Culminating Performance Task
An anthology is a collection of selected writings by various authors – these writings are usually in the same literary form (i.e. all poems, all short stories, all songs, etc.), from the same time period, or focus on the same subject.
As a culminating task for this course, you will create an online anthology that expresses your understanding of the different Indigenous perspectives and experiences that exist in Canada today.
Your anthology should educate others about these different Indigenous perspectives and experiences by relying on what you’ve learned from the texts that you’ve read, watched, and listened to during this course. Think of it as a portfolio of your learning that takes whoever is looking at it through your learning journey. You will be revisiting certain texts (graphic, written, film etc.) and extracting what you’ve learned and reflecting on it (metacognition).
The following explains what you will have to do:
You will need to choose five different texts (a mixture of fiction and nonfiction) and a variety of different media that say something about this topic. Before searching for additional works on this topic, review the materials you studied in this course to form an understanding of how each of them expresses a unique Indigenous Canadian perspective.
Using this chart, look back through the course, and reflect on each of the texts included. In the chart, you will write a brief paragraph for each text, summarizing what you have learned from these readings. For each paragraph, ensure you have a clear topic sentence and at least two supporting details that are clearly explained.
You will be representing each of these texts in your anthology, and you will be analyzing THREE of them (not all five). While you will not need to actually include the entire text of every selection in the anthology (in other words, you don’t have to reprint an entire short story or download a film), you will need to include excerpts, and you will need to ensure that your teacher is able to access any text you wish to include in your anthology via a link.
When you’ve completed your research, and have a mixture of at least 5 fiction and nonfiction texts in a variety of media formats (five altogether with some being fiction and some being nonfiction), write an annotated bibliography. In each annotation, summarize the text and reflect on what the text says about the Indigenous Canadian experience (remember, there will be a variety of different, unique experiences). In other words, what is the message or theme being communicated in the text?
At this point in the process, your teacher will open a discussion post in order to discuss the selections you are planning on analyzing so that you can receive feedback. In order to prepare for your conversation, you will need to do the following:
Identify the texts you plan on further analyzing.
Have a working thesis statement prepared for each of the texts you plan on analyzing.
Identify which text you would like to prepare as an oral piece (either video or podcast), and explain what this format would allow you to do that a written format wouldn’t.
Identify any questions or concerns you have about writing and/or recording your analyses.
Identify any challenges you think you might encounter as you write and record your analyses.
Write a draft of approximately 500 words for each of the texts you plan on analyzing in more detail, including a draft for the piece you plan to record as either a podcast, video, vlog, or other creative form of communication. If you have another idea, please confirm with your teacher via email or during drop-in sessions first. Ensure that each of your drafts contains the following:
A brief introduction that contains the following:
Name of text and name of author
Brief summary of text
Thesis statement identifying what this text communicates to a reader about the Indigenous Canadian experience.
At least two body paragraphs that provide the following:
Statement about effectiveness of the text in terms presenting information about the Indigenous Canadian experience
Specific examples from the text
Properly cited evidence from the text
Clear explanations that show how the evidence supports the thesis
Brief conclusion that restates the thesis and summarizes key ideas
Proper MLA formatting – you must include embedded citations (a Works Cited page will not be necessary since your teacher will already have your annotated bibliography)
After you’ve written all three of your drafts, you will submit them to a classmate for feedback, and he/she/they will provide you with suggestions for improvement. Use this peer editing sheet to edit each draft.
You can now use Google Sites, Weebly, Yola, or Wix, or you could use applications like Google Slides, Microsoft Publisher, or Microsoft PowerPoint to create your anthology. Select the one you are most comfortable with and perhaps take some time to experiment with using each to see which features and which applications you prefer. Depending on which format you decided to use to present your anthology, you will need to talk to your teacher about the best way to submit it (email/D2L etc.). Make sure you CAREFULLY consult the checklist and rubric for your assignment before submitting. Review both more than once before submitting.
You can present the reflection in any way you choose so long as you fulfill the requirements in the rubric and success criteria and that you meet the expectations of the task. I encourage you to be as creative as possible! You can make a vlog post, Instagram page, podcast etc. If you have another idea but are unsure, please consult with your teacher before beginning to work on it.
9. Your final task is to complete a reflection which requires you to consider the following questions:
How do the presentation elements (font choice, imagery, layout), and the conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar) contribute to the way a reader might interpret your voice as a writer?
What part or aspect of your anthology do you think best represents you as a writer and a creator?
Describe where you feel your voice is strongest.
What have you learned about the theme of identity that is most significant for you?
Course Review Chart
Email to Teacher
Rough Draft in Written Form
Annotated Bibliography Rubric