This page will help you complete the Reflective Journal and Final Presentation for thisConnected Texts unit.
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Directions for topics and Journal entries.

Keep a journal of your reading /viewing making entries at various stages. These entries need to be dated and indicate what stage of the text you are writing about.
This in not a collection of chapter summaries. You need to comment on what you think of the characters, the events and suggest what you think may happen, or what it reminds you about in your world. Comment on anything that stands out, like the language certain characters use or descriptions we are given. At all times you are making a personal response. What do you like or dislike ? How would you feel in the same situation?
The journal is a working document that uses writing as a means of interpreting texts and exploring ideas. You do not need to do a neat copy of this journal. In fact, you can use a word processor to make your entries (PREFERRED METHOD). Otherwise, use a small exercise book or staple together some pages.
After you have completed the texts, you need an entry in which you link the ideas and characters from both texts together. Make comparisons – what’s similar and what’s different.

Your journal has no word limit and can be a free ranging reflection on both Night and the film text you choose and how they could be connected. The journal entries are FORMATIVE and do not contribute to your final Connected Text assessment.

Your final presentation will take all of the information and ideas from your journal entries and combine them into a coherent report (1000 words). The report can be written and/or multimedia and can also be presented to the class if you desire.
Use the headings below as the basis for your report.

AT ALL STAGES YOU CAN PRESENT YOUR FINDINGS IN WRITTEN OR MULTIMEDIA FORM (EG POWERPOINT, WEBPAGE - INCLUDING A PAGE OF YOUR OWN ON THIS WIKISPACE)


HEADINGS FOR FINAL REPORTWord length - approx 1000 words.
Minimum 10 slides (with accompanying notes to equivalent of 1000 words)


Personal understanding or reaction

Why have the texts you have chosen become popular with the reading/viewing public? Discuss the importance of their social messages.

Themes

What are the main themes conveyed in the texts you have chosen?
Do you think they are relevant to today’s adolescent?

Style

Imagination is the fingerprint of an author’s style. Discuss this quote in relation to the texts and authors you have studied.

Character development

Characters actions and decisions are often based on their strengths and weaknesses. Discuss the important consequences of your main characters’ decisions in relation to this statement.

Settings

Geographical and social contexts have a great impact on characters’ decisions. Discuss this statement in relation to your chosen texts.
Similarities and Differences
What were the main similarities and differences between your two texts. Include plenty of specific examples here.
What I Learnt
Outline what you learnt from doing this task.



Assessment Criteria and Performance Standards
Knowledge and Understanding 1; Analysis 1,2; Application 2,3; Communication 1,2.assessment.gif

Specifically
  • knowledge and understanding of each text
  • awareness of the techniques used by the authors
  • awareness of the contexts of the authors and how this affects your response
  • clarity in making connections between texts
  • accuracy and fluency of expression in an appropriate form
  • adequate length for each part of the assignment