The English Contract Project

Developed by

Mr. Glen E. Dawursk, Jr.

 

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Copyright 1986,  2005 by Glen E. Dawursk Jr. -- Version 2.0 -- Updated 2/4/04 and 10/2/04 -- Originally written March 10, 1986.

 

Form Index:

 

 

Rubrics and Wisconsin State Standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Project Information Sheet (Form A)

English Contract Project -- Mr. Dawursk

 

 

What is the Media Project?

 

The media project is a very important part of this English department course.  It serves not only as a learning experience, but also as a means for the student to study an area he/she is interested in.  The teacher will assist the student in any preparation or study; however, the ownership for completion of the project is solely the responsibility of the student.  The project must be “English” or “media” related and use an accepted medium for the presentation. The project results and grades are based upon a project contract between the teacher and student.  The instructor will make a detailed suggestion sheet for projects available to students during the contract process.  However, a student is free to suggest a project that is not on the list.

 

 

 

What is the Contract Process?

 

About a month and a half to two months before the project is due, the teacher will explain the contract process in class.  A due date for the first draft contracts (Form B) will be assigned, usually a week later.  Once the teacher has reviewed the contract proposals, he will then discuss any changes with the individual students.  A second draft of the contract including any changes will be due the following day.  If this draft is approved, it will be signed by the teacher and student and become the final contract for the project.  However, if not approved, the draft process will continue until an agreement is reached.

 

What is the Journal?

 

Once the student has an approved contract, he/she may proceed with their project at their own pace.  A journal (Form C) is to be kept for any time spent in the preparation and completion of the project.  A parent or guardian of the student or another teacher must initial all entries into the journal.  The total minimum amount of hours required in preparation, study and organization of the project should be no less than 15 to 20 hours.   The predominate time used for the preparation and completion of the project will be at home; however, at least three days will be used in class for project work after the contract is approved.

 

What is the Presentation?

 

Each student will present a five-minute minimum presentation to the class as part of the project grade.  The presentation will be a brief display of either the project or paper involved.  The presentation should be well prepared – but not read from a research paper.  Background into how the project was researched, as well as a concise presentation of the content of your paper should be adequate.  It is essential that all students be prepared the first day projects are due.  Projects will be presented randomly in class as decided by the instructor.  Late projects are penalized 10 points for each day late.  Projects are for the benefit of the whole class; therefore, projects presented outside of class are considered late except in the case of an unexcused absence.

 

What is the Reaction Paper?

 

A final part of the project is a reaction paper (Form G). This paper is written feedback to the teacher on your feelings about the project.  The content of the paper will have no effect upon your grade if done responsibly and honestly.  The purpose is to help the project become better in the future.  The reaction paper may use the form supplied or may be typed on a separate sheet.  If it is NOT done on the form, then the reaction paper must be at least 2-3 paragraphs long and address each of the questions discussed on the form.  This format must be typewritten.  Students who are unable to type the work should notify the instructor at least one week prior to the due date for special instructions. 

 


How will it be Graded?

 

Grading for the project is based solely upon the contract.  Two grades are given.  The first evaluates effort in completion of the project.  The second evaluates how it was completed and the project itself.

 

What isThe End Product?”

 

All contracts require a “READ” section, a “WRITE” section and a “DO” section in addition to the completed and signed log, reaction paper, and the minimum 5 minute class presentation.

 

The READ section should be a book or books totaling at least 100 pages.  The books must be directly related to your project subject.  A contract book report (Form F) must be completed for each book read.  You may either use the exact form or type the required information on your paper.

 

The WRITE section usually requires a 1-2 page report on an area directly related to your project.  The report should be double-spaced typed with one inch margins using no larger than a 12-size Arial or Times New Roman font.  The contract report form (Form H) should be completed and stapled as the cover sheet for your project report.

 

The DO section must be something audio, visual or media based which was created by the student.  The DO must be presented to the class during the 5-10 minute minimum class presentation.  The READ and WRITE sections should directly prepare the student for the DO section.

