Insight The metaphor evidences outstanding insight into the book. The conclusions drawn about the text go beyond those noticed by the casual reader (or those noted on Sparknotes or similar websites). Creativity The group has built a metaphor that creatively conveys information about the book and moves into the unexpected in its presentation of required information. Accuracy The group has accurately chosen the information for each section of the metaphor, and all elements are supported with rational, specific citations from the text. The group has accurately chosen the information for each section of the metaphor, but the elements’ support is somewhat sparse. The group has made important errors in their presentation of information OR no support for their choices is present. Polish The metaphor shows the thought and care that went into the creation of project. Planning and hard work are obvious. The metaphor shows some evidence of thought and care, though planning and work are average. The metaphor is sloppy and poorly planned. The metaphor reveals little insight about the text. The group’s metaphor shows no creativity in its presentation of information. You can consult http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/assess.html#ru brics for additional sample rubrics. Moyers Rubric Old Money 24-25 points New Money 22-23 points Middle Class 20-21 points Exploration and engagement with novel’s text and themes The project explores, highlights, and engages the novel’s text and themes, moving beyond the surface of the The project explores, highlights, and engages the novel’s texts and themes but may not consistently The project highlights and engages the novel’s texts and themes. Valley of Ashes 19 or fewer points The project fails to highlight or engage the novel’s texts and themes. novel to give insight into the book. move beyond the surface of the novel. Sense of the novels’ story. The project provides a clear sense of story for the audience. The project provides a fairly clear sense of story for the audience with no major gaps. The sense of story is somewhat clear, but someone unfamiliar with the story would have a difficult time understanding the project. Audience engagement The project is highly interesting and engages the audience. The project is interesting and engages the audience. The project is interesting. The project fails to engage the audience. Level of excellence. The project is of publishable, professional quality. The project is of almost publishable, professional quality. The project needs work to reach publishable, professional quality. The project is not publishable or professional. Included. n/a n/a Not included. Included. n/a n/a Not included. Title and author Group members’ names The sense of story is unclear and/or lacks many details.