As I began to think about this project, I was lost. I had no direction because I was unsure of what was expected of me. I read through the syllabus a couple times, checked the assignments page of Blackboard, and basically kept reading the assignment over and over again. This did not help because I was still unsure of myself. I had some passing ideas, like creating a webpage using Microsoft FrontPage, but nothing stuck. I was feeling really down on myself because I am usually better and more creative when it comes to projects like this. At this point, I decided to give myself a day to get my mind off the project and focus on some other things.
The next day, I went to the Discussion Board on Blackboard to see if anyone else was having as difficult a time as me. Then I saw a post in the ‘Questions for Susan’ section titled Midterm. My hopes began to rise as I read through this thread and the corresponding responses. As I clicked on each helpful link, my ideas began to grow. It was at this time when I decided to create an ABC book. The example of the ABC book I saw online really caught my attention and I thought it was such a clever idea.
When the time came for me to start thinking of characters, themes, symbols, and objects for each letter of the alphabet I began to worry that all the letters of the alphabet would not be accounted for. At the same time I was getting excited because I thought of this as a challenge – a treasure hunt for ideas. I struggled with a few, but this struggle forced me to read (skim) through the entire book a second time. This did not bother me because I enjoyed reading the book the first time. Finally, when it was time to put the project together I had so many different ideas for each letter that it was hard to choose the ‘right’ one.
Overall, I really enjoyed this project because it was something different, something I had never done before. I am used to writing papers, creating PowerPoint projects, and reflecting on my work, but this midterm project encompassed all three and made it enjoyable. This type of project puts on a whole new meaning to the dreaded book report and I will definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues.
For my self-assessment, I chose to adapt the Response Project Rubric found at the website, http://www.litcircles.org/Extension/evalforms.html.
Response Project Rubric
Total Score: 20/20