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Assignments

Here you will find all the non-discussion-based assignments for our course, including presentations and written work.

Presentation #1 – Due: Tuesday 9/14 by 9am

For this first presentation, choose a picture book to read an excerpt to us. In your video, we should be able to see YOU reading to us for the majority of the video. You may share the images if you wish, either via a physical book, or digitally, or choose to just read the text to us. Your video should be between 3-5 minutes long. Tell us in a few sentences why you chose the book to introduce it to us. You do not need to tell us your choice ahead of time.

You will post your video to our class Presentation page. You will add a new “post”. From there, you can upload the video directly, or if you would prefer to upload it to YouTube which has some basic editing available, you can directly link to that in your post. You can link to an unlisted YouTube video, and videos on this site will remain password protected.

Vocal Exercises
The Fairy Tale Assignment – what you are looking for

Choose a single story that you will use for the first half of this course.  This can be a fairy tale or folk tale.  It must be approved.  No more than three individuals may choose the same story.

Look for SEVEN versions of the story and one academic article about your story.  These will be used for your annotated bibliography but will also influence your presentations.

  1. An older version of the TEXT written pre-1900.  This may be published in a more recent edition, but you are looking for an early version of the story – most likely one by one of the major collectors of folk tales (Perrault, Grimm, Jacobs, etc.)
  2. A picture book version of the story
  3. A version of the story written AFTER 1970 that is written for an older audience.  This will be used for your third presentation. This can be for an Adult, Young Adult, or Middle-Grade audience.  The point is to look at a book or story that expands the story giving it new detail and scope either be a retelling, adaptation or serve as an inspiration.  
  4. A version on film.  This could be a film, animation, youtube, etc. but should tell a version of the story in its entirety. 
  5. A visual version.  A single image or series of still images or other visual object based on the story.   We will look at some possibilities collectively.
  6. A version meant to be performed.  This might be a ballet, an opera, a musical, a school play, a song, a storyteller’s version.  
  7. Another version of your choice.
  8. Academic article or book chapter
2nd Presentation – The Fairy Tale

You should tell us the story in whatever way you wish in under five minutes.

Your performance can be based on any of the versions you looked at, a combination of them, or something original based on your tale.  Keep in mind the elements that make a good story work that we will discuss in class.  Factors to consider this performance include narrative arc, consistent tone, character, vocal performance, physical performance, and setting. 

Be as creative as you want to be! People have done incredible things with this. But don’t worry if you only feel comfortable reading a story aloud to us at this point.

When you post your video please let us know with the post if your presentation is appropriate for children or not.

For responses: Group A responds to Group B, Group B to Group C, and Group C to Group A

3rd Presentation – An Expanded Fairy Tale for MG/YA/Adult Audiences

You are responsible for presenting an excerpt of approximately 3-4 minutes of a version of your post-1970 fairy tale written for an older MG, YA or adult audience.  Your presentation should include 2-3 minute introduction to your material that tells us what you are performing as well as some context. When was the story written? By who? Tell us something about them? How does the author use the fairy tale? How has it been or not been modernized? Is the book a retelling, an adaptation or inspired by the story?  Does it mix in other stories?

Try to keep the whole presentation under 6 minutes.

Only one student can work on each title. Please email me with your choice including title and author. Make sure you determine if you can get your hands on the book early.

Annotated Bibliography

Provide citations and a 1-2 paragraph analysis of each source.  Don’t just summarize the plot, start to dig into the themes and ideas and what makes these variations interesting and unique.   Dig deeply.  Why this story at this time and place? How does it make you rethink the story as you have known it? What kinds of symbolism are you starting to see? What are the deeper themes and ideas that underlie these variations?  Are they the same or do they differ?  What does a particular version pull out of the story?  Think about how each variation supports or complicates the pattern of the story it is using and why. 

Citations should be done properly a style of your choice (I recommend MLA or Chicago).    Please indicate what style you are using on your document.

This is a condensed sample of an annotated bibliography for “Little Red Riding Hood.”