Along with our in-class essay test on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, you will have a choice of 3 projects. Choose one.
- adding a chapter (or more) to the end of the book, imitating Chris’s writing style.
- watching the film Temple Grandin and making a film-clip project about her ability to overcome the disabilities of her autism.
- making a film (in the style of Alex Olinkewicz) about your own learning style and behaviors.
More details below. Due before Christmas break.
- Write the next chapter(s) of the book, imitating the narrative voice of Christopher as well as the characteristic things he likes to write about. If you need a suggestion for the next situation, try this one: the father tries to get custody of Christopher and force Christopher to move back in with him. But you can make up a suitable situation on your own. Just check it out with me before you get too far into it. The aim is to write a chapter that sounds like the book and is true to the spirit and characters of the book, but is entirely made up by you.
- Watch the movie Temple Grandin. Think about Temple as a special ed success story. She could have ended up institutionalized but instead she has become an influential person both in her field of animal husbandry and on the topic of autism. She never got cured of autism (there is no cure) but learned to understand, cope with, and overcome her disabilities, to keep them from standing between her and her goals. Then make 3-5 clips from the movie which show Temple understanding, coping with, and overcoming obstacles caused by her disability. Put these clips into a paper. For each clip write a paragraph that explains what this clip shows about Temple’s achievement.
- Make an Alex Olinkiewiecz-style video about yourself as a learner. (You can watch his youtube video on the Curious Incident noteshare notebook to remind you of it.) The idea here is to describe yourself to others in terms of how you learn, how you interact with people, how your mind works. You should be thinking about learning in school and out of school: what’s effective and not effective to help you learn. What your special “behaviors” are (Christopher lists his on page 46 of the book. You might reread that, too.) It should be 3-8 minutes long, and more introspective than just a list of what you like and don’t like.