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Learn about common elements in quest literature. Create a scrapbook, either digitally or in print.
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Quest Scrapbook Project Assignment

The Quest Scrapbook Project

In this unit, students will learn about the common elements in Quest literature. Students will have read and viewed a variety of texts. The major assessment for the unit is the Quest Scrapbook Project. The project can either be made digitally via BoardBuilder or with scrapbook materials. This will count for two major grades—a project grade and a presentation grade. The project and presentation will be due Thursday, April 6, 2017. c

Using the information they have gathered, students will create a fictional person in a modern quest and assume that person’s identity in creating the scrapbook.

They can choose one of the following quests:

1.                   Quest for a better life (examples: wealth, immigration)

2.                   Quest for the unknown (examples: space, cryptids, paranormal)

3.                   Quest for a cure (examples: cancer, vaccines)

4.                   Quest for civilization (examples: early explorers, archaeology)

Step 1: Research

  • You will conduct research that will that will draw on at least five sources. (Standard W 7.7)
  • You will gather relevant information from multiple sources, using search terms effectively; and paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism. In other words, you are required to have in-text citations. You are also required to use MLA format to cite your sources. You must have at least five sources (at least one book, at least one website) and a works cited page. (Standard W 7.8)
  • You will use note cards to help you gather your research.
  • Research should focus on and help you to be able to write about the following:
    • Reasons why you went on this quest
    • History behind the quest
    • Description of the quest
    • Effects of the quest on our society

Step 2: The Scrapbook (Major Grade Part 1)

  • Each scrapbook should include the following:
    • Each scrapbook should contain at least ten pages.
    • Each scrapbook must have the following required writings and in this order:
      • A description of why you went on this quest—This will be one piece of informational writing (Standard W7.2). It should be only one paragraph. With this writing, use your research to describe why you decided to go on this quest. For example, if you were an immigrant, why did you decide to leave your home country and immigrate to somewhere else? If you chose a quest for a cure, what is it that you are trying to cure and why? This paragraph should have an in-text citation.
      • History/Background information of this quest—This will be one piece of informational writing (Standard W 7.2). It should be at least two paragraphs. With this writing, use your research to describe what others have done before you. For example, if you are pretending to be an explorer, who are some historical explorers and what did they do for exploration? If you are researching about the paranormal, what is the history behind some ghost stories? Why do people search for the paranormal? This writing should have at least one in-text citation.
      • A description of the actual quest— This is your opportunity to create stories about your quest, but it needs to be based on your research. There should be at least three pieces of writing on what happened on your personal quest. The writings can be letters or journal entries. Each piece should be at least one paragraph.  (Standard W7.3) So for example, based on your research, how would you describe your journey of immigration to a new country? How would you describe what it was like to hunt for the Loch Ness monster? Be creative and imaginative, but again, make sure it’s based on your research.
      • Effects of the quest on our society—For this section, you will need two pieces of writing, either newspaper articles or editorials. This is where you would need to ask yourself, how would others view my quest? For example, if you discovered a vaccine for a serious disease, how would a newspaper report on it? If you discovered a new planet with life on it, how would people react? For the newspaper article or editorial, make sure it has a title and at least one paragraph. A newspaper article is more formal and objective/neutral in tone. An editorial has an opinionated tone. There should be an in-text citation for each piece of writing.
      • Three pieces of writing of your choice--Suggested types of writing are letters, diary/journal entries, newspaper articles/editorials, narratives, descriptions, and artifacts such as maps, charts, graphs, etc. (Standard W7.3) Make sure any pieces of writing in this section are at least one paragraph.
    • There should be at least one picture or illustration on each page. Pictures may be downloaded from the Internet or drawn by hand.
    • Each picture/illustration should have a caption of 1-2 sentences.
    • The scrapbook should have a cover that is appropriate for the quest.
    • The scrapbook’s last page should be a works cited page.
    • If you make a scrapbook, the scrapbook should be no smaller than 8 ½ by 11.
    • It is not necessary for students to purchase commercial scrapbooks or materials.
    • If you choose to create a digital scrapbook, we will use the Chromeboooks.

Step 3: The Presentation (Major Grade Part 2)

§  You will present your scrapbook in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details and examples. You will show a full understanding of the topic and that you are prepared to present. (Standard SL 7.4).

§  You will use appropriate eye contact, posture, enthusiasm, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation. (Standard SL 7.4)

§  You will use the scrapbook to clarify and emphasize salient points and show that it is connected to your research. (Standard SL 7.5)


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Quest Literature

Quest: In mythology and literature a quest—a journey towards a goal—serves as a plot device. Quests appear in the folklore of every nation and also figure prominently in non-national cultures. This is because the essence of quest lies within human consciousness: the journey outside and inside to attain greater good, or, spiritually speaking, enlightenment. In literature, quests require great exertion on the part of the hero and the overcoming of many obstacles—for example travel over a body of water, symbolic of travel in consciousness; descent into the underworld, symbolic of familiarization with death (transcendence); helping animals and humans in need to demonstrate kindness of heart and compassion; atoning with father and mother figures to clear the tensions of the past; fulfilling impossible tasks to demonstrate great resilience; answering complicated questions and solving riddles to demonstrate superior intellect; performing trying tasks to demonstrate superior virtue; slaying monsters or dragons to demonstrate valor, etc. Once the hero or heroine overcomes all obstacles, he or she receives a “boon” or reward to bring back to his or her society. The quest motif is present in all of literature and serves as a framework for plot in many graphic narratives.


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