Advanced Placement Students
My students and I have identified, analyzed, discussed and written how Joseph Conrad has depicted a clear image of the community his characters encounter in Congo and how this same community has impacted Marlow, the narrator and main character, through various literary devices. My students have also completed their own research on a contemporary community of their choice. As final assessment, I expect them to prepare a creative project portraying the community they have studied. They can choose the genre: a short story, a sonnet, a satirical piece, a one-act play or comedy, or a novella based on one of the unit themes. The specific prompt is in the Lesson Plans Section.
This group of students, too, will complete the unit with a creative project. They will focus their work on the community they researched and they can choose to write: a speech (this will satisfy our present curriculum but it will also respond to the new standards) or a creative piece – a poem, a lyric, or a brief short story, and/or short film for the struggling students (those students who have any kind of special need as indicated by Strassman in the article, "Differentiated Instruction in the English Classroom").
The specific prompt is in the Lesson Plans Section.