Final Project Assignment Sheet


1. As a class, you will create two annotated maps: one of Levy’s The Romance of a Shop and one of Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.  These maps will have descriptions about what happens at each location and images that are appropriate for each location.

2. Each student will sign up for and research two locations in the story and write a blog post (300 words) about each location that analyzes that location’s significance to the themes of the story. Each student will include a link to their blog posts on their map annotations.

3. Optional, for 5 points of extra credit added to the final grade: Each student can also write a 900-word analytical paper (with a thesis) that explains how locations function in the text, due by December 17th at 12:30pm by email.

NOTE: This paper should examine how locations function throughout the text, not just how the two locations you blogged about are significant. Use your classmates’ blog posts as evidence to support your thesis.


Dec. 17, from 12:30-2:30pm (our final exam time)

Map: 15% of final grade

Blog Posts: 15% of final grade


1. In class on Thursday, 11/12, students will decide if they want to join the Romance of a Shop group or the Picture of Dorian Gray group and if they want to make a Mapbox or a Google Maps project.

2. By class on Monday, 11/16, students will have signed up for the locations they need to research.  To find a list of locations, organized by chapter, follow this link.  

3. In class on December 7th, students will create the class maps for Romance of a Shop and Picture of Dorian Gray.  Each map should show all locations in the story and have associated images and a link to the blog post that analyzes it.

Each location marker should have an appropriate color and icon, and the description should include a description of the event, the relevant page number, an image appropriate to that location and the Victorian period, and a link to the blog post that analyzes its significance.  Groups can add lines to connect locations in the order they appear in the novel for extra credit.

4. From 12:30-2:30 pm on December 17th, students will share their maps with the class and we will have a final discussion about the importance of locations in novels. No official presentation required.


  1. Decide if your group wants to make a Mapbox ( or a Google Maps ( project.

 Preparing Spreadsheets:

Data gathering for the maps will be easiest if you put the info in a spreadsheet first. I’ve made a spreadsheet with all the location names in it and spaces for the latitude, longitude, and description.

  1. You’ll need to get the latitude and longitude of your location from Google Maps (latitude comes first, then longitude). Follow these instructions:
  2. You’ll need to find a Victorian-appropriate image (and for Mapbox, you’ll need to get its image URL for the spreadsheet:
  3. For “Description,” you’ll need to include the summary of what happens at that location (with page number if possible) and the URL to your blog post.
  4. If your group is using Google Maps, you will need to add your image separately.
  5. If your group is using Mapbox, you will need to add HTML code to the “Description” field of the spreadsheet.
    1. For the Image URL, write the following (with the URL between the quotation marks): <img src=” “>
    2. For the link to your blog post, write the following (with the URL between the quotation marks): <a href=” “>More info</a>

 Entering info into Spreadsheets:

  1. If your locations are from Romance of a Shop, fill out the information in this spreadsheet:
  1. If your locations are from Picture of Dorian Gray, fill out the information in this spreadsheet:
  1. When the spreadsheet has been completed, click on “File” -> “Download As” -> “Comma-Separated-Values” (.csv); This saves the data as a .CSV file, which is necessary for mapping projects.

 Mapping Instructions:

Google Maps

  1. Log into Google (with a non-Hawkmail Gmail account)
  2. Navigate to
  3. Click on the icon with three horizontal bars in the left-hand side of the search bar.
  4. Click on “My Maps.”
  5. Have 1 group member click on “Create” and give your map a title and a description (the description should explain the color-coding of the graph) by clicking on the words “Untitled Map” in the upper-left hand side of the screen and completing the empty fields.
  6. Click the word “Share,” then click “Change”
  7. Check “On–Anyone with the Link”
  8. Change “Can View” to “can Edit”
  9. Click “Save”
  10. Copy the link under “Link to Share”
    1. Open the class blog (, go to “Pages,” then “All Pages”
    2. Hover your curser over the Page called “Romance of a Shop Map” or “Picture of Dorian Gray Map” and click “edit” when it appears.
    3. Paste the URL into the text field.

Import Spreadsheet Data:

Have 1 person:

  1. Click “Import” in the box on the left.
  2. Click the blue “Select a File from your Computer” button, find the file, click it, and then click “open.”
  3. When asked for the longitude, latitude, and title columns, select them.
  4. Congrats! Your data has been imported!

