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8th Grade

For the final project of this year (eek!), students are working on an Identity Project and a Credo Project using The Outsiders.

Identity Project

Identity Project – The Outsiders

Throughout the unit on The Outsiders, we’ve talked a lot about identity and what makes us who we are.  Through our actions, experience, speech, and where we live, we develop an identity.  For the characters in The Outsiders, this is especially true.

Your Objective: Create a project that demonstrates an understanding of the identity (personality traits) of a character in The Outsiders.  You will need to explain your character’s identity by using textual evidence to support your analysis.  In other words; who is your character and how do you know?  Your project must include:

·        5 – 7 Traits that describe your character. 

·        Each trait must be supported with evidence from the novel (at least three examples, quotes, or passages).

·        A bibliography for The Outsiders.

You will use a series of worksheets and in-class activities to develop your project. 

Your Project: The options for presenting your information are open.  You can choose how you would like to demonstrate your understanding of identity.  Some options you might choose…

·        Written Assignment – Present your character’s traits in a series of paragraphs.  Each paragraph will explain a trait and provide evidence to support your analysis.

·        Poster – Present your character’s traits using a poster.  Each trait should be clearly labeled and explained using evidence from the novel to support your analysis.

·        Prezi / PowerPoint – Present your character’s traits in a series of slides.  Each slide will focus on one trait and include the evidence from the novel to support your analysis.

·        Your Own Idea – Come up with your own idea and present it to Mrs. Nicol.  You must still clearly explain your character’s traits and use evidence from the novel to support your analysis.

Credo Project

Credo Writing Project

The word credo means “a statement of principles or beliefs, especially one that is professed formally.”  So, like Robert Fulghum stated that all he needed to know about life he learned in kindergarten, you are going to come up with your own credo.

Using the prewriting we have done in class (you know, developing a list of things that you hold as very important when it comes to living a full and happy life), you are now going to brainstorm and take those ideas further.  But before you draft, here are some other things to think about…

Notice how Fulghum (or any other examples you will hear) does not just come out and say “I believe that…” or “A good life consists of…” That’s too straightforward and therefore DULL!  The first thing you need to think about is an angle.  The angle is the approach you want to take that is going to make this piece of writing individual for you.  Below are some approaches and examples of each.  Choose one that you think will work for what you want to say.

Approach #1: The Metaphor
            A metaphor is a direct comparison between two different things that makes them seem to be the same.  For example: Life is a game of golf. It’s frustrating at times, but when you hit a good shot, you feel awesome.  Sometimes, you can’t see the destination from where you’re standing, but you have to swing with faith.  Don’t spend too much time in the woods looking for bad hits.
            Another example is: Life is a bowl of cherries; sometimes sweet, sometimes filled with pits.
I hope you get the idea.  Try to think of a metaphor that would sum up some of the ideas you generated on your list of things.  It should also be something you can make a lengthy comparison about.

Approach #2: The Essay
            This is the approach that Fulghum uses.  This tricky thing here is avoiding the direct lines of “I believe that…” or “It is important to…” or “always remember to…”.  Fulghum gets his point out by talking about kindergarten.  You need to pick a topic that you can talk about and then make connections to life in general.  For example: a box of old photographs could be used to talk about memories, family, friends, and important events.  Come up with some ideas and then bounce them off of friends/teachers before you commit to that idea.

Approach #3: Use a different written format and change it to fit your needs
            That means that you take some other form of writing and use it as a format for your credo.  Some examples would be a recipe, a want ad, a shopping list, written directions to a destination, assembly instructions, an owner’s manual, etc.  Bounce ideas off of your friends!

Approach #4: Your own idea
            Hey, I don’t know it all!
This project includes a final written draft that is creative and can be displayed.  The expectations are included on the rubric attached to this packet.