Madison Public Schools - Summer Assignment Contemporary Humanities, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Public Speaking & Creative Writing Mrs. Vilarino, Mr. Oswin, & Mrs. Holzer Assignment Rationale/Objective: To provide students with an opportunity for experiential learning over the summer that ties directly with the curricular goals of the course. This experience will be the basis for the first conversation of our coursework: a definition of the humanities and the value of its study in the modern age. Required materials: Students will need the attached instructions in addition to attendance of an artistic or cultural institution. The final product of the assignment will be a researched reflection paper. Overview instructions: Please see the attached assignment pages for instructions and assignment details Estimated time for completion/Suggested pacing: It is anticipated that students will spend about 10 hours completing this assignment, combining the artistic experience and their research and write-up. Number of points: 25 Points Percentage of first marking period grade: Roughly 10% Process for requesting help over the summer: Students who have questions or are encountering difficulties completing the assignment should please email Mr. Oswin (regardless of assigned instructor) at [email protected] Contemporary Humanities: Summer Experiential Learning Assignment: 2015-16 As seniors in Enriched English next year, your coursework will include Contemporary Humanities in addition to an English elective of your choice (Creative Writing, Science Fiction & Fantasy, or Public Speaking). Contemporary Humanities is a course which examines the literary, visual, and musical arts across time periods as a reflection of the peoples and societies who created them. Art is a reflection of the human experience, be it joy, suffering, desire, disappointment, or anything else people can experience! Your assignment this summer is to go out into the community and discover what the human experience looks like for yourself in some experiential learning- attending a cultural institution, performance, gallery, or museum. During your visit, keep notes on what interests you or is impactful during your visit. You will compose and hand in a minimum 3-page researched reflection discussing the following questions about your visit. Keep the central question in mind: What does the Human Experience look like through the arts, (music, theater, artwork, etc) and how is art able to capture and express that experience? Please type your essays in correct MLA format: Times New Roman, Size 12 font, double spaced. Only essays typed and printed will be accepted (no hand-written papers or emails). You should respond to all questions asked in your reflection. You may use the first person in this reflection, but be aware of correct use of grammar, spelling, syntax, and paragraph structure. You are expected to research the venue, art, or artists you view, so please also include correct in-text citations and a complete MLA works cited page. Papers are to be submitted in hard copy to the instructor on the first day of class. The last day papers will be accepted before application of the late penalty will be Friday, September 4th. Late papers will lose 40% credit, as per Humanities Dept late work policy. This assignment will be worth 25 points, and will constitute the first grade of the school year. ALL students, regardless of their elective, MUST complete this assignment. There is no other summer reading assignment but this visit and reflection paper. Suggested Venues: Broadway/Off-Broadway Musicals & Plays Local Theater (Shakespeare Theater, NJ PAC, etc.) Local Museums & Galleries (Morris Museum, etc.) NYC Museums and Galleries (Natural History Museum, MoMA, Metropolitan Museum, etc) Local College Galleries and Productions (Drew, FDU, College of St. Elizabeth, etc) Unacceptable Venues: Commercial films (movie theater, DVD, Netflix, etc) Amateur Performances (garage bands, student performances, etc) Reflection Questions: Please respond to each of these questions in your reflection. You will need to cite any researched information about artists, criticism, etc. Be sure to use reliable sources: newspaper write-ups, online databases, museum websites, etc.- NOT WIKIPEDIA OR GOOGLE -Why did you select this particular experience? What interested you about it or was it merely convenient? Is this the type of activity you would normally engage in during your spare time? Did you enjoy it? -Describe your experience. If you looked at artwork, describe the work of art. What do you think it is about? If you went to a concert, describe the music. If you saw a drama or musical, what was it about? Summarize your visit. -What time period was the play, composition, or paintings you saw created in? In what ways is the piece reflective of the period of its creation? If you saw a play, what time period was it originally created in and in what way has it been (or not been) modernized for contemporary audiences?* -What can you tell me about the playwright, composer, poet, or painter? What experiences in his or her personal life are reflected in the work of art?* -In what ways do the performances or the artwork you saw reflect elements of the human experience? How did the art capture emotion? Story? Social forces? * indicates elements which research and citations Contemporary Humanities Summer Assignment Rubric 5 4 Response explores the human experience through specific, researched reflection, personalized by student interest and enthusiasm for topic. Answers all questions and meets the minimum assignment requirements Paper follows correct MLA format Paper includes multiple cited research sources Assignment Total: 3 2 1 x2 __________ / 25 Points *Reminders: -Plagiarized Papers will receive a grade of 0 and students who are found to have plagiarized will receive an honor code violation. -Late papers will receive a 40% reduction of credit. If you have read the assignment guidelines and are unsure about your selected venue or have any question about assignment expectations, don’t hesitate to email Mr. Oswin (regardless of your assigned instructor) at [email protected] during the summer for additional clarification or support. Enjoy your break!