English 11 Lesson 20 Experimenting with Genres

Lesson Objectives:


  • Students will expand vocabulary through reading literary works and applying word etymologies to determine meaning.
  • Students will increase the amount of independent reading with emphasis on classic American, British, and World Literature.
  • Students will analyze literary styles according to genre and theme.
  • Students will apply their understanding of genre and theme to an original composition that expresses the theme of a written work in a genre that is different from the original work.

For this lesson, we are going to tap into your knowledge of genres. In Lesson 18, you analyzed an author who had written works in at least two different types of genres. In this lesson, you will read a work written in one format and, retaining theme and author's intent, rewrite it in a different genre. For example, you might choose to rewrite "The Pit and the Pendulum" (a short story) as a poem, or "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" (a poem) as a descriptive essay.

 

Assignment:
Do not submit text that you have copied from sources, including websites. All of your work should be in your own words. Using copied text would be considered plagiarism. For more information, review our page on Plagiarism and Citation

This assignment is broken into steps. Submit each step in order, and wait for approval before submitting the next step.

Step 1: Select a written work that you wish to read for this lesson. Submit the title, author, and genre of the work for approval. Don't forget to include information about your source!

Step 2: Answer the following questions in complete sentences:

Step 3: State into what genre you plan to rewrite this author's work, and why.

Step 4: Once you have answered all of the above questions and gotten approval for each step, submit your genre rewrite.

 

 

Grading for this lesson:

  • To get a 10: Edits should show improvement in the piece.You can have no grammatical or structural errors, within the first revision. Paragraphs must be clear and focused; all lesson requirements have been met.
  • To get a 9: Edits should show improvement in the piece. You can have 2 or fewer minor grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, etc.) or you can have 1 structural error (run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.). Paragraphs must be clear and focused; all lesson requirements have been met. 
  • To get an 8: Edits should show improvement in the piece.You can have 3 or fewer minor grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, etc.) or you can have 2 structural error (run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.). Paragraphs must be clear and focused; all lesson requirements have been met.
  • To get a 7: Not many edits/revisions were made. You can have 4 minor grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, etc.) or you can have 2 structural errors (run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc.).Paragraphs must be clear and focused; all lesson requirements have been met.
  • To get a 6: Not many edits/revisions were made, revisions not identified, and strategies not mentioned.You can have 5 minor grammatical errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, wrong word, etc.) or you can have 3 structural errors (run-on sentences, sentence fragments, etc). Paragraphs or sentences lack clarity and focus; lesson requirements have not been met or missed. 
  • To get a 5: Hardly any edits/revisions were made, revisions not identified, and strategies not mentioned. Lack of effort, disrespect, or attitude (we are here to communicate with you if you don't understand something); or 6 or more errors of any kind. Paragraphs or sentences lack clarity and focus; lesson requirements have not been met. 

Also be aware that you will have a chance to revise your work. More than 2 revisions will result in a lower grade. So read the directions carefully and make sure you meet the requirements.

 

 


 

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