Each student will give a 5-minute presentation on a location in London and how that location illuminates something about the literary work in which it appears. The information about that location in London will be primarily drawn from the websites below. Presentations will occur towards the beginning of the class periods.
1. Choose a street/landmark (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g_xSRcWDKkObNZwhpZY75tI-wZQYE_xAOi9tGv3b1ME/edit?usp=sharing) and sign up for a presentation day (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MGcDk0Rhy31veBXwgORrNq6LGHIZl-txS7UjawJuE4c/edit?usp=sharing)
2. Do a search for your street on Victorian Google Maps (https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zs2aHyi7W8Ek.kggHTef2F49I&hl=en) and then zoom in and take a screenshot (http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/).
3. Use a combination of the following sites to learn about the area you have chosen:
“Historical Eye” (http://www.historicaleye.com/thenandnow1.html)
“Old Bailey Online” (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/London-life19th.jsp)
“Charles Booth Online Archive” (http://goo.gl/JgRmhL)
“Locating London” (http://www.locatinglondon.org/)
“British Histories” (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/).
“London Buildings and Monuments illustrated in the Victorian Web” (http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian/art/architecture/london/index.html)
4. The presentation should explain the cultural significance of the location and should provide specific examples and images.
5. The presentation should also provide some theories regarding the location’s importance to the literature it appears in regarding not just the plot, but also the theme. To address this, try asking yourself the following questions:
- Does the fictional depiction seem similar to or different from the real location? In what way? If it differs from the real location, what does that tell us about the text itself?
- What does the location tell us about character development, or characterization?
4% of final grade
Presentation Grading Rubric:
|Clarity||Presenter is audible and easy to understand||Presenter is mostly audible and easy to understand||Presenter is somewhat audible and easy to understand||Presenter is not audible and easy to understand|
|Organization||Information is presented in a clear, organized way||Information is presented in a mostly organized way||Some parts of the presentation are organized||Information is presented in a disorganized way|
|Addressing Assignment||Presentation addresses the questions on the assignment sheet||Presentation addresses some of the questions on the assignment sheet||Presentation barely addresses the questions on the assignment sheet||Presentation does not address the questions on the assignment sheet|
|Examples||Presentation includes many specific examples from the source materials||Presentation includes some specific examples from the source materials||Presentation barely includes specific examples from the source materials||Presentation does not include specific examples from the source materials|