The Stranger Final Project Due Date



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The Stranger Final Project

Due Date: 13 December 2013
Directions: Choose one of the options below to complete as a project grade for Cycle 2 in response to reading Albert Camus’ The Stranger. Your grade will be based on the rubric below. This assignment must be typed in 10 or 12 point Times New Roman Font and double spaced with 1 inch margins and have an MLA formatted heading in the upper left corner. Lastly, do your own work. Plagiarism will result in an automatic F for the project. All writing and ideas should be your own, or, if borrowed, then properly cited.

Option 1: Argumentative Essay. In a well-developed essay, of a minimum of two pages, argue whether or not Meursault can be considered an existential character. In your essay be sure to:

  • Define the characteristics of an existential individual

  • Take a position indicating whether or not Meursault embodies an existential individual

  • Support your position with relevant evidence from the text

  • Examine the counterargument and explain why it is less convincing than your position.

  • Adhere to the conventions of standard written English


Option 2: Meeting Meursault in Real Life. Think of a person from contemporary life who reminds you of Meursault. Research the characteristics and background of this person’s life and write a 2-5 page compare and contrast essay discussing the similarities and differences between the contemporary person and Meursault. Refer to specific examples of both their actions, thoughts, and values in your essay. In your essay be sure to:

  • Identify the contemporary counterpart to Meursault

  • Compare the similarities between Meursault and today’s counterpart

  • Contrast the differences between Meursault and today’s counterpart

  • Examine the counterargument and explain why it is less convincing that your position.

  • Adhere to the conventions of standard written English


Option 3: Meursault in Action! Pretend that you are directing a 2013 version of The Stranger for the stage, television or movies. Write a two- five page description of what you would do to stage the play and create the characters. For example, Macbeth has been staged as a gangster play of the 1930s, or a motorcycle drama in black leather, or a film noir. Identify how the set would look, which actors you would cast in the main roles and why, and which themes you would emphasize. You must pair a rationale for each directorial decision, explaining how your interpretation of the set and characters effectively conveys the original text. Then, create a playbill cover that would illustrate and emphasize these themes and choices.
Option 4: Yo, Meursault, wat up! Choose any chapter and create a modern version of this scene. You may be creative with the language and/or dialect; you could use a southern or northern dialect – or perhaps a valley girl, or urban teens. However, your modern scene creation must remain true to the themes and ideas within the text. For example, Meursault and Marie may not go to a public pool, they may go to the beach, or Meursault my not shoot the Arab on the beach but rather on the streets of Brooklyn, but Raymond can not be portrayed as Meursault’s best friend who is married and has two children who he loves dearly. Your scene must be video recorded, actors/actresses must be in costume and appropriate music must accompany each scene. A two- three page typed, well thought out rationale, with strong and thorough evidence supporting the dialect you chose, setting of the scene, costumes each wore, and music you selected, should accompany the video. Video should be submitted on a CD or uploaded directly to the Internet with a clickable link that I can access.
Option 5: Psychoanalysis of Meursault. Pretend that you are a psychoanalyst, a doctor who helps a patient find his or her own cure by talking through problems. Write a dialogue between Meursault and yourself (as the doctor). The dialogue must 1-2 pages and should use the medical language of the theory (you may use Freud’s psychoanalytic theory: id, ego and superego, or you may research Carl Jung and use his theory). Include questions you would ask to help him find out what is troubling him, and him responses. Finally, write up you analysis (2-3 pages) using the language of the psychoanalytic theory to analyze his behaviors. Note: Your session(s) take place after the murder of the Arab has been committed.
Option 6: Storyboarding. Storyboards are graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. Create a storyboard of one of the central themes of the novel. You must have a minimum of 10 “windows,” and your storyboard must be properly animated and annotated. The storyboard must also illustrate the most important conflicts in the scenes, and be grounded in the text.
The Stranger Final Project Rubric


Expectations

Exceeds Standard

4

Meets Standard

3

Approaching Standard

2

Below Standard

1

Total



Purpose

Makes analytical judgments about literary text by establishing an insightful interpretive claim/assertion in the form of a thesis.


Makes analytical judgments about literary text by establishing an interpretive claim/assertion in the form of a thesis.

W10-3.1


Attempts to make analytic judgments about literary text by establishing a thesis or the thesis is unclear.

Thesis is invalid and does not relate to the text.






Evidence/Details

Skillfully uses details and textual references to make inferences about the relationships among events, characters, setting, theme, or author’s craft.


Uses specific details and textual references that make inferences about the relationships among events, characters, setting, theme, or author’s craft.

W10-3.2,3.3



Includes few specific details and textual references that fail to make inferences about the relationships among events, characters, setting, theme, or author’s craft.


Details and textual references are missing.





Organization

Includes a complex or insightful opening, body, and a conclusion which synthesizes/analyzes the information.

Skillfully organizes ideas using sophisticated transitional words/phrases.




Includes an effective opening, body and conclusion which synthesizes the information.

Organizes ideas using transitional words/ phrases.

W10-3.4


Writing is not clearly organized, lacking a clear opening, body, and conclusion.

Limited use of transitional words/phrases.



There is little evidence of organization.

Transitional words or phrases are incorrectly used.







Language

Structure

Skillfully uses precise and descriptive language; varied sentence structure, with an acute awareness of audience and purpose.

Uses precise and descriptive language with awareness of audience and purpose.

W10-7.3,7.5,8.3



Some language is poorly used with little awareness of audience and purpose.

Poor use of language with no awareness of audience and purpose.





Conventions

Demonstrates mastery of language. MLA conventions followed accurately.

Demonstrates control of language conventions with no errors that interfere with reader’s understanding. MLA format followed accurately.

W10-9.1-9.5



Some errors interfere with reader’s understanding.

Many errors in MLA format.



Many errors interfere with reader’s understanding. No evidence of proofreading and editing. Major errors in MLA format.





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