FMP Evaluation (Week 1)

This week we started our final major project (FMP). Although I already had plenty of initial ideas which could be potential subjects and topics of FMP such as emotion, memory…etc, I chose the topic that came up my mind this week. I chose to focus on death and the meaning of life as the topic of FMP.

After writing the draft of major project proposal (MPP), I started my research and did some practice since I wanted to create an illustrated book as the final outcome.

To start my research, I searched for published illustrated books and tried to find them to read. I found a list of 64 children’s book about death online. However, most of the books on the list seemed to be rare and I couldn’t find them in our UCA library. As a result, I went to Farnham library today. I applied for my library card and finally found many related books. These were the books that I found:

  • Death and Bereavement by Issues Vol.267
  • Where Do We Go When We Disappear? by Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso
  • Goodbye Grandma by Melanie Walsh
  • No Matter What by Debi Gliori
  • Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci and Julia Denos
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

Apart from reading books, I started to try on materials for drawing. I tried oil pastel and ink this week. (I will try on more and more materials to see which one I like the most and is suitable for my story.) Meanwhile, I kept recording my practice and research on my blog to show the research process.

I think I’ve already made a good start this week and I could tell that this topic was really my interest. I will do more research on hospice and analyse those books that I found and write blog entries for them. In addition, I will contact Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice centre to see if I could visit them as one of my research trips. If I couldn’t visit them, I would talk to the volunteers at the Phyllis Tuckwell charity shop to see if they could give me some information and advice to my project.

I think things are going well at the moment and I enjoy doing research on this topic. However, I still feel some pressure of making the outcome good and on time. Also, I hope the outcome will be the same as I expect. I will try to start writing the story as soon as possible and try to manage my time well with the time plan.

Good luck to myself!


  1. hannah Hansell

    This is a great post joyce, you move from explaination and description to analysis and evaluation effectively. Discussing what is working and why and what you are finding challenging, with suggestions of how you can move forward. Keep writing in this way and go into as much detail as possible. Best, Hannah

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    1. Thank you, Hannah!


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