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Project Check List:

 

 

¨                          Contract (Form B) first draft Due: ___ / ___ / ___

¨                          Final draft of contract (Form B) approved

¨                          READ books

¨                          WRITE the book reports (use Form F)

¨                          DO the audio/ visual / technology project

¨                          WRITE the 1-2 page project report on the subject contracted (use Form H)

¨                          WRITE the reaction paper for the project (use Form G)

¨                          Prepare your minimum 5-10 minute class presentation

¨                          Complete the journal log with initials (use Form C)

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English Project Contract (Form B)

 

Student’s Name: _____________________________  Period _____    Date: ___/___/___

 

A.     Application: (How does this project apply to the areas of English grammar, communication, journalism, drama and/or literature.  Defend your rational.)






B.    Hourly Outline: (How will you hypothetically spend your time?  Give a specific description of how you will spend it.  ALSO, give an estimated amount of time you will spend doing each proposed description.)
                             

Description of Activity

Time Spent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.    End Product:  (What will you hand in for evaluation?  How will it look?  How many pages, slides, minutes, etc.? Your grade depends mainly on the completion of this section.  Be as specific as possible.)      

On ______________________ I will present for evaluation:

·        A complete and signed journal; a one page typed reaction paper;
a 5-10 minute class presentation; -- AND --

·        I will READ:

 

 

·        I will WRITE: a complete book report for each book above that I read; -- AND –

 

·        I will DO:

 

 

 

 

 

I agree to all the terms outlined in this “English Project Contract.”  I will do sections “A” through “C” using standardized English grammar and proper speech delivery to the best of my ability for a grade of ______.   If I fail to do any of the above as I have stated within reasonable hypothesis, then the teacher may give me whatever grade he feels I justly have earned.

 

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         Student’s Signature                                      Date                              Mr. Dawursk’s Signature                         Date

 


 

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English Contract Suggestions (Form C)

“135+ Project Ideas”

Mr. Dawursk

 

IMPORTANT:

 

Please note, these are JUST suggestions and they all need to be “tweaked” to fulfill the contract requirements for a specific grade.  Consider these ideas to be a “springboard” into developing your own unique contract proposal.  You may also want to read ideas under different categories as they may offer you an idea that can be modified to fit your course. However, BEFORE you begin working on your project be sure and get contract approval first.   –Mr. D J

 

A.    LITERATURE AND GENERAL ENGLISH

 

1)           Make a book of poems with pictures. Present some poems in class.

2)           Make a “grammar game.”

3)           Do a slide presentation and report about Williams Shakespeare.

4)           Make clothes (for doll) used during a famous piece of literature.

5)           Make a movie about using grammar life.

6)           Write a humorous play about the beginning of grammar.

7)           Make commercials for different periods in literature.

8)           Game using English usage.

9)           Make a game out of sentence diagramming.

10)       Do a slide presentation on sign language as communication.

11)       Write and produce newscast from several periods.

12)       Compare the English departments of two area schools. Use detail.

13)       Draw a book of literature or grammar cartoon strips.

14)       Illustrate poetry.

15)       Make a game on a book you read.

16)       Make and illustrate a long story on nouns and verbs for children.

17)       Make a slide presentation on history of communication.

18)       Make a slide presentation on your family history. Report on the periods.

19)       Write several songs for children on the parts of speech or on several literature characters.

20)       Make up your own language.

21)       Write 15 or 16th century love song. Dedicate it to a character.

22)       Write and illustrate a children‘s book.

23)       Write a composition using a slide presentation to illustrate it.

24)       Make a slide presentation illustrating the mood or theme of a poem or prose

25)       Make a slide or more show demonstrating plot diagramming.

26)       Illustrate a currently non-illustrated classic story.

27)       Teach a class on a literature period.

28)       Make a 4-5 part journalistic series, which would be published in the school paper.

