Letter for change for this project, you will be writing a letter to a person in authority within your community. Consider some issues that might arise in the community for someone who is transgender or anyone in the LGBT community. Do the public restrooms have adequate options? Do certain Job applications require the applicant to specify male or female? Think of an issue within your school/community/town and write a letter asking for this issue to be changed. be sure to locate the proper person to submit your letter to. Detail the issue you have identified and provide a solid argument for why it should be changed. Additionally, you should suggest the change that should be made. For example, "There are only male and female restrooms available at your restaurant. I suggest adding a gender neutral bathroom." Your letter should also address at least one possible counterargument for your change. Be sure to introduce yourself at the beginning of your letter and end your letter by requesting a response
BOARD GAME YOU WILL CREATE A BOARD GAME BASED ON THE EVENTS OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN. YOU MAY USE AN EXISTING GAME AS A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR BOARD GAME. (CHUTES AND LADDERS AND LIFE ARE TWO GOOD ONES TO USE, BUT YOU CAN USE ANY GAME YOU WANT.) YOUR BOARD GAME SHOULD BE A PLAYABLE VERSION OF THE EVENTS IN THE NOVEL.
SOME THINGS THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE BOARD GAME.: 1. YOUR GAME SHOULD BE A COMPLETE CHRONICLING IF THE EVENTS OF THE STORY. HOW DOES GABE GET FROM THE START TO THE END OF THE NOVEL? WHAT HAPPENS THAT ADVANCES HIM AS A PERSON AND WHAT SETBACKS DOES HE FACE ALONG THE WAY? INCORPORATE EVENTS FROM THE NOVEL INTO YOUR GAME.
2. INCLUDE IMPORTANT CHARACTERS FROM THE NOVEL AND HOW THEY IMPACTED GABE’S STORY FOR BETTER OR WORSE. 3. YOUR GAME SHOULD HAVE A FINAL GOAL THAT IS ACHIEVABLE AND RELATES TO THE NOVEL. YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM GAMES WHERE THE GOAL IS TO ACCUMULATE THINGS LIKE MONEY, (MONOPOLY) THESE CAN BE HARDER TO RELATE TO THE NOVEL. 4. WHILE YOU CAN USE AN EXISTING GAME FOR A TEMPLATE, YOUR GAME SHOULD BE AN ORIGINAL CREATION. DON’T JUST TAKE AN EXISTING GAME AND CHANGE A COUPLE OF PIECES AND SAY THAT IT IS NOW BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN. YOUR GAME SHOULD TOTALLY IMMERSE THE PLAYER IN THE STORY WORLD. 5. create a set of instructions/directions for your game. You can use the instructions from your template game, but you need to make sure that your instructions reflect the story and purpose of your game. 6. write a short rationale, one page or so, explaining why who made the game the way you did. What makes this the best way to play the novel as a game? How is your game a good representation of the novel? Here is a link to a grading rubric for this activity:
MOVIE PITCH YOU ARE AN ASPIRING PRODUCER OF MOVIES AND HAVE JUST READ BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN. YOU FEEL THAT THE NOVEL WILL MAKE A GREAT MOVIE. YOU ARE MEETING WITH THE HEAD OF A STUDIO AND ARE GOING TO PITCH THE MOVIE TO HIM. YOU HAVE TO CONVEY WHY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WOULD MAKE AN OSCAR WINNING BLOCKBUSTER. WRITE YOUR PITCH OUT BEFORE YOU MEET WITH THE EXECUTIVE.
THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PITCH:
1. GIVE A BRIEF ONE PARAGRAPH SYNOPSIS OF THE STORY.
2. EXPLAIN WHY THIS NOVEL WOULD MAKE A GOOD MOVIE. WHAT ABOUT IT WILL TRANSLATE WELL TO THE SCREEN?
3. INCLUDE KEY EVENTS AND CHARACTERS AND HOW THEY WOULD TRANSLATE TO THE FILM.
4. CREATE A CAST LIST. WHO WILL PLAY THE KEY ROLES AND WHY ARE THESE THE BEST ACTORS FOR THE JOB.
College Application Create and complete a college application for either Gabe or Paige. Use as much information as you can from the book to make your application accurate. For areas that the book does not specifically address, use your own judgment and knowledge of the character to formulate a response. The following elements must be addressed in your application: Name Age Gender Current Address Academic Rank/GPA Name of High School Graduation Year Intended Major in College Extracurricular Activities Work Experience Hobbies and Interests Name and position/relation of one individual who will provide a letter of recommendation Additionally, choose one of the following questions to answer in a one-to-two page essay. 1.What is one experience, event, or person that has had a significant impact on your life? Discuss the impact made and how it has changed you.
2.. Discuss a situation where you have made a difference. How has this situation shaped your life and the lives of others? 3. Describe your areas of interest, your personality, and how they relate to why you would like to attend this college. Why would you be a great asset to our university?
Interview Create a set of interview questions that you would ask one of the main characters: Gabe, John or Paige. You need atleast five questions that revolve around: character motivations, passions, experience, feelings, or thought. After completing these questions you will be given a partner. Partners will interview each other and respond as if they are that character.
Examples of Interview Questions: (Gabe) What do you think is your biggest struggle as a trans-man? Why do you enjoy being on the radio so much? How do you feel when your parents call you Elizabeth?
(John) What draws you to Gabe? Why do you choose to mentor him? After you recovered from your hospitalization did you have any regrets? What are your hopes for Gabe as a DJ?
(Paige) How do you feel about your relationship with Gabe? Have you had any regrets about past decisions? What is an experience with Gabe that you will never forget?
Radio Reports After reading (226-232) the fight scene, when John is knocked out, write a news report for the radio. Include details of the events, context and background information. Imagine you will be reading this to a radio audience. These are the questions that should be answered:
1. What are the details of the incident? 2. Who was involved? What characters from the novel played an important role in this scene? 3. Why is it important? Why is this incident important in the context of the story? 4. When did this happen? 5. Where did this happen? Where is this scene taking place?
When writing your report keep in mind that your audience has not read the novel. Work your best to find a balance between providing information without overwhelming details.