English 3U Summative Project: Photo Essay Presentation
Catcher in the Rye
Mr. MacDonald
Purpose: To enable you to demonstrate what you have learned about the work you have studied independently in a manner that focuses on understanding connections, producing a media text (in this case, a photo essay), and communicating your ideas orally.

Task: Your task is to create a photo essay that combines 8-10 important quotations or phrases which relate to your topic. These must be accompanied with the same number of images, incorporating music that connects to both the words and the images.

You may use Movie Maker, Power Point or any other software that works for you. However, it is highly recommended that you download and use Microsoft Photostory, as this software has been designed specifically for the purpose of combining images, text and music in an evocative manner. It is both simple to use and highly effective, and it can be downloaded for free from the following link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx

Once you have created your photo essay, you must prepare speaking notes that enable you to explain in detail, each slide with reference to the research and analysis you have done on your topic as well as any relevant and (factual or abstract) ideas which you wish to convey.

a) how each image relates to the words and how both serve to enhance the understanding of your topic
b) why the quotation or phrase is important within the context of your work
c) why you chose or created the particular piece of music used in your photo essay in terms of its connection to your work studied and the images and quotations of your photo essay.

Both the photo essay you create and the oral presentation of its elements should open the door for an engaging discussion with the class about the work you have studied. The presentation is an opportunity to demonstrate your deep understanding of your topic, your sophisticated thinking about the essential information about your topic, and your ability to use both a media text and your own voice to communicate your ideas.

When selecting your quotations and images, try to stay away from the obvious, as simple images and connections will not allow you to achieve a high level of insight. For example, if your topic is Bob Dylan, a picture of Bob Dylan playing the guitar is obvious. A picture of Dylan playing at a “Protest March” is perhaps a bit more thought provoking. Put a marijuana leaf with a legalization document beside it all, and your point has more impact.

* To introduce your photo essay, you will give a brief introduction to topic and the parameters of your topic (ie. what time period, which locations, which individuals, analysis of impact on society, the questions or factors you will address etc.

To conclude your presentation you must relate how your understanding of your selected topic developed as you worked on the summative. In essence, what did you learn through this project? Also, suggest some of the parallels which surface between your topic and Catcher in the Rye. Your topic may or may not be very different from any of the issues explored in this novel; however, you should at least be able to comment on the impact, intensity, or complexity of your individual, movement, or event and how it is relevant or contributes to the understanding of the novel.

Questions and Discussion: This is an important component of your presentation. You should confidently inspire discussion and answer question knowledgeably.

Project Steps and Timelines:

Step One: Selection of 8-10 key quotations or phrases and development of your explanation about why they are important.

Step Two: Selection of images related to your quotation and words that demonstrate sophisticated thinking about your topic.

Step Three: Development of your photo essay linking your quotations and words with your images including the incorporation of music.

Step Four: Writing your speaking notes and rehearsing your presentation.

Step Five: Presenting your photo essay to the class.

Your presentation must be at least ten minutes in duration (including the essay) . It will be evaluated according to the attached achievement checklist.

3U Summative Photo Essay Presentation Achievement Checklist

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, Thoroughly
Does the photo essay presentation demonstrate:

In-depth knowledge of the topic studied?

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, Thoroughly
Understanding topic studied as they relate to the selected images and music of the photo essay?

K/U /10

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Planning and organization of the presentation with a focus on highly meaningful quotations and phrases?

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Interpretation of quotations and words and their connection with the images and music selected?

Critical thinking used to develop
No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
photo essay content suitable for a sophisticated media text?

T/I /10

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Clear expression and organization of ideas within the presentation?

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Engaging and meaningful discussion of ideas raised by the photo essay?

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Quality of photo essay presentation in terms of media conventions and oral presentation elements (intonation, inflection, projection,
composure)?

C /10

No, Further Work Required
Limited Evidence
Some Evidence
Yes
Yes, To a High Degree
Application of topic knowledge, media production skills, selection of text and image and oral communication strategies resulting in an engaging and informative
presentation? Able to inspire class discussion and answer questions confidently.

A /10


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