29)       Demonstrate oral communication (slide, movies, poster, etc…)

30)       Give the history of drama.

31)       Make a slide presentation or movie on how a newspaper is made.

32)       Make overheads showing journalistic techniques.

33)       Make overheads showing how to write creatively.

34)       Demonstrate comedy through the ages (in Literature)

35)       Show different hairstyles during literature periods.

36)       Show dance or cooking through the various literature periods.

37)       Make vocabulary or spelling games.

38)       Make vocabulary or spelling picture cards, etc.

39)       Demonstrate techniques in proper speech delivery.

40)       Demonstrate how a telephone works. How is language transferred?

41)       Make a cartoon (comic book) based on literature classic.

42)       Make a “literature mural”.

43)       Interview DJ’s on the importance of good English, and organized thoughts (talk to me sessions).

44)       Give a comedy routine using jokes and puns from literature (dress as a jester).

45)       A film or slide presentation on “non-verbal communication”.

46)       A working model of the communication process using film, slide, or a computer program (graphic).

47)       An animated movie on a literature story or grammar concept.

48)       A school or town survey on an aspect of English or communication.

49)       A presentation on how to give a speech.

50)       A presentation on how to listen better.

51)       A presentation on how to better communicate with parent, relatives and peers.

52)       A presentation on how we biologically can speak.

53)       A presentation on Christianity in Literature.

54)       Make a slide presentation teaching plot diagramming.

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B.   COMMUNICATION ARTS or THEATRE COURSES

 

55)       A film or slide presentation which uses non –verbal communication.

56)       A radio play taped with vocal variety and sound effects.

57)       A comedy routine.

58)       A “working model” of the communication process (Film, slides, mechanical or computer.

59)       A speech using audio – visual equipment;  types of speeches:

·        Vivid impression speech

·        One – point speech

·        Information speech

·        Stimulating speech

·        A scale speech

·        A demonstration speech

60)       An animated film showing the communication process or history of communication.

61)       A presentation on intra – personal or inter –personal communication.

62)       A school or town survey on an aspect of communication.

63)       A presentation on how to improve a speech presentation.

64)        A presentation on things to do and not to do when giving a speech.

65)       A presentation on the different models of communication.

66)       A slide, tape, film or computer presentation showing the levels of self-disclosure.

67)       A presentation on how to listen better.

68)       A visual critique of a national speech.

69)       A presentation on how to communicate more effectively with parents, brother, sister, teacher, and peers.

70)       A job interview presentation.

71)       A presentation on how to improve vocal variety.

72)       A presentation showing how we biologically create speech.

73)       Create an advertising campaign.

74)       A debate on a controversial topic.

75)       A presentation on “debates” or “parliamentary procedure”.

76)       A paper and presentation on audience analysis and feedback.

77)       A presentation on feedback and stage fright.

78)       A presentation on the need for proper speech in radio.

79)       Make a report and make the site of a famous area (e.g. Globe Theatre)

80)       Do an elaborate pantomime.

81)       Make a mystery radio play.

82)       Do a 17 or 18th century TV game show. (Play script)

83)       Make a video play on Shakespeare, or other famous authors.

84)       Build a scale Roman Arena.

85)       Dramatization of classical poetry.

86)       Write a play teaching people why the study of English is important.

87)       Design and make costumes for a classic novel or play.

88)       Give the history of drama.

89)       Re - write a story into a play or radio script.

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C.   MEDIA  COURSES

 

90)       Interview 5-10 area radio and TV newscasters on the field of broadcast communications. How important is standardized English? Tape the interview and present it in class.

91)       Make a commercial on Campbell’s soup.

92)       A film or slide presentation which uses non- verbal communication.

93)       A radio play – written, produce and presented using vocal variety and sound effects.

94)       A “working model” of the communication process.

95)       A film or slide presentation demonstration the communication process or history of communication. Possibly use animation. Maybe a computer program.

96)       A slide presentation on inter-or intro- personal communication.

