• 2019 Summer Reading Assignment

    SUMMER READING IS AN EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT. IT WILL REPLACE THE LOWEST TEST GRADE IN THE FIRST MARKING PERIOD AVERAGE.

    Assignment

    • Students must complete one “Two-Column Chart” (explained on the next page) for a book of fiction.The Two-Column Chart will demonstrate the students’ thinking about the text and serve as important prewriting for the first major assignment of the marking period.
    • Students will complete a short in-class book review to support peer recommendations for additional independent reading throughout the year. This is much like writing an Amazon review of the book that summarizes key elements of the story without giving away spoilers, along with sharing the reader’s opinion of the book.

     

    Directions for completing  a Two-Column Chart (AKA Double-Entry Journal)

    1.

    Divide your book into three sections. (EXPOSITION, RISING ACTION, CLIMAX)

    Your sections will not be exactly even in length and should always start with a new chapter!

    The middle section should be the longest of the three.

    Post-it your sections so you know when to write!

    2.

    As you read the first section, use post-its to mark pages where you THINK you might have found the most important moment in that section.

    You won’t know what the MOST important section is until you have read the ENTIRE SECTION.

    3.

    Once you have identified the most important moment of the first  section, use the Doc I have attached to this Classroom assignment. You will type your assignment on the Doc and turn it in through Google Classroom.

     

    In the LEFT COLUMN

    • COPY WORD FOR WORD the moment in the story you think is the most important...INCLUDE PAGE NUMBER(S).
    • Do not copy more than a page. Find the most important “moment” in the moment you chose if it’s more than one page.
    • The most important moment is one where you have as much to say as to why the passage is important. If you only have a couple of sentences to write to explain why your passage’s important, it isn’t important enough to be written about.
    • Signposts may reveal significant passages for you to cite; however, you do not have to use signposts to identify and record significant passages.



    In the RIGHT COLUMN

    • Summarize the moment you have chosen to write about. Because you are doing this, you do not need to copy pages of what you think a defining moment is. Include the characters and setting of this moment  and any other details necessary that happened before this moment to understand what you are talking about.

     

    • Explain, in your own words, why this is the most important moment in the section. In your explanation try to include;
      • the importance of your citation as it relates to a theme or main idea of the book.
      • a thoughtful response by explaining your thoughts about the importance of the citation, your connections to the citation (text-to-text or text-to-world), or your questions about the quote (what does the quote make you wonder about?).
      • inferences in this moment based on what has already happened in the novel prior to this citation.
      • The more analytical/critical your explanation, the better. Don’t just summarize the cited material.

     

    • Make a prediction as to what could happen in the next section of the novel. Predictions should be:
      • reasonable and believable.
      • Supported with an explanation.
      • Explaining what will happen after the novel ends for the final section.

     

    • This assignment will be completed in Google Docs and shared with me on the first day of school.

     

    To complete this assignment, you may wish to use Post-its, mark up the text, or record notes on a separate piece of paper while reading. Ultimately, you will complete and submit your two-column chart through Google Classroom. The two-column chart will be graded.In addition the two-column chart MAY serve as a piece of prewriting for a writing assignment in the first marking period.













    Below is a modeled response from Bridge to Terabithia, taken from the beginning, or first third of pages, of the novel.  

    Citation- copy the defining moment WORD FOR WORD and then put the page number(s) in parentheses.

    Significance- HOW and WHY is this such a defining moment at this point of the story? (summarize, infer, and predict)

       

    “Watsa matter, Fulcher?” All Jess’s anger was bubbling out. He couldn’t seem to stop the flow. “Whatsa matter? Scared to race her?”


    Fulcher’s fist went up. But Jess walked away from it. Fulcher would have let her run now, he knew. And Fulcher did, angrily and grudgingly.


    She beat him. She came in first and turned the her large shining eyes on a bunch of dumb sweating-mad faces. The Bell rang. Jess started across the lower field, his hands still deep in his pockets. She caught up with him. He took his hands out and began to trot toward the hill. She’d gotten him into enough trouble. She speeded  up and refused to be shaken off.(pg 27-28)











    In this defining moment…(Summarize the moment, and don’t be afraid to include details that happened before this moment to set up its importance.)


