Unit 3A - Major Assignment

The main assignment for this novel study is divided into two parts: research and response.

Part A- Visual Assignment

Research one of the following topics that are related to this novel:

  • Creative Commons
  • Crowd-sourcing
  • Linux
  • RFID's
  • Encryption
  • Security cameras in BC
  • Online tracking

Now create a visual representation that will explain the basics of the issue to someone who knows nothing about it. You can do this as a slideshow presentation, mindmap, infographic, collage, drawing, painting or poster (either hard-copy or digital).  Your assignment will include both pictures and text.  If you use sources outside of the course, you must cite them. 

Here is an example of an infographic that explains how employers use social networks to screen job applicants. It makes its point in an effective way without using either a lot of words or pictures. 

This will be marked out of 12 according to the visual design rubric (x2).

Part B - Response

Write a multi-paragraph response to one of the ideas in the novel.

Here are some ideas that you could choose from, or you could work out one of your own in consultation with your teacher.

  • How much privacy do all Canadians have the right to?
  • How can we determine if information that we find online is true or not?
  • Is technology a force for good, evil, or is it neutral?

Your composition may be written in any of the following formats: expository, narrative or persuasive.

  • Expository writing explores various aspects of a single topic.
  • Narrative writing makes a point by telling a story which may or may not be fictional. 
  • Persuasive writing takes one clear point of view on a topic.

Let's say that you would like to write about technology being neutral.  You could write an expository composition in which you state your reason for believing that it is neutral.  You could then explain your understanding of why some people might think it is good and why some think it is evil.  You would then give several reasons supported by examples, of why it makes the most sense to see it as neutral. 

Otherwise, you could choose to write about an event that happened to you which demonstrates your point that technology is value neutral.  Perhaps you got into trouble for texting in class.  You could show that it was your decisions, not your phone, that led to the trouble.

If you have a strong view on this topic, you could persuade your audience that this is the only correct way to see the issue.  If expository writing sounds like a conversation, persuasive writing has more of the tone of an argument. 

Your composition will consist of a short introduction, one to three main body paragraphs, and a brief concluding paragraph. 

It will be marked out of 24 according to the multi-paragraph composition rubric.