Level Four English: Final Project Spring
Create a piece of insightful criticism
It may be academic criticism of a work or art (feminist, pschoanalytic, etc) or popular criticism (film,
food, etc). Your criticism may be presented in any of the following formats:
Critical Analysis Research Paper (MLA or APA)
All criticism projects should come with a one page statement that explains your work.
Create an artifact
Your artifact must embody (show/have characteristics of), interpret (give an understanding of), or
analyze (think about critically by looking at different parts) one of the following works (readings or
videos), concepts, themes, or genres we have studied this year. You may choose anything we studied in
either semester, however you must choose a different format or topic than you did last semester (the
same project cannot be done twice).
Artifacts have a wide range of possibilities, including (but not limited to) short films, music videos,
short stories, poetry, multimedia art, visual narratives, podcasts, digital art, graphic novels, etc. For
this term, I will ask you to create something that you can send by email or wechat, so some of the
interesting artifacts you made by hand last semester will not be able to qualify this time. Artifacts
should come with a one page artist's statement.
Written work should be 1200-1700 words in length.
Videos should be 3-5 minutes in length (though they may be longer).
Podcasts should be 10-15 minutes in length.
Blogs should have multiple posts (totaling 1200-1700 words).
Creative writing may have a lower word count (500-1000 words for fiction; 300-500 words for
poetry) but exceptions can be made if the writing is shorter but of impressive quality. With
creative writing, it will be judged critically according to its quality.
For other artifacts that are art/visual narratives/graphic novels/etc talk to me about your idea and
I will set fair guidelines for that topic (number of images/words/etc).
List of works, themes, concepts studied this year
Literature, poetry, essays, and readings
To My One Love (Chimamandi Ngozi Adichie), Just Walk By (Brent Staples), Joyas Voladoras (Brian
Doyle), Carry (Linda Hogan), The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka), A Modest Proposal (selections)
(Johnathan Swift), The Onion articles, The Allegory of the Cave (Plato), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray
Bradbury), Criticism (PDF), Man Bites Prawn (Jonathan Gold)
Films & videos
What We Do in the Shadows
Children of Men
Lady Blue Shanghai
Nathan for You
The Dangers of a Single Story Ted Talk (Adichie)
Augustine (music video) by Blood Orange
Let Down (Radiohead)
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
Augustine (Blood Orange)
Genres, Themes & Concepts
Criticism (academic & popular)
New Yorker (magazine covers)
Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side (cartoons)
Augustine (music video)
You may work in small groups (maximum 4 people), pairs, or individually. If you create your artifact
by yourself you will have 10 points extra credit added to the final project grade.
Final Project Grading Rubric
Artifact: 75 points (creativity, complexity, content); Artist's statement 25 points (aim, process)
Creativity (25 points max)
22-25: shows very impressive creativity and originality; exceptional artistic quality and true mastery of
19-21: shows strong creativity and originality; artistic quality is good; mastery of form is good but not
16-18: shows some creativity and originality but not consistently; artistic quality is average; form is
obvious but not mastered well.
13-15: very little creativity and originality exists; artistic quality extremely low; form may not be
obvious or not mastered in even an average way.
0-12: no creativity or originality; no artistic quality; form unrecognizable or not remotely close to being
mastered in any way.
Complexity (25 points)
22-25: complexity is clear and unmistakable; detail is rich and varied; thoughtfulness and insight is
19-21: complexity is mostly clear; detail is strong and somewhat varied; fairly strong thought and
16-18: complexity is somewhat clear but inconsistent; detail exists but is not sustained; thoughtfulness
and insight are mostly average.
13-15: complexity exists but only minimally; detail is very low; thoughtfulness and insight are rarely
0-12: little to no complexity at all; little to no detail; not thoughtful or insightful in any way.
Content (25 points max)
22-25: exceptional understanding of topic is seen in the work; extremely strong and clear relationship
to class content.
19-21: strong understanding of topic evident in work; mostly strong and clear relationship to class
16-18: some understanding of topic evident in work; some relationship to class content is seen.
13-15: very low understanding of topic is evident in work; very little relationship to class content is
0-12: little to no understanding of topic; little to no relationship to class content.
Artist’s Statement (25 points)
Aim (10 points max)
10: communication is flawless; goal is perfectly clear, and well-stated;
8-9: communicates aim of project extremely well; goal is very clear and well-stated;
6-7: communicates aim in an average way; goal lacks clarity but is understandable.
0-5: little to no communication of aim; not understandable.
Process (15 points max)
14-15: creative/artistic techniques well explained; creative process extremely clear; group contributions
are very well expressed.
12-13: creative/artistic techniques are fairly well explained; creative process is mostly clear; group
contributions are fairly well expressed.
10-11: creative/artistic techniques are satisfactorily expressed; creative process is explained but not
very clearly; group contributions are expressed in an average way.
0-9: creative/artistic techniques hardly expressed or not expressed; insight into creative process is
almost or completely non-existent; group contributions are barely communicated or are not expressed.
Create a piece of insightful criticism
It may be academic criticism of a work or art (feminist,
pschoanalytic, etc) or popular criticism (film, food, etc). Your
criticism may be presented in any of the following formats:
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