Language Arts Projects

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A Book Without Beginning or End (Literature – Genres, Components / Creative Writing)

Cue the dramatic theme music: in this Challenge, your team is going to create a Show Open for a new fantasy series – one that takes place in a world of books, laying the fictional foundation for a new fantasy universe inside of which characters will flourish. To get a sense of what we are talking about, think of recent serialized book series, which then become feature films: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones.

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Dystopian Drama (Literature – Genre / Creative Writing)

Brave New World  …1984  …Fahrenheit 451  …The Hunger GamesThe Handmaid’s Tale  …The Giver. These novels offer their readers a dystopian view of society. In this haunting Challenge, your team is asked to create the basic parameters of a dystopian society, and then write and shoot a scene that takes place in this dystopian society.

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Modern Poetry Visualized (Poetry – Analysis – Creative Interpretation)

In this Challenge, students are presented with three modern poems that have been published in a major literary magazine within the last few years. Each team must choose one poem, study it, debate it, and find its lyricism, meaning and ambition. Then, create a visual video interpretation of their select poem to accompany a recitation of the poem.

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Literary Speed Dating (Literature – Character Analysis, Comparative)

In this Challenge, students are presented with three modern poems that have been published in a major literary magazine within the last few years. Each team must choose one poem, study it, debate it, and find its lyricism, meaning and ambition. Then, create a visual video interpretation of their select poem to accompany a recitation of the poem.

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Shakespearean Soliloquy Shake Up (Literature – Shakespeare, Soliloquy Analysis / Writing)

Friends, Romans Countrymen, lend me your ears: Meridian comes to assign soliloquys, not monologues. For the soliloquys of Shakespeare live after him and the monologues are interred with his bones. Welcome to the Shakespearean Soliloquy Shake-Up in which students will produce a video of your whole team performing a re-imagined soliloquy from Shakespeare.

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Literary Alterations (Literature - Analysis / Creative Writing)

What if…Snowball had not been run off the farm and had won the ideological fight between him and Napoleon (Animal Farm); or Holden Caulfield had decided to stay in school and entered into a romantic competition with Stradlater for the affection of Jane Gallagher (Catcher in the Rye)? In this Challenge, your team must take a major decision by a character in a work of literature, …and change it, playing out the ramifications of this decision in a ‘In the Next Episode’ TV Trailer format.

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Team Moth – Personal Stories (Writing – Personal Essay / Extemporaneous Speaking)

In this Challenge, your team will create a video of your entire team telling a true story in ‘Moth style’. What is a Moth? A Moth is the telling of a true story that happened to the presenter and is told extemporaneously. The Moth format comes to us from National Public Radio (NPR). For Meridian Stories, you have to present a ‘Team Moth’ and the deliverable is a video of the team performance. Teams will respond to prompts taken directly from the 2013 – 2014 Common Application that many students use to apply to college.

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Op-Ed Text Alive! (Writing – Non Fiction / Essay Analysis)

Your team is going to write a short Op-Ed piece. Now typically, when you write a paper, the reader is the one who supplies the meaning.  In this Challenge, you get a little more control over that relationship! Your team is going to visually ‘produce’ your piece using only text, voice-over, music and sound effects.

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Unraveling Literacy (Writing: Analysis, Texting)

What is happening 2 R writing?!?! Is the rise of texting an obstacle to bringing fully literate youth into the workforce? OR is the rise of texting a new and powerful tool to bringing newly literate youth into the workforce? This is what your team contemplates in the new Meridian Stories format, the Meridian Minute. What is the Meridian Minute? It’s simple: The video must be no more than 60 seconds and your team is only allowed two edits. In other words: three shots, two cuts.

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Six Word Micro Memoir (Writing: Personal, Poetry)

Hemingway invented the 6-word memoir: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn” – a life’s story told in 6 words.  In this Meridian Minute Challenge, your team will explore the poetic six-word memoir format with the aim of creating a provocative visual and verbal self-portrait of you and your team.

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