For this project, you will be creating a school yearbook/memory book, complete with school mementos. You are writing from Gene’s perspective except where indicated. Any time you cite an example from the novel (summarize, quote, or note or refer to an idea in it) use IN TEXT CITATIONS. You book will contain school pictures (faculty, students, places and events) from the novel. Give each page a “yearbook” title. Here is what your book needs to include:
Yearbook cover—This should include a school motto, school emblem, and yearbook title.
Table of Contents—This should tell the reader what sections of the yearbook are on each page.
Student and faculty picture pages—Include a minimum of 6 students and 3 faculty or administrative members. Under each picture type the person’s name and then quote you feel depicts the character’s personality or identity. Think about the ways an author reveals character: what a person says, what a person does, what others say about the person, and appearance. You can use any of these to show his personality. Include page #s. Also write a “memory signing,” like you would do with a classmate’s yearbook, from 4 of the characters who could write to Gene. Include one teacher or administrator. These items can and probably should be handwritten.
School events—Write about and depict THREE of the following school events. Include details from the novel. Illustrations should include actual “items” and descriptions mentioned in the novel. This should be written for the yearbook the way a school reporter might write. Include at least two pictures for each event and articles should be at least half a page. EVENTS: The Winter Carnival, Blitzball, The Butt Room, The “Inquisition” or Trial, The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session, etc. Any other ideas must have teacher approval.
School settings: Depict the school settings (buildings, etc). Be sure to include at least 4 buildings with captions and a description to indicate what each building/setting is representing and how it is important to the novel. Research a typical Ivy League or private school’s appearance and look at the descriptions in the novel of the buildings and setting. Remember that this took place in the 1940s, so the buildings will obviously be older and of an older style.
Symbol page—Create a picture page of 5 of the major symbols from the novel. on the adjacent page, write an explanation of the importance and meaning of two of these symbols. Use first person, as if Gene is explaining the meanings (minimum one half page for each).
Theme pages—Worded in terms of a memorable lesson learned by Gene, discuss/support how the title of the novel thematically relates to the novel in two distinctly different ways. In order to fully explore these two meanings, each of Gene’s reflections need to be at least ¾--1 full page long.
Select one of the following quotes and explain how it represents a theme (discuss and support its relevance from Gene’s point of view). This should be one page long.
“Wars are made by something ignorant in the human heart.”
“Part of friendship consists of accepting a friend’s shortcomings.”
“When you love something, it loves you back in whatever way it has to love.”
“The closest friendships often involve intense rivalry.”
Images and juxtaposition—This novel presents clear contrasts in so many ways. Do contrasting picture pages of one of the following pairs of images: summer session vs. winter session, Devon River vs. Nagaumsett River, light vs. dark, good vs. evil, sports and the Winter Carnival vs. images of war. You can do this as a collage or a collection of images, but have many images on the two adjacent pages of pictures. Then ON A THIRD page, discuss the meanings of the contrasts and the ideas they convey within the novel.
MYSTERY PAGE: This page description has been left out because it contains a spoiler. If you want to use this page to replace any ONE of the other pages, speak to me privately and I will give you the page assignment.
Make sure illustrations are neat, colorful, creative, relevant and thoroughly depicted. They show what you know.
The yearbook should have a neat layout and several pictures. It is not your artistic ability that is important. It is your creativity, thoroughness, and neatness.
Writings are to be typed unless otherwise noted. Paragraphs should be size 12 of an easy-to-read font. If there is any doubt over whether or not the font is easy to read, ask. Remember, the yearbook would have been created in the 1940s. They’re not going to have many of the fonts we do today.