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Creative Response Guide

The Peay Read is intended to help you open your mind to new ideas and to think critically about issues that face our society. Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele was selected for the Fall 2017 Peay Read because it presents rich themes for the reader’s consideration.

We would like you to keep topics of the book in mind as you are developing one of them into a creative response to the book. Stereotypes, diversity, positive affirmation, self-reflection, and inclusion are all themes you can chose for your response. Your response can take the form of an essay, poem, sculpture, video, photograph, choreography, musical composition, painting, drawing, or anything else you come up with!  We want to see what your mind can create.

  1. Any written creative response (essay, poem, short story, etc.) should be in a format that is compatible with Microsoft (.doc, .docx). 
  2. An essay must contain 400-700 words, be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing, and adhere to the citation style (MLA or APA, for example) the APSU 1000 instructor specifies.
  3.  If you complete a piece of art or a visual project (such as a painting or photograph), please upload a digital image of the work in an easily viewable format (.jpg, ppt.). If you create a song, dance, or other type of performance, it should be filmed and uploaded to YouTube, and the URL should be included in the written description of your project (see below).  Videos of these works are limited to three minutes in length.
  4. All projects except essays must be accompanied by a brief written description (no more than 100 words) formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing, and in the citation style (MLA or APA, for example) the APSU 1000 instructor specifies. The description should explain what the project is, why you created it, which theme(s) or topic(s) it relates to, and how it connects to a specific passage or passages in the book. You must include the page number(s) of the passage(s).  Your written description should also be in a format that is compatible with Microsoft (.doc, .docx).
  5. It is imperative that you cite the sources for your creative response properly.  You must complete the Plagiarism: Making the Right Choices tutorial (watch the video and take the quiz) via your APSU 1000 course D2L shell prior to submittal of your project.  Your APSU 1000 instructor will give you more information about this tutorial in your class.

Upon submitting this assignment you are affirming that you have read the entire Peay Read selection for this year, Whistling Vivaldi and that the work is your own.

Note: To be successful in college (and beyond), it is important that you to learn to follow instructions exactly as provided, even in producing creative works. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined above, your submittal will not be reviewed and you will not be eligible to be a winner of this year’s contest.

All projects will be reviewed by your APSU 1000 Instructor as well as the APSU 1000 Creative Response judges. These criteria are what they will be assessing in your projects:

  • Evidence of original thought and rigorous approach to interpreting the book
  • Evidence of a clear relationship to the themes in the book
  • Evidence of critical and/or creative analysis
  • Evidence of quality
  • Evidence of proper citation of sources
  • Evidence of distinctive qualityAdapted from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Life of the Mind Consortium.

Adapted from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Life of the Mind Consortium.