97)       Write, illustrate, and construct a children book on an aspect of mass communication, or other communication skill (listening, talking, etc.)

98)       A school or town survey on aspect of mass communication (collectively or individually).

99)       Create a complete advertising campaign for a product or cause. Use all types of media, and several types of claims.

100)  Create a presentation on use of subliminal techniques in advertising, movies, records (album cover) and national propaganda.

101)  Make a “MTV” style “video” for a record of your choice. The record must be one which currently has no video.

102)  Film or videotape on animal communication. Compare with human communication.

103)  A “how to…” book or video teaching children how to talk and communicate more effectively.

104)  A presentation on body language.

105)  A survey of the language we pick up on T.V. is it good or bad?

106)  A film or tape evaluating song lyrics.

107)  A presentation on different artists in the media such as artists for certain magazine. Cite example or their work and show how it is alike.

108)  Write your own song lyrics, notes everything - produce video for it.

109)  Study the process of rumor creation.

110)  Write and produce your own play.

111)  Write your own video game on aspect of communication.

112)  Take slide of the “inside” of a movie theatre. Present how movies are projected, ordered, etc.

113)  Compare foreign and U.S. newspaper in advertising, content, and appearance.

114)  Interview different DJ’s and see how their program are different. Show how radio is transmitted.

115)  Film a tour of a newspaper company.

116)  Make a time line of movies. Use slide, computer, or film.

117)  Present the making of a movie.

118)  Make a communication game for the computer.

119)  Make your own full-layout magazine or newspaper.

120)  Demonstrate how telephone work. Make a working model.

121)  Make a movie about subliminal techniques using subliminal techniques.

122)  Make a slide presentation on the making of music videos.

123)  Visit a record company. Present a report with A.V. in class.

124)  Form your own school paper (unofficially of course).

125)  Make a silent movie with a sound track. The movie should present some important message about life, or about our faith.

126)  Film (video) your own game show.

127)  Make a children’s television show, and have it broadcast on the local cable T.V.

128)  Make an HBO type “short take”.

129)  Video tapes your own newscast.

130)  Visit an advertising agency. Take slide and present in class.

131)  Write a screenplay for a ½ hour television show. Act out 5 minutes in class.

132)  Take a survey of the types and amount of media people are exposed to. Calculate data for presentation in class.

133)  Create a comic book on communication or an area in media.

134)  Make a movie or slide presentation on radio, television, cable system, or telegraph company tour.

135)  Make an advertising campaign with posters, flier, television ads, etc.

136)  Make a movie on the mood or theme of popular songs.

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D.   OTHER MEDIA COURSE POSSIBILITIES

 

The following project numbers can be adapted for a media course project:

·        Under  “General” # 4, 7, 8,1 2, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25,
28, 32,38,39,41,42,43,45,52,54,55,57,58,59,60,63,65,66,67,68

·        Under “Speech”  # 1,5,6,7,8,11,18,19,24

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 Journal Report: “The Contract Log” (Form D)

English Contract Project -- Mr. Dawursk

 

Student Name: _____________________________________ Period _____

 

Date:

Description of Activity

Time Spent

 

Initials

Example: 11/25/03

Read a chapter from my book; took notes

4:10-4:30 PM

20 Minutes

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Due Date:  ___ / ___ / ___  Total Hours Required: 15-20  ---  Total from above: ______

 

 

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CONTRACT EVALUATION   (Form E)

Grade Box:

     

      Part A:     _____         Part B:     _____

      Penalty:   _____         Penalty:   _____

      Grade:     _____         Grade:     _____

 
 


Course: _________________________  Period: ______

 

Student’s Name: _______________________________

 

Part A

 

Type of Project: ______________________________________________________________     Rubrics for Evaluation / State Standards

 

Contracted

Handed-In

Project Components

 

 

·        Poems / Literature Script

 

 

·        Slide / Power Point / Movie  Presentation

 

 

