Bulletin Board

BULLETIN BOARD FORMAT. Your project must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

  • Everything needed for the bulletin board is enclosed in a large manilla envelope. This includes cut-out letters, illustrations, typed information, borders, yard, labels, etc.
  • The design for how the bulletin board materials will be displayed is sketched on the outside of the envelope.
  • Rule lines (base, mid, and top) have been drawn lightly in pencil with a ruler. Rule lines have been neatly and carefully erased after drawing materials have dried thoroughly. No smears.
  • Any material that has been cut out is trimmed neatly and precisely. Straight edges are straight. Irrelevant background is trimmed out.
  • The bulletin board illustrations are decorated colorfully with paint, colored pencils, felt-tip pens, crayon, pastels, or another medium specifically approved by the teacher.
  • Illustrations may be original artwork, traced or copied artwork, graphic designs, or appropriate photographs cut from magazines.
  • Designer names must appear on a card , as part of the bulletin board display
  • No words are misspelled.
  • No punctuation errors are made.
  • No capitalization errors are made.
  • No usage errors are made. Watch out for pronoun and verb errors.

A wise student would sketch all lettering or drawings lightly in pencil and proofread several times. A very wise student would enlist the aid of several proofreaders.

BULLETIN BOARD TOPICS. The purpose of these posters is to visually illustrate major concepts from the work studied. In order to receive a good grade, your bulletin board project must TEACH something about the work. Looking at your bulletin board should enlighten the viewer.

  1. About the Author: Research the author's life and include a brief overview, concentrating on the events in the writer's life which seem especially relevant to the work studied. Include a list of the writrer's major works and a picture (if available).
  2. Timeline: Prepare an illustrated timeline of events in the work. Although the actual events may not be revealed chronologically (by recollection and flashback perhaps), remember to proportion the length of the line to the total number of years the work covers. Include illustrations or quotes at major points on the line.
  3. Major Character Analysis: Prepare an analysis of one of the major characters. Include an illustration of the character as described by the author and include significant quotes from the work which demonstrate the various methods of characterization -- name, physical description, what the character says, what the character does, how other characters react to your character, etc.
  4. Character Comparison: Compare and contrast two of the major characters who can be analyzed as doubles and/or opposites. Include an illustration of each character as the author describes them and include significant quotes from the work which demonstrate the various methods of characterization -- names, physical descriptions, what the characters say, what the characters do, how other characters react to your characters, etc.
    Character Relationships:
    Make a cluster diagram showing the relationships of the characters to each other. Include a sketch of each character or perhaps a specific object associated with each one. Also include a characteristic saying or a significant quote about each. Start with the main character(s) at the center.
  5. Character Symbols: Frequently, characters in a work are associated with particular objects which take on a symbolic value. Prepare a chart showing characters and appropriate objects, explaining how the object represents the character. If no object is actually associated with the character in the work, you may choose an object which you think would be appropriately symbolic for your characters and explain your choices.
  6. Settings: Illustrate the major settings, including descriptive quotes from the work and indicating major events that occurred at each setting. If appropriate, consider using a map format.
  7. Figurative Language: Find several examples of various figures of speech: hyperbole, metaphor, simile, personification, etc. Prepare a chart listing and illustrating your examples.
    Significant Lines:
    Select what you consider to be the most important quote, quotes, or longer passage in the work. Prepare a collage which truly illustrates the meaning of the lines from the work. Include the lines themselves.

Particular works may suggest other possible topics to you. If you have an idea for a poster which is not included above, discuss it with your teacher.

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