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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Reading List 2013-14

The following titles are the required readings for the break:

Things Fall Apart ISBN-10: 0385474547

http://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371559277&sr=1-1&keywords=things+fall+apart#_

 


The Namesake ISBN-10: 0618485228

http://www.amazon.com/Namesake-Novel-Jhumpa-Lahiri/dp/0618485228/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371559143&sr=1-1&keywords=the+namesake

 


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ISBN 978-0486266885

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0486266885#_

 

PLEASE READ THESE SELECTIONS AND KNOW THEM.  YOU WILL BE TESTED AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Friday, June 14, 2013

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS


SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS

You will complete the sections of the reading analysis below for EACH of the readings, (YOU WILL HAVE THREE READING JOURNALS).  Details on specifics will follow, but these will obviously be typed.  READING JOURNALS WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  LATES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  THESE ARE THE FIRST MAJOR GRADES FOR THE NEW YEAR. 




Complete the six sections of the Summer Reading Analysis






SUMMER READING JOURNAL

STAPLE THIS SHEET ON TOP OF YOUR ANSWERS.

NAME: ______________________________________________________

BOOK TITLE: ________________________________________________

  1. To complete the book analysis you must answer one question/topic from each category.
  2. All answers must be in complete sentences.
  3. Indicate the number of the questions/topics you’re discussing on this sheet and on your answer sheet.
  4. Answers may either be typed or hand written.

Knowledge: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (5 pts each. 1 - 3 sentences)
  1. Name the characters in the story and label those who were the most important.
  2. List 5 important events in the story. (Number them.)
  3. Find and copy from the story a description of the main character. Include the character's name. You will be using quotes because you will be copying word for word from the book.

Comprehension: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (10 pts each.  3 - 5 sentences)
  1. Explain what the main conflict or problem was in the story.
  2. Predict what would happen next if there had been one more chapter. Be realistic.
  3. Tell why the main character liked or disliked another character. It’s good to include examples.

Application: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (15 pts. Each.  Short paragraph)
  1. If you had the same problem as the main character in the story, how would you solve it? Don't forget to tell what the problem is. Your reader probably doesn't know the story.
  2. Write a new ending for your story. Make it clear. Remember, your reader may not have read your book.
  3. How would the story be different if it took place in another place? Explain why.
  4. How would the story be different if it took place in another time? Explain why.

Analysis: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (20 pts. each.  2-3 paragraphs)
  1. Compare the differences in the main character from the beginning of the story to the end. Explain what caused the changes.
  2. Choose one character. Compare him or her with someone you know. First tell how they are alike. Then tell how they are different. Make your comparisons about their personalities, not just their looks. Tell why they'd like or dislike one another.
  3. Especially if you read science fiction or fantasy, compare the story to reality. Tell why certain incidents could not have happened.

Synthesis: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (20 pts each. 3-5 paragraphs or pictures on plain paper, ink and/or color.)
  1. Draw a timeline, which includes at least 10 important events in the story. Explain each. Illustrate it in color on plain white paper.
  2. Imagine yourself being added as one of the characters. Making the situation clear, write yourself into an important part of the story. (What do you do or say at this point?) You may write this like it's a play. Be sure to make it understandable for someone who hasn't read the story.

Evaluation: Question # ____CHOOSE ONE (30 pts.  5 paragraphs, with details, examples, reasons.)
  1. Defend a decision one of the characters made. Explain why it was a good or reasonable decision regardless of what the outcome would be.
  2. Which character or characters could be omitted from the story? Explain why the story would work without them.
  3. Was the main character in your story completely good? Explain why or why not.
  4. Grade the author. Justify your grade. "She made it so interesting," is not good enough. You will not be graded down if you give a lower grade. Just be sure whether it's an A, B, C, D, or F, and that you have explained why.