·        Art Work

 

 

·        Craft / Construction

 

 

·        Game

 

 

·        Sound Track (CD/Recording)

 

 

·        VCR/Computer

 

 

·         5-10 Minute Presentation – Start: _____  End: ______

 

 

·        Signed Log (15-20 hours) – Total Hours:_____

 

 

·        Report / Critique / Interpretation

 

 

·        Instructions / Rules / Reaction

 

 

·        Other: _______________________________________

 

 

·        Other: _______________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 TOTALS: _____ (MINUS) _____ (EQUALS)  ______       Grades:  0 = 100% A; 1=89% B; 3= 79% C; 4=69% D

 

 

Part B

 

Did the project accomplish the contract application?

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

Did the student show work? Effort?

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

Was the project done neatly?

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

Was proper grammar / spelling used?

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

Was project done as stated in contract?

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

Other:

1        2         3        4         5

 

 

 

Grades: 30=100%; 29=97%; 28=93%; 27=90%; 26=87%; 25=83%; 24=80%; 
23=77%; 22=73%; 21=70%; 20=67%; 19=63%; 18=60%; 17=57%; 16=53%

 

 

 
     

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English Project Contract Book Report (Form F)

 

Student Name ______________________________ Course: _____________________________________

Book Title: ______________________________________________________________________________

Author: _____________________________________________ Copyright Date: ______________________

Publisher: ______________________________________________________________________________

City/ State Published: ____________________________________ Number of pages: _________________

How did this book relate to your English project? _______________________________________________

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Summarize the entire book.  Be complete, but concise. __________________________________________

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State one important fact or concept you learned from this book which helped you in preparing the rest of your project.

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What is your reaction to this book?  Did you enjoy it?  Why or why not?  Was it worth your time Did it help you with your project?  Explain.

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You may use another sheet if you need additional room
OR simply type the entire contents of this report onto another document instead.

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English Project Contract Reaction Paper (Form G)

 

Student Name ______________________________ Course: _____________________________________

Please answer each of the following questions
completely on this form or on your own typed document.

 

PART 1: Your Feelings

 

Did you enjoy the subject you chose?  Why or why not? ____________________________________

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Do you feel you have learned something from your project?  If so, what have you learned? 
If you feel you learned nothing, why not?  Explain your answer.________________________________

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What weaknesses do you feel the contract project had? ____________________________________

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What strengths did the contract project have? ___________________________________________

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How could the contract project be improved? ____________________________________________

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Did the teacher prepare you about the project adequately? _________________________________

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What could the teacher have done to help you more? ______________________________________

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PART 2: What grades do you deserve?

Please write a paragraph or two on how you would “rank” or evaluate your project and why? What grade do you feel you deserve for the EFFORT evaluation? What grade do you feel you deserve for the CONTENT AND END PROJECT evaluation?  Remember to give your reasons; defend your grade.  You could change the teacher’s mind.

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English Project

Contract Report Cover Sheet (Form H)

Mr. Dawursk

 

 

Student’s Name __________________________ Course: ____________________  Period: _____

 

Directions:    The book report is to be written on your OWN sheet of paper with this form as the
TOP (COVER) SHEET. It will act as your title page and bibliography.

Remember: ALL PAPER MUST be either type-written or printed on a form. If printed, only blue or black inks are acceptable. NO PENCIL!

 

                        Fill out the rest of this form and staple this to the top of your REPORT (S). You may use more than one form if you have more than two books.

 

TYPE THIS FORM OR PRINT VERY NEATLY

                       

Title of paper: _______________________________________________________________

 

Subject Discussed:___________________________________________________________

 

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1.      Give the name of all sources used below.

2.      Write them in proper bibliography form (according to the MLA style sheet or www.mrdclassroom.com).

 

Example:

 

Smith, Frederick. How to Prepare, Study and Write an English Project Book Report.
Chicago: Dawursk Book Company, 1984.

 

Book #1:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book#2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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