    On the first day of school Leslie takes on the boys during recess and wins the race, something that Jess had been planning on doing all summer!


    This is a defining moment because…(BIG PARAGRAPH! You need to explain HOW and WHY this is the MOST IMPORTANT moment in this part of the novel! Make connections to what has already happened and your own knowledge of storytelling to show that this is an important moment!)


    This is a defining moment because we learn that Leslie is different. We know she doesn’t look like the other girls, she doesn’t act like them, either. She is athletic and is faster than the boys! For the setting of the novel, this seems important. It makes her stand out, which may or may not be a good thing for her. When she wins she doesn’t brag, but continues to follow Jess. She doesn’t look or act like the other girls, and that will be important to her character and the plot. The last sentence really describes her, “She speeded up and refused to be shaken off.” This could be a good or bad quality later on in the story, or both.



    I predict…(Based on this moment, what SPECIFICALLY could happen because  of this moment for the characters and plot of the story.)


    Fulcher is not going to let himself be beaten by a girl go by easily. There may be payback to Leslie, and if she does become friends with Jess, and I think that will happen, then Fulcher may be a problem for both of them in the novel. Since Jess isn’t like everyone else, he likes to draw, I see him becoming friends with the girl who doesn’t fit in.















    Two-Column Chart Checklist

     

    NOVEL

    Do your entries...

    Got it!

    Almost there...

    Getting there...

    Barely there

    Not there

    Include citations that cover the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? (divide your book’s page numbers into “equal” thirds)

             

    Represent significant moments in the novel?

             

    Summarize the scene that your moment occurred in the first paragraph of your response?

             

    Clearly explain in the second paragraph through the use of inference and background knowledge how and/or why the moment you chose is so important to the novel? (character development, plot development, theme?...)

             

    Contain textual evidence to support your explanation in the second paragraph of your response.

             

    Clearly explain in the third paragraph at least one prediction about the story’s development that could be made based on your choice of defining moment and explanation from the first two paragraphs?

             






    THE LIST - If I don’t approve a book by the last day of school, you MUST choose from this list!

     

    Wonder- Raquel J Palacio

     

    Maniac Magee- Jerry Spinelli

     

    Holes- Louis Sachar

     

    Freak the Mighty- Rodman Philbrick

     

    A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L’engle

     

    The Wild Things- Dave Eggers

     

    Harry Potter series (any book) JK Rowling

     

    Hunger Games series (any book) Suzanne Collins

     

    Percy Jackson series (any book) Rick Riordan

     

    Divergent series (any book) Veronica Roth

     

    Tangerine- Edward Bloor

     

    Scrawl- Mark Shulman

     

    The Fault in Our Stars- John Green (eighth grade only)

     

    Cut- Patricia McCormick (eighth grade only)

     

    Any novel by Gary Paulsen EXCEPT Hatchet

    Any novel by SE Hinton EXCEPT The Outsiders

    Any novel by Lois Lowry EXCEPT The Giver and Number the Stars

    Any novel by Sharon Creech EXCEPT Walk Two Moons

    Any novel by AVI

    Any novel by Jerry Spinelli

    Any novel by Louis Sachar

    Any novel by John Green (eighth grade only)






    If you are not sure how to fill this chart out:

     

    • Type your work on this Doc and TURN IT IN THROUGH CLASSROOM.
    • Read the directions page in Classroom!
    • Check out the example on the last page of this Doc after the checklist!

     

     

    FIRST SECTION OF THE NOVEL

    Citation- copy the defining moment WORD FOR WORD and then put the page number(s) in parentheses.

    Significance- HOW and WHY is this such a defining moment at this point of the story? (summarize, infer, and predict)

       










    In this defining moment…(Summarize the moment.)



    This is a defining moment because…(explain HOW and WHY this is the MOST IMPORTANT moment in this part of the novel!)




    I predict…(what SPECIFICALLY could happen because of this moment for the characters and plot of the story.)



