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ENG4U Independent Study Unit (ISU) 15% Throughout the course, you will be working on an independent project. The Independent Study Unit provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the interplay of social, cultural and economic values and perspectives on the themes and interpretations of texts. By analyzing and comparing two texts of your own choice, you will not only demonstrate your critical thinking skills, but also your levels of responsibility, organization, initiative and more. We will designate some time in class for “ISU Time,” where you can work on your independent project. For the most part, this assignment does have to be done on your own time.

Parts of the ISU  Text Proposal (1%)  Comparative Literary Essay (8%)  Rough Notes (1%)  Oral Presentation (5%)

IMPORTANT DATES  July 8, 2013: ISU Text Proposal due  July 12, 2013: Student/Teacher Conference  July 16-19, 2013: ISU Oral Presentations  July 19, 2013: Student/Teacher Conference; Thesis due for ISU Comparative Essay  July 24, 2013: ISU Comparative Essay and all Rough Notes due

COMPARATIVE LITERARY ESSAY  You will write: o A literary essay comparing two texts (The Kite Runner and a novel/play of your own choice)  Your essay will: o Contain a teacher-approved thesis resulting from teacher/student conferencing o Be approximately 8-10 pages double-spaced (2500-3000 words) o Follow MLA format o Be submitted with all writing process notes (if these notes are not submitted, your final essay may not be accepted)

ORAL PRESENTATION  Your Presentation is to: o Be 12-15 minutes in length o Be presented on the chosen date o Be about SOMETHING that is in the text of your choice – not ABOUT your text o Be interesting and informative GUIDELINES Each ISU Presentation will be 12-15 minutes in length. In your presentation, you will introduce each of your texts briefly and your thesis of your essay, explaining how it relates to the texts you read. You must have some form of visual aid in your presentation (handout, PowerPoint, display board, props, short video, etc). Your presentation should be about SOMETHING that is in your chosen text that you research and report on. It is NOT about your essay or what happens in your chosen text; it is about SOMETHING that is in your text. For example, if a character in one of your text lives in New York City, you could research and present on New York City; if a character in your text is in the military, you could research and present on the military – IT CAN BE ON ANYTHING YOU WANT THAT IS IN ONE OF YOUR TEXT! Approximate time guidelines:  Entire presentation: 12-15 minutes  Brief discussion of chosen text and author: 60 seconds  Brief discussion of your plans for your comparative essay: 60 seconds  Presentation on topic: 10-13 minutes

TOPIC GUIDELINES The following is a list of ideas to get you started thinking about what you might want to explore.  Explore the concept of social criticism in literature. What is the role of literature in promoting social change? (You might want to focus on a particular issue, such as social class, racism, gender politics, etc.)  Explore the written works of those who have been historically, or are currently, marginalized from mainstream culture. Compare and contrast the style, structure, imagery and subject matter, or consider the critical analyses and evaluations of these works  Compare, contrast and evaluate the findings of several critical interpretations of a controversial work of literature Consider your interests: As an independent study, it is important that your topic has relevance and meaning FOR YOU and still be within the expectations of the 4U curriculum. Invest the time into finding a topic that is interesting to you. Begin thinking about your interests before beginning your research. Don’t be afraid to discuss your progress and thoughts with your teacher. Enjoy the process of directing your own learning and have fun!

IMPORTANT NOTES: All components of the ISU must be completed on their assigned due date – NO extensions will be granted (unless there is a last minute emergency situation). There are two situations where an ISU automatically receives a mark of zero: 1) An essay is submitted that has been plagiarized; 2) An essay is submitted for which I have not seen any process work, or have not approved the text, or have not approved the thesis. You MUST complete BOTH the Comparative Literary Essay and Oral Presentation in order to pass the entire ISU Assignment. If you do not complete one of them, you will not receive higher than a 50% overall for the entire 15% unit of the ISU.

