Speak to the Earth: Final Assignment


During this novel study unit we explored two major themes:

  • the complexities between the environment and economics.
  • the challenges and issues faced by adolescents.

Your final novel study projects is designed to show that you have gained a thorough understanding of our novel’s two themes.

You will be completing this assignment with a novel study partner (it must be a different partner from our first novel study). Here is a list of your possible assignments:

  1. Write a one and a half-page letter (12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced) letter from Brian to his father Norm. Brian will be laying this letter beside his father’s grave. In the letter, Brian will explain the issues and conflicts during the Orca Sound protests. The letter will conclude with an explanation as to why Brian decided to chain himself Big Bear River Bridge.
  2. Create a word and/or picture collage representing the novel’s two major themes.  This must be done on a large sheet of drawing paper or poster board (8” x 11” paper is too small).  This must be accompanied by a 1 page  (12-point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced)  written explanation of why you selected the certain words and/or pictures.  This must be neat and aesthetically pleasing.
  3. Create a 16-panel Bitstrips comic, retelling the major events of chapters 17 and 18 entire novel in comic book form. You must remain true to any physical or setting descriptions.
  4. Create a 16-slide (or more) powerpoint presentation illustrating 8 major differences and 8 similarities between the historical fictionalized Orca Sound protest and the 1993 Clayoquot Sound protest.

You will have several periods to work on this assignment. It will be due Thursday, April 25 at 2:59 pm. Students who do not complete the assignment will be staying after school that Thursday, until the project is complete.

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