Project The Bluest Eye

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In our study of Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye, we examined four essential questions, two of which were

  • How do we determine beauty? What is beauty?
  • How are people treated based on their appearance? Why do we treat people differently?

We will focus on these two questions in Project The Bluest Eye, a Webquest created by Cele Bisguier, a teacher at Bronx Leadership Academy in New York.


First, open the Webquest in a new tab (Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer 7) or window (Internet Explorer 6, older versions of Safari).  You can do this by right-clicking the link and selecting either "Open Link in New Window" or "Open Link in New Tab" (Windows) or mousing over the link and pressing CTRL+click, then following the same procedure (Mac).


Project The Bluest Eye


After you have opened the Webquest, read the introduction.  Please keep in mind Ms. Bisguier was addressing her own students.  You, too, as Weber School freshman are also specially selected for this task.


Next, click on Task.  Keep in mind Ms. Bisguier evaluates her students differently.  Your project will count as a major grade; please ignore any point totals on the Webquest.  You will only be writing the position paper.  In order to create the position paper, you will need to do research.


After you have read the Task, please review the Process.  The TIPS Public Policy Analyst links will help you refine your position.


Click on Resources.  Unfortunately, I do not have access to the books Ms. Bisguier mentions on this page.  Many of them are readily available in the public library, but I don't believe we have them in our library.  I would suggest doing as Ms. Bisguier instructs her own students to do and rely on Web sites.  Unfortunately, many of the links Ms. Bisguier provided no longer work, so I located some resources for you, which you can access at the bottom of this page.  Near the bottom of this page, you will notice I posted the video we watched in class before we read the book ("A Girl Like Me").


You will not find the Evaluation page on the Webquest helpful, as your evaluation will be different from that of Ms. Bisguier's students.  As Ms. Bisguier explained, you will create a public policy paper, a persuasive essay, in which you present a solution to the problem that "[t]oo many people feel pressured to alter their appearance in order to achieve social and financial success in America."


In addition to responding to this task, you will be required to demonstrate your understanding of phrases, clauses, active/passive voice, and dangling/misplaced modifiers.  To that end, your paper must include the following:


  • At least one gerund or gerund phrase
  • At least two participles or participial phrases
  • At least one infinitive or infinitive phrase
  • At least two adjective clauses
  • At least two adverb clauses
  • At least one noun clause
  • No passive voice
  • No dangling/misplaced modifiers


This sounds a lot harder than it actually is.  The verbal/verbal phrases and clauses must be clearly labeled and underlined.  For example:



After reading Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye, I realized that acceptance and beauty are linked to social and financial success in America.


See?  Easy, peasy.


Here's the catch.  Because I am testing your knowledge and application of verbals, clauses, voice, and modifiers, I cannot help you with this part.  I can help you with research, but I can't help you create an adjective clause.  You are demonstrating your immense skill with these grammatical concepts through application in your own writing, and if I help you, you won't be demonstrating anything, right?




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Web Sites


You are in no way limited to just these resources.  Some search terms you might try are "body image," "stereotyping," "media," and "beauty."



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