     

    SECOND SECTION OF THE NOVEL

    Citation- copy the defining moment WORD FOR WORD and then put the page number(s) in parentheses.

    Significance- HOW and WHY is this such a defining moment at this point of the story? (summarize, infer, and predict)

       










    In this defining moment…(Summarize the moment.)



    This is a defining moment because…(explain HOW and WHY this is the MOST IMPORTANT moment in this part of the novel!)




    I predict…(what SPECIFICALLY could happen because of this moment for the characters and plot of the story.)



     

    LAST SECTION OF THE NOVEL

    Citation- copy the defining moment WORD FOR WORD and then put the page number(s) in parentheses.

    Significance- HOW and WHY is this such a defining moment at this point of the story? (summarize, infer, and predict)

       










    In this defining moment…(Summarize the moment.)



    This is a defining moment because…(explain HOW and WHY this is the MOST IMPORTANT moment in this part of the novel!)




    I predict…(what SPECIFICALLY could happen because of this moment for the characters and plot of the story.)





    Summer Reading Checklist



    Two-Column Chart Checklist

     

    NOVEL

    Do your entries...

    Got it!

    Almost there...

    Getting there...

    Barely there

    Not there

    Include citations that cover the beginning, middle, and end of the novel? (divide your book’s page numbers into “equal” thirds)

             

    Represent significant moments in the novel?

             

    Summarize the scene that your moment occurred in the first paragraph of your response?

             

    Clearly explain in the second paragraph through the use of inference and background knowledge how and/or why the moment you chose is so important to the novel? (character development, plot development, theme?...)

             

    Contain page numbered textual evidence to support your explanation in the second paragraph of your response.

             

    Clearly explain in the third paragraph at least one prediction about the story’s development that could be made based on your choice of defining moment and explanation from the first two paragraphs?

             





    MODEL FROM BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA TO HELP YOU OUT

    Citation- copy the defining moment WORD FOR WORD and then put the page number(s) in parentheses.

    Significance- HOW and WHY is this such a defining moment at this point of the story? (summarize, infer, and predict)

       

    “Watsa matter, Fulcher?” All Jess’s anger was bubbling out. He couldn’t seem to stop the flow. “Whatsa matter? Scared to race her?”


    Fulcher’s fist went up. But Jess walked away from it. Fulcher would have let her run know, he knew. And Fulcher did, angrily and grudgingly.


    She beat him. She came in first and turned the her large shining eyes on a bunch of dumb sweating-mad faces. The Bell rang. Hess started across the lower field, his hands still deep in his pockets. SHe caught up with him. He took his hands out and began to trot toward the hill. She’d gotten him into enough trouble. She speeded  up and refused to be shaken off.(pg 27-28)











    In this defining moment…(Summarize the moment, and don’t be afraid to include details that happened before this moment to set up its importance.)


    On the first day of school Leslie takes on the boys during recess and wins the race, something that Jess had been planning on doing all summer!


    This is a defining moment because…(BIG PARAGRAPH! You need to explain HOW and WHY this is the MOST IMPORTANT moment in this part of the novel! Make connections to what has already happened and your own knowledge of storytelling to show that this is an important moment!)


    This is a defining moment because we learn that Leslie is different. We know she doesn’t look like the other girls, she doesn’t act like them, either. She is athletic and is faster than the boys! For the setting of the novel, this seems important. It makes her stand out, which may or may not be a good thing for her. When she wins she doesn’t brag, but continues to follow Jess. She doesn’t look or act like the other girls, and that will be important to her character and the plot. The last sentence really describes her, “She speeded up and refused to be shaken off.” This could be a good or bad quality later on in the story, or both.



    I predict…(Based on this moment, what SPECIFICALLY could happen because  of this moment for the characters and plot of the story.)


    Fulcher is not going to let himself be beaten by a girl go by easily. There may be payback to Leslie, and if she does become friends with Jess, and I think that will happen, then Fulcher may be a problem for both of them in the novel. Since Jess isn’t like everyone else, he likes to draw, I see him becoming friends with the girl who doesn’t fit in.