TEACHING POSTER FORMAT. Your
project must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:
- Project is drawn or mounted on posterboard. Unless you are
specifically given permission to use full-size posterboard, your
poster MUST be one-half a regular-sized 2 feet x 3 feet
poster -- that is, 12 inches x 18 inches. It may be oriented
portrait or landscape.
- The only acceptable mounting materials are rubber cement
or a glue stick. No tape. No staples.
- 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.
- Projects are decorated colorfully with paint, colored pencils,
felt-tip pens, crayon, pastels, or another medium specifically
approved by the teacher.
- Projects are illustrated with original artwork, traced or
copied artwork, graphic designs, or appropriate photographs cut
- Your name must appear on the front of the project, discreetly,
but legibly, in small print.
- 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
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.
TEACHING POSTER TOPICS. The purpose of these posters is to visually
illustrate major concepts from the work studied. In order to
receive a good grade, your poster project must TEACH something
about the work. Looking at your poster should enlighten the viewer.
- Plot: Diagram
the main plot and any subplots. Find a visual way to demonstrate
and illustrate the various conflicts, turning points, connections
between plot and subplot, and so on. You might also consider
examining parallel or recurring events.
- 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.
- Major Character:
Prepare a poster portrait 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.
- Character Comparison: Prepare
a poster comparing and contrasting 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Symbolic Recipes: Write and
illustrate symbolic recipes for major characters, events, and/or
themes in the work. Remember to follow recipe format for ingredients
and method of preparation, but think symbolically. A cup of evil,
not a pound of flesh.
- 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.
- Image Strands: Prepare a chart
showing specific examples of the major image strands in the work,
including quotes as appropriate. Write a brief statement analyzing
the effect of each image strand. (Hint: colors, animals, nature,
darkness and light, etc.)
- Figurative Language: Find several
examples of various figures of speech: hyperbole, metaphor, simile,
personification, etc. Prepare a chart listing and illustrating
- 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.
- Concrete Poems:
Write a set of several concrete poems appropriate to the
work, perhaps illustrating characters, events, themes, or even
the work as a whole. The poems themselves will, of course, be
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.