Library Practicum One
Analyzing, Synopsizing, and Illustrating a Novel
(3 Weeks)
OBJECTIVES:   
1.         To acquaint students with a fiction author and selection which they might not otherwise discover.
2.         To give students experience in developing and writing a synopsis.                  
3.         To give students experience in producing a graphic illustration based on their reading.

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Choose a hardback book to read that has a blue sticker on it from the fiction/nonfiction section that also needs a new cover. Verify your selection with the librarian.
  2. Research how to write a synopsis, and study several different fiction book jackets to view how previous LPI students completed this assignment. *Note some examples may not be "A" work.
  3. After reading and researching, write a synopsis that presents the novel in such a way that the reader will know what the book is about and entice him/her to read it.  This is NOT a review, but a "sales pitch".  Tell enough to intrigue, but not give it away.   It must be short enough to fit on the flap of the dust  jacket. Do NOT plagiarize.
  4. Research the author and write a paragraph titled "Something about the Author" for the back flap, which will fit roughly half the space.    Also, include a picture of your author. Cite your sources for information and picture on the back flap.
  5. Include in a statement at the bottom of the back flap, which states that the jacket was produced by you for Library Practicum I, and the school year.  EX: Jacket designed and produced April, 2013 by John Doe, WHS Class of 2013, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for LPI.
  6. Using a word processor, type your synopsis and author information in a format that fits on the jacket flap and present it to the librarian for proofreading and approval before it is permanently displayed for our school community.
  7. Create a design for a dust jacket which illustrates the story, or establishes the mood of the book, in a graphic format. 
  8. Attach a barcode and a new spine label to your book cover.  The spine label should be placed exactly 2 inches from the bottom of the book.   Insert the jacket into a mylar cover and secure the mylar covering as neatly as possible.
  9. Check your work against the attached rubric.  When you are satisfied you have met all the criteria, turn in the book to the librarian.

Book Jacket Cover Rubric

Sections

Description of Elements

Pts. Possible

Pts. Earned

 

Front Cover

 

 

Graphic Elements

Graphics are representative of the subject of the book and not duplicated from an existing book cover. 

10

 

 

Graphics are student created, not just an image from the web/clipart.

10

 

Design (Layout)

Design of jacket is very attractive, appealing to viewer, shows evidence of planning (nothing covered by processing stickers)

5

 

 

Good use of white space

5

 

Spine

Title and Author is typed correctly

5

 

 

Title is placed in correct orientation

5

 

 

Author’s last name is listed

5

 

Cover

Title is listed

5

 

 

Author’s full name is used

5

 

 

Book Jacket Flaps

 

 

Synopsis

Writing is concise & clear, not lengthy, no misspellings or grammar issues.

10

 

 

Info was approved by LMS prior to printing

5

 

 

Stimulates interest of reader

5

 

Author Information

Picture of author

5

 

 

Basic information about author is given, no misspellings or grammar issues.

10

 

 

Other titles by author is included

5

 

 

Credit to image source & author bio is given

5

 

LPI credit

Info regarding student is typed as indicated in the above reading

10

 

 

Overall Jacket

 

 

Mylar Cover

Correctly attached (tape properly applied)

5

 

 

Tightly fit, without wrinkles

10

 

Spine Label

Typed accurately

5

 

 

Positioned correctly

5

 

 

TOTAL POINTS

135