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Due: 5/17 (absolute last day to turn-in for
credit is 5/18 – but will lose 11% for being late)
Basics: A graphic
essay is a project that uses words, color, and other visual representations to
make a unified statement. The assignment is both creative and literary in
nature. It does not necessarily need to be artistic! This is individual
work.
Topic: This unit has
been centered around the use of graphics to tell a person’s story of identity
and belonging. Everything in your graphic essay should work towards proving
your thesis that addresses the impact of using only graphics to deliver a
complex character’s story about identity and belonging. Things you could
consider include how this mode of delivery impacts the reader – both positive
and negative, how the artistry of graphic novels propels the story and adds
depth/richness or how the lack of words stifles understanding for the reader –
essentially you have freedom in how to approach your thesis based on your
experience pairing that with The Arrival + Understanding Comics +
“On Belonging.”
Requirements:
1. Your
graphic essay includes an effective thesis or driving statement that shows the
impact of using a graphic novel to deliver a complex character driven
narrative. Your thesis statement MUST appear on your page. You should provide evidence
from our readings that supports your thesis or driving statement (at
least 2 MUST be from The Arrival and at least 1 must be from Understanding
Comics).
2. Your
graphic essay MUST use a unifying symbol or symbols.
Symbols arise naturally from literature and connect to the themes identified as
part of your overall thesis/driving statement. You must have at least 1
symbol + thoroughly written explanation on your work.
3. Your
graphic essay MUST include references to specific images/scenes from the book
that support your thesis statement. You need to have at least 2
images/scenes. These should be different from the symbol(s) you choose
to use.
4. Your
graphic essay MUST use color in a rational way – for example red = anger. color
can be used symbolically and/or as an organizational device.
Use of color must be neat and should not overwhelm your work. How you are using
color should be clear to any reader/viewer of your work.
5. You
MUST have written analytical commentary for each image that you
chose to put on your graphic essay.
6. Your
graphic essay needs to be legible, thoroughly checked for grammar and spelling,
and thorough in content.
Timeline and Considerations:
·
Receive assignment: 5/10 Tuesday
·
Assignment due: 5/17 Tuesday (absolute
last day 5/18 Wednesday with an 11% grade deduction)
·
Worktime: You will have time in class on 5/12,
5/13, and 5/16. Otherwise, you may have to spend some time at
home working on this.
·
You can either do this work on paper or
digitally.
o
Acceptable digital programs are PowerPoint,
Canva, Microsoft Publisher. I MUST be able to open the file. If you turn-in a
file and I cannot open it – you will not get credit for the work. SO DOUBLE
CHECK BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. Do not submit a link to your work – download the file
and attach it to the assignment on Teams. If you submit a link, I will not
grade your assignment.
o
Work on paper: Mrs. Tolbert has paper and other
supplies you are welcome to use during in class workdays. Be aware that you may
need to work at home and need to plan to have the necessary supplies there to
complete your work on time. You may also
come in and work at lunch as needed.
o
Whether your work in digital or on paper the
maximum size allowed is 8 ½ x 11” – a standard sheet of paper.
How to get started:
·
Brainstorm!
o Figure
out your thesis/driving statement first.
o Consider
which symbol(s) you are going to highlight.
o Decide
how best to use color.
o Start
figuring out how you will explain your chosen symbols, scenes, thesis etc.
Write this out before hand and spell and grammar check it. This is not a
traditional essay, but your writing must be formal and follow standard formal
writing practices. Create a draft, edit, and revise.
·
You will lose points if your work is not
carefully checked for errors in grammar and spelling.
o Work
MUST be turned in by Wednesday 5/18. You can turn work in on Thursday
5/19, but you will lose 11% due to your work being late. There is no
excuse for late work at this point in the school year, especially being given a
full week to complete this work.

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