Project Assignment

Creative Project Assignment

In English classes we tend to focus on analysis and argumentation through papers and exams; however, there are many other ways a person can respond to and interpret a text. This creative project is your chance to explore a different mode of interpretation by imagining yourself as an author.

Your Creative Project assignment is to write a narrative related to the theme of growing up or developing personal identity using one of the techniques we’ve observed in our books this semester. Those include:

  • A journey to significant places (including a map of the journey)
  • Short but vivid descriptions of people and everyday events in a neighborhood
  • A comic strip that combines images and text to tell a story
  • Fantasy or supernatural elements combined with daily life
  • Two main characters telling a story in alternating first-person voices
  • Letters back and forth between two characters

Your creative project should be 3 pages long double spaced (or 3 pages of comic strip). It can be fiction or based on real life (yours or someone you know – with names changed if you want). You must also include a one paragraph reflection at the end that discusses which technique you picked from the list, why you picked it, and why you think it is or is not effective in telling a story now that you’ve tried it yourself.

so design your project so that you can tell a complete story or a complete episode in a brief amount of space. You can always use the reflection paragraph to explain what else you would add if you had more time. I’d also like you all to think about story design. As we’ve seen this semester, all good stories contain some kind of conflict, or point of change or realization for the main character, which is what makes a story satisfying for a reader. See if you can develop something like that in your project, whether your story is fiction or non-fiction.

This is the feed back about the proposal that you did

this sounds like a good idea. I’d like you to think about the project’s length – the requirement is pretty short, so you may not be able to fit your charcter’s entire journey into it (though you can go a little over 3 pages if you want). You may want to focus on one episode during one part of their journey. Try outlining your ideas and see what you think you’ll be able to do in the time that I’ve given you.