AP Themes - Arias
Research on New Zealand: The Bone People
Your mission is to research about New Zealand and the Maori people. You may want to begin with general information about this country, the country that Hulme calls “godzone.” Then, narrow your focus to questions that have arisen as you’ve been reading The Bone People. What do you want to know about? See what you can find.
• Maori Moko (tattooing)
• Important Symbols (spirals, jade / greenstone, fish hooks, soul shadows, bones)
• history of the Maori--legends/creation myths
• spiritual beliefs of the Maori, their mythology, their lore (Tiki, other gods)
• current relationships between the Maori and the Pakeha (New Zealander of European descent)
• languages spoken--Where? By whom? What is the state of indigenous languages?
• living styles of New Zealanders--urban/rural
• Maori concepts of family (“whanau”)
• religious establishments--what European influences?
• economics of New Zealand
•alcoholism / child abuse
The Written Part
Write a 2 page paper that applies your research to the novel. You need to CITE your sources (2 sources minimum) when you use them (4 quotes / paraphrase from research minimum -> 4 in-text citations), and include a Works Cited Page (See Purdue Owl MLA). 12 point, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins. SUBMIT TO TURNITIN.COM.
The aim of the paper is to use your research to aid your understanding of the novel. Thus, do not write a “Look-what-I-found-in-the-library” paper. Instead choose the most interesting/relevant researched information and use it to open up further layers of meaning in the novel. That, of course, means you should ground all insights from research in the novel itself.
MAORI RESEARCH RUBRIC
SAMPLE IN-TEXT CITATION MLA FORMAT (There should be at least 4 of these in your paper).
Example with known author and page:
Studies regarding family life of the Maori suggest that “-----“ (Smith 431). This sheds light on the scenes in the novel where . . .
Example of paraphrase with no page:
According to Maori mythology, --- (Valenska).
Example of no known author of an article on a website:
Symbolically, the items shared represent “-----“ (“Jade and Other Precious Stones”).
*Always give the author’s last name and page number (if there is one). If there is no known author, include the title of the article or web page in quotations. The in-text citation should match the FIRST words of your works cited entries. Check MLA citations on Purdue OWL for details.
WORKS CITED PAGE (You should cite at least 2 sources properly)
MAORI RESEARCH RUBRIC
√ + = Exceeded Expectations
√ = Good! You did what you were supposed to do. J
√- = oops. Something went awry here.
______ All research is accurately documented
______ Research is adequately summarized so that the reader understands enough to make connections to the novel clearer
______ Research has adequate depth and scope
______ Application of research to The Bone People displays careful thought; it provides new insight to the novel.
______ Research application to The Bone People moves beyond the superficial and is grounded in specifics from the