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Lockie Leonard Assignment May 31, 2007

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Here is a copy of the Lockie Leonard assignment. I’ll also put this up on Studywiz, when I can get it working on my computer. You can see an example of how to complete Part One of Part One below.
Lockie Leonard Assignment

Lockie Leonard Assignment Part One: Self Portrait May 31, 2007

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Here is my Self-Portrait, followed by a guide as to what the images are and why I chose them.

Mr B’s Self Portrait

Mr B’s Self Portrait Key

1. This is a “collage portrait” of myself, put together from a few different images. The head is from an actor called Paul McGann who looks a bit like me, with some glasses superimposed from another picture. I wasn’t going to put the glasses on at first as I prefer to think of myself without them but I suppose I am wearing them more and more as I get older. I added the body of another actor wearing a leather jacket as I have worn leather jackets since I was about 18 and don’t seem to be recovering from that obsession. The lower half consist of jeans and some Converse All Stars, which I also tend to wear a lot.

I also quite liked the pose I managed to put together as I feel it’s quite a playful pose, but also quite a strong one. These are two words I would probably use to describe myself.

2. Music has always been very important to me. I worked in a record shop for years and still write as a music journalist for an international magazine. Although I mostly listen to music on my ipod, I still prefer to buy albums on vinyl. This is because I’m very old.

3. This is a picture of my girlfriend pretending to be a lioness at a zoo in Washington. I included it because we’ve been together for years and years and she’s obviously very important to me. Also, I think it’s a good picture of her as it’s silly and fierce at the same time – two adjectives I would use when describing her!

4. Converse All Stars (see my description for Point 1)

5. Friends. These are two of my friends I’ve known for years. I’m very grateful to have such wonderful friends and feel they are a very important part of my life.

6. These are two paintings by artists I really like. The one on the left is by a street artist called Banksy and it’s actually painted on the wall that seperates Palestine from Israel. It has a wonderful contrast between ugliness and beauty, which appeals to me. The painting on the left is by an American Artist called Edward Hopper and is called Nighthawks. I find his work very moody.

7. There are three pictures here from some of my favourite TV shows. I think the TV shows people choose to watch tells us a lot about them. The three I’ve picked are Doctor Who (which is very imaginative), The Mighty Boosh (which is also imaginative and silly) and Black Books. I sometimes worry I am more like the (rather rude) lead character in Black Books than I should be.

8. These are pictures from two of my favourite films, Withnail & I and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I think the theme that links both films and appeals to me is that of friendship in difficult circumstances.

9. This is Battersea Power Station in London. I used to live very close to it and have always found it a magnificent building.

10. This is a sculpture on Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Western Australia. I grew up here.

11. These are two of my favourite pieces of clothing, my long leather coat and and argyle vest.

12. This is a picture of an albino wombat. I think I like this picture because it’s one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.

13. Books. I put these in to represent the fact that I’m an English teacher.

The Game of Your (Feudal) Life May 23, 2007

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The PLAN:
We’re going to be creating board games based on life during the Middle Ages, under the Feudal System. The game is going to be based on an old board game called The Game of Life. At the beginning of the game each player will need to be given a role, for example:
Noble, Knight or Peasant

Each player will have to move along a set path from birth to death, enduring a number of life events along the way. These events will be defined by squares that players land on and cards they are given.

THE GOAL:

There are two goals:
1) To survive to the end without dying from disease or being killed by barbarians
2) To have more Faith Points than Sin Points to make sure you go to Heaven and not Hell.

HOW TO PLAY:
Each player needs to be given their role. You decide how. The player then moves along a set path, each square of which either rewards or penalises the player.
There are different points that can be earned. Faith or Sin Points, which will determine if you go to Hell; and Wealth or Food Points which will determine if you starve or live well.
Your players should also be able to choose if they want to get children. More children will mean that the player will have more workers but they will also cost them Food/Wealth points.
You will need to decide how these points will be awarded or deducted.

The Cards:
When a player lands on a certain square, they have to take a card from a number of piles. These cards need to reflect events or problems that people in the Middle Ages would have to deal with. For this reason, your cards should be in the following categories.
FAITH (These should be how you earn Faith or Sin Points)
WEALTH (These should be how your earn Wealth Points that will allow you to survive hardships)
HARDSHIPS (These are like CHANCE cards in Monopoly)

The Tricky Bit:
Each card must have options for whatever position the player holds in society. For example:

feudal-life-cards.jpg

You might find that some cards will cause Nobles to benefit but will provide hardship for Knights and Peasants (Or Vice Versa.)

What the game will look like:
Is up to you. Make it as colourful and interesting as you can. You will also need to decide what events you can include that will affect your players and how points are awarded. HAVE FUN!

The Teams:

LEFT
1. Design: Alex, John, Sam
2. Cards: Billy and Glen
3. Instructions and Obstacles: Damien and Randal

RIGHT
1. Design: Stephanie and Amy
2. Cards: Matt, Alan, Jodie and Kristin
3. Instructions and Obstacles: Brad, Zoe and Belinda

Book Review May 22, 2007

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You’ve all had plenty of time to read a few books now, so it’s time for you to choose one of them to review. You can write on any book you’ve read, including Lockie Leonard.
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We’ve already written film reviews, so you should have a good idea of what you’ll need to do. Like last time, we’ll start by answering some questions:

What
• What are you reviewing? What is it about? What’s the plot?

• What genre does it fit?

• What is the tone? (Is it funny or scary or sad or exciting?)

When and Where questions

• When does the action take place?

• Where does the action take place?

Who questions

• Who wrote it? What else have they done?

• Who are the main characters?

• Who’s the intended audience? (Is the book written for children, Young Adults etc.)

• Who has said what about this? Why? (You’ll need to research some reviews on the internet)

How questions

• How does it convey its tone? Is it successful in making the reader feel a certain way? (eg. Which events are exciting or sad or funny? Does the way things are written about make the audience feel a particular emotion?)

Evaluation questions

• Did I like this in general? Why?

• What specifically did I like/dislike? Why?

• How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?

The Time of Your (Feudal) Life May 15, 2007

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Write a 1 Page Description of life as a peasant, noble or knight from birth to death. You should describe the hardship or events they have to go through.

Some Useful Google Search terms:
life of a medieval knight, life of a medieval peasant, middle ages, feudal society

Some helpful links:
Life in the Middle Ages
Knight Life
Feudalism at Wikipedia
Knighthood and Feudalism
Vassals