ENG4U ISU Text Recommendations that would work well with The Kite Runner NOVELS, arranged by topic/theme 1) Familial Dysfunction  Wally Lamb, I Know This Much is True  Annie Proulx, The Shipping News  John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire  Douglas Coupland, All Families are Psychotic 2) Poverty and Oppression  Charles Dickens, Hard Times  Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes  Gabriel Roy, The Tin Flute  John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath 3) Indiscretions  Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary  Tom Perrota, Little Children  Margaret Laurence, The Fire-Dwellers  Richard B. Wright, Adultery 4) Coming of Age – Male  Nick Hornby, High Fidelity  David Gilmour, Lost Between Houses  J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye  Russell Banks, Rule of the Bone 5) Racial Conflict  Nella Larsen, Passing  Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man  Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon  David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

6) Youth, Angst and the Generational Divide  Douglas Couplan, The Gum Thief  Rick Moody, The Ice Storm  Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex  Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides 7) Fate/Destiny  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations  John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany  Carol Shields, The Republic of Love  Margaret Laurence, A Jest of God 8) The Journey Motif  John Irving, Until I Find You  Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Herman Melville, Moby Dick  Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo 9) The Disturbing Crime  Truman Capote, In Cold Blood  Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men  Ian McEwen, Atonement  Joyce Carol Oates, Black Girl, White Girl

If you are interested in any of the following novels, you will have to research on your own to see if they connect with The Kite Runner NOVELS, as arranged by author (some are repeats from the theme section) 1) Michael Ondaatje  Coming Through the Slaughter  In the Skin of a Lion  The English Patient  Anil’s Ghost  Divisadero  The Cat’s Table 2) Kurt Vonnegut  The Sirens of a Titan  Cat’s Cradle  Slaughterhouse Five  Breakfast of Champions  Player Piano 3) Robertson Davies  Fifth Business  The Manticore  World of Wonders  The Rebel Angels  What’s Bred in the Bone  The Lyre of Orpheus  Murther and Walking Spirits  The Cunning Man  Hocus Pocus  Bluebeard  God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater  Jailbird  Slapstick 4) Khaled Hosseini  A Thousand Splendid Suns  And the Mountains Echoed

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Ernest Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying John Knowles, A Separate Peace Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest John Ball, In the Heat of the Night Jack Hodgins, Broken Ground Jack Hodgins, Distance F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Mordecai Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Alan Cumyn, The Sojourn Jane Urquhart, Away Thomas King, Medicine River Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Colin McDougall, Execution Helen Humphreys, Coventry Edith Wharton, House of Mirth Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Dorian Gray Sebastian Barry, Long Long Way Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange Roddy Doyle, A Star Called Henry William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury Jack Hodgins, Innocent Cities Paul Hoffman, The Golden Age of Censorship James Joyce, The Dubliners A.L. Kennedy, Day Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind Brian Moore, The Luck of Ginger Coffey Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints Mordecai Richler, Barney’s Version Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Shyam Selvadurai, Cinnamon Gardens Jane Urquhart, The Underpainter

PLAYS  Any Shakespeare play, except for Hamlet o Specifically recommended:  King Lear  Othello  Macbeth  Richard III  The Tempest  Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie  Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire  Arthur Miller, The Crucible  Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman  George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara  Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal  Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House  Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler  Timothy Findlay, Elizabeth Rex  Ann-Marie MacDonald, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)  Anton Chekhov, The Seagull  Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer  Shelagh Stephenson, An Experiment with an Air Pump  Sophocles, Oedipus the King  Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus  Sophocles, Antigone  Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance  Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest  Edwards Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Anton Chekhov, Ivanov  Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya  Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters  Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard  T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral  John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera  Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

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Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder Sean O’Casey, Red Roses for Me Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night Arthur Miller, All My Sons Thomas Otway, Venice Preserv’d; or, A Plot o Discovered J.M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World J.M. Synge, Well of the Saints J.M. Synge, Deirdre of the Sorrows George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession William Wycherley, The Country Wife

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