Purpose of Words, Words, Words

Each student has adopted a “big concept” word for 10 weeks.

This word will be the focus of a 10 week project where students will use the blog for Advanced Placement English Literature and Early College Experience at the University of Connecticut with blog technologies in order to complete four different tasks:

1. Define the word/concept by providing a series of contexts (texts, world):

  • explain the word’s Etymology
  • trace the word’s use in literature (examples)
  • demonstrate the word’s common usage

2. Compare and Contrast uses of the word/concept  (synonyms, antonyms, homonyms)

3.  Incorporate the use of the word/concept in written response of your choosing (short short story, editorial, poem, essay, skit)

4. Incorporate the use of the word/concept in a visual response (video, powerpoint, photo essay**)

Students may complete each task in one entry OR students may revisit the task in another blog posting using a different lens or adding additional information.

Rubric Blog Postings for Word Project

An exemplary (presentation)showcase will

  • demonstrate consistent awareness of audience and task, and apt choice of forms
  • show range and variety in reading, writing, and overall inquiry of concept

An exemplary (visual, written) showcase demonstrates an ability to

  • handle varied writing tasks successfully
  • use language creatively and effectively
  • communicate successfully using non-linguistic representations
  • show awareness of audience and purpose
  • create a strong voice
    • communicate insightful ideas clearly
    • select, create, incorporate detail
    • generate original ideas
    • construct artful sentences
    • select evocative and precise words
    • use mechanics to further meaning, no significant errors
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