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English 12/LIT 115
English 10 Honors: American Literature » 1st Semester Final: The Literature Project

The Literature Project 1st Semester Final: The Literature Project
The culminating project revealing what you have learned during the first semester

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The First Semester Final: The Literature Project


Rationale:  The purpose of this project is to assess your ability to read, summarize, analyze, and connect pieces of literature as well as assess your writing skills.  This is the culminating event of the semester, so it should reveal what you have learned.


The Assignment:  You will choose a novel (a piece of nonfiction or drama may also be acceptable) by an American author as the focus of your project. You must not be reading or have read the book for another class. Choose your novel carefully because you improve your chances for a successful project if you enjoy the book. You must submit your choice to me for approval.  The final product will consist of four parts:


  • A reading log revealing your engagement with the literature
  • A book review written in a summary/response format
  • An analysis focusing primarily on the development of one striking element in the novel: symbolism, characterization, figurative language, or theme, and how that element contributes to the development of the novel’s overall meaning
  • A connection – a one page analytical paper connecting your novel to another piece of literature we have read this semester by focusing on one of the elements listed above.

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