Fold and paste this into your notebook as an entry titled “TMDG Map” Update your Table of Contents! A Map of Ship-Trap Island In Richard Connell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game, the main character Rainsford has to struggle to escape from the maniacal Zaroff. The PLOT of the story can easily be shown by tracing Rainsford’s journey to and on mysterious Ship-Trap Island. Your Task: Create a detailed map of Ship-Trap Island and the ocean surrounding it. On this map, draw a line showing Rainsford’s path throughout the story. If you do this properly, you will not only show your understanding of the story’s PLOT, but also its SETTING as well. Learning Targets: To be successful, you will: properly identify important moments from the plot of the story and sequence them correctly in a visual summary, and select well-chosen text evidence to show good understanding of the plot and setting of the story. Requirements: The map must have a title “Ship-Trap Island,” a compass and a key. If you do not know what these are, please ask. The map must be in color or use creative shading. You are not graded on your artistic skills, but your product should be visually pleasing, clean and organized. Use a line to trace Rainsford’s path from when we first meet him all the way up the final scene. Along his path, identify key plot moments. To identify key plot moments along his path, use shapes or symbols AND select a short passage of text from the story to identify some critical detail from this plot moment. o A hint about “critical details”: The name of a trap Rainsford sets is not a critical detail. How he builds it, how it works, or what it causes to happen would be critical details. o Copy your critical detail word for word and put it inside “quotation marks.” Then, cite the page number in parenthesis like this (7). Include important features of the setting, such as Zaroff’s chateau, the Death Swamp, and the Ship Trap. There are clues in the story about where these things are located, so make sure to place them in their proper location on the map. Plot Accuracy and Choices 20 points Setting Accuracy and Choices 20 points Quality of Text Evidence 40 points Overall Appearance 20 points All plot events are accurately placed geographically on the island, based on clues given in the text. All geographical features are placed correctly, based on clues given in the text. Extra island features, if added, are appropriate to the story’s setting. No major features of the island are misplaced or missing, but some details of Rainsford’s path might be inaccurate. Extra island features, if added, are appropriate to the story’s setting. Text chosen is properly formatted (in quotation marks, with parenthetical page citation). The text chosen accurately represents the plot moment or setting location. ALL text chosen is “illustrative” rather than “declarative.” Overall appearance is clean, suitable for classroom display, and shows significant effort and attention to detail. Even if it is not “artistic,” it is clear that the student took pride in the overall appearance. Planning is evident. Text chosen is properly formatted (in quotation marks, with parenthetical page citation). The text chosen accurately represents the plot moment or setting location. MOST text chosen is “illustrative” rather than “declarative.” Text chosen is properly formatted (in quotation marks, with parenthetical page citation). The text chosen, in most cases, represents the plot moment or setting location. SOME text chosen is “illustrative” rather but most is “declarative.” Text chosen may not be properly formatted. At least a few examples are “illustrative.” Overall appearance is clean, easy to read, and shows effort and attention to details. Planning is evident by how organized and laid out the visual is. There are serious issues with formatting. All text is “declarative” rather than “illustrative.” Text is missing. The visual is messy, illegible, or ineffective due to a lack of planning. A All major plot events from beginning to end are marked on Rainsford’s path. The plot events are in the correct order. Thus, the plot summary is accurate. B One or two major plot events may be missing OR a couple of plot events may be in the wrong order, but generally the plot summary is accurate. C At least three-quarters of the plot events are present and represented in the correct order OR all plot events are represented but there are errors in sequencing. No more than one major feature of the island is misplaced or missing. Rainsford’s path is accurate enough to show reading comprehension. D Many plot events are missing or out of order, to the extent that understanding of the story is not well communicated. Rainsford’s path is not accurately shown, or features of the island are misplaced. F Too many plot events are out of order or missing to justify reading comprehension. Multiple features of the island are missing, misplaced, or misrepresented; extra island features, if added, are not appropriate to the setting. Overall appearance is satisfactory to communicate, but doesn’t necessarily show exceptional effort. Some parts may be “squished together” or poorly laid out, indicating that pre-planning may not have taken place. Overall appearance makes some parts of the map difficult to read. The visuals may be overly basic or clearly put together quickly without much planning or forethought.
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