 Editing Map:

Each group member should:

  1. First,  color-coordinate the locations
    1. Click where it says “Uniform Style” and change it to “Individual Style.”
    2. Now, each location is listed in the box on the left; the icon on the left shows the location’s color.
    3. Decide in your group what color you’d like to use for your map.
    4. Hover over your location in the left-hand box and click on the icon that appears on the right.
    5. Select a color and shape from the drop down menu to determine the appearance of the location pins.
  2. Next, let’s add an image to a location
    1. Find your location and click on it; a window should pop up with information about it.
    2. Click on the icon in the shape of a pencil and click on the icon of a camera.
    3. Do a Google image search for your location to choose a picture of the area, click on the image you want, and click “Select”
    4. Click “Save” to save your picture.
  3. Optional:  Add lines to connect the locations in the story
    1. Figure out the order of locations in the story
    2. Select the first spot in your story, and then click the icon with circles and select “Add line or Shape” (or “Add Walking Route” if the characters walk between the points).
    3. Click on each story location in order and hit enter when you’re done
    4. To change the line’s appearance or color, hover over the words “Other/No value” near where the story titles are listed in the left box and click the icon that appears.
    5. Select the desired color and line width.

Submitting the Map:

To embed the map when you’re done:

  1. On Google Maps, click “Share,” then “On–Public on the Web”
  2. Change “Can Edit” to “Can View”
  3. Click Save
  4. Click the three vertical dots to the right of “Share”
  5. Click “Embed on my Site”
  6. Copy the code in the text field
  7. On the map page for the class blog, click on the tab labeled “Text” (it should be right next to the tab labeled “Visual”).
  8. Copy and paste the embed code there.
  9. Click the “Update” button to save the changes.
  10. Congrats! You’re done!

Using Mapbox:

Mapbox ( is another great mapping program that lets you customize things a little more and makes more elegant maps. However, it doesn’t let multiple people edit the same map simultaneously, so you’ll have to work together.

Importing Data:

  1. Make sure each item in the spreadsheet has a description with HTML code for the image and the blog post link.
  2. Download the class’s CSV file.
  3. Choose one person in your group to make a Mapbox account and log in (
  4. Click on “New Project”
  5. Select the background map you want.
  6. Click on “Data” -> “Import” and select the CSV file.
  7. The next window will ask you to connect columns in the CSV file with basic data fields: for Title, select “Title”; for Description, select “Description.” Then, choose the color and icon size you want associated with your location.
  8. Congrats! You’ve imported your data!
  9. Click on “Project,” -> “Settings” and give your project a title and a description. NOTE:  The description should explain the color-coding for the map.
  10. Click the “Save” button.

Editing Data:

  1. Each group member should take turns clicking on their location and editing its appearance
    1. Click “Symbol,” and select a symbol that represents the location.
    2. Click the “Save” button.
    3. Double-check that each location has a description, a Victorian-era appropriate image, and a link to a blog post.
  2. Optional: Check the order in which the locations appear in the story, and draw lines connecting them.
    1. Click the “Line” button, then click on the correct points in order.
    2. Double-click on the final location.
    3. Give the line a name (e.g. “Gertrude walks to Watergate’s House”) and a color.
    4. Click the “Save” button.
  3. To see what your map looks like, click “Project” -> “Info,” and copy the URL listed under “Share” into a browser.

Submitting the Map

  1. Have 1 person in the group copy the “Share” URL
  2. Open the class blog (, go to “Pages,” then “All Pages”
  3. Hover your curser over the Page called “Romance of a Shop Map” or “Picture of Dorian Gray Map” and click “edit” when it appears.
  4. Paste the “Share” URL into the text field.
  5. To embed the map
    1. Go to the Mapbox page for your project
    2. Click “Project” -> “Info,” and copy everything from the text box labeled “Embed”
    3. On the class blog, click on the tab labeled “Text” (it should be right next to the tab labeled “Visual”).
      c. Copy and paste the embed code there.
    4. Click the “Update” button to save the changes.
    5. Congrats! You’re done!



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