A Modest Proposal Project²Knighton 2010

Swift approached the subjects of corruption in England and poverty in Ireland from the point of view of a benevolent humanitarian. Pretend you are a modern social worker, educator, environmentalist, or military advisor to the president. Attack an evil you see in the world by working on an ironic ³modest proposal´ for its solution²a proposal so outrageous that readers will see at once the severity of the problem. Remember that some will miss your irony and attack you for your ³insensitivity,´ just as some people attacked Swift. Make your moral outrage clear by the sheer outrageousness of your exaggerations. 1. You may work alone on this project or you may work with ONE other person. I would not choose to work with someone else UNLESS you are able to schedule time outside of school to work with that person. 2. If you work alone, you will either write a paper outlining your proposal or you will create a PowerPoint which outlines your proposal. This PowerPoint will be turned into a video using an account I will create for you at www.animoto.com. You will be required to turn in a copy of your PowerPoint with the video. 3. If you work with a partner, you and your partner will create a short video (under 3 minutes) outlining your proposal. You must also turn in a script. 4. Follow the guidelines listed on the appropriate checklist below. 5. You MUST turn in the rubric with your project or you¶ll lose points. 6. The video must be in a format that can be easily viewed here at school (see back of this paper). 7. This is worth 1 TEST grade!

Checklist for A Modest Proposal Project²Due Date: ___________________
ITEMS YOU NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PROJECT²IF WRITTEN Persuasive Techniques and Irony 1. Do I have at least 2 emotional appeals? List them here: YES NO POINTS

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2. Do I have at least 2 ethical appeals? List them here: 3. Do I have at least 2 logical appeals? List them here:

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4. Did I use at least 2 examples of verbal irony? List them here:

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Content and Organization 5. Does my paper use adequate support? 6. Does my paper flow properly from paragraph to paragraph? 7. Do all of my body paragraphs support my thesis statement?
Grammar and Usage 8. Did I correct my paper for sentence fragment errors and run-on sentence errors? 9. Did I correct my paper for subject/verb agreement errors? Spelling 10. Did I correct my paper for spelling errors? -1 pt per error up to 5 errors Punctuation and Capitalization 11. Did I correct my paper for these types of errors? -1 pt per error up to 5 errors Aesthetics 12. Is my paper neat and legible? 13. Is my paper approximately 2-3 pages long (12pt font, double-spaced)?

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Total Number of Points Acquired: __________

ITEMS YOU NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PROJECT²IF VIDEO-TAPED OR A VIDEO FROM A POWERPOINT Persuasive Techniques and Irony 1. Do we have at least 2 emotional appeals? List them here: 2. Do we have at least 2 ethical appeals? List them here: 3. Do we have at least 2 logical appeals? List them here: 4. Did we use at least 2 examples of verbal irony? List them here:

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POINTS

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Content and Organization 5. Does our content include a clear purpose? 6. Is it creative and compelling? 7. Are events and messages are presented in a logical order?
Grammar and Usage 8. Do all speakers use correct grammar and usage (unless it¶s for effect)? Cinematography and Sound Effects 9. Are all shots are clearly focused and well framed? 10. Is the audio clear? Are all speakers clear? OR (for a PowerPoint) 9. Are all my slides legible? 10. Is the font readable? Script or PowerPoint printout 11. Did I turn in a clean, legible copy of our script or a clean copy of my PowerPoint?

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Participants/legibility
12. Do all partners participate in the video itself or is my PowerPoint legible?

Total Number of Points Acquired: __________ Further requirements for videos: 1. I would suggest using a program such as Microsoft Moviemaker to create your video. 2. Remember that the video should be no longer than 3 minutes in length. 3. Your final copy should be on a DVD or CD. 4. Make sure your video will play in Windows Media player. 5. All content should be appropriate for school. Remember that you can make outrageous suggestions, but the video has to be appropriate for school. If you have any questions about content, then ask me. If you have questions, then e-mail me at kknighton@jones.k12.ga.us. 6. This website has great tips: http://www.adobe.com/education/digkids/index.html.

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