Novel Project

English II Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) Project
There are three parts to this assignment – a novel report, a creative response, and an author report.

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday you will be required to bring a novel to read (not a magazine, newspaper, or comic book, etc.). You will read the novel silently for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you will be required to complete a reading log. The reading logs will be collected every Friday. You must keep up with your reading logs even when you are absent.

You will be required to independently read one fiction novel. The novel must be a minimum of 150 pages. You may choose any novel as long as it is approved by your parent/guardian. You will also be required to complete three assignments for this project: a novel report, a creative response, and an author report.
Due Dates for the three parts of the assignment:

Novel chosen and approved by parent/guardian:
Wednesday, March 18th
Novel Report due:

Tuesday, May 12th
Creative Response due:

Tuesday, May 12th
Author Research Project due dates:

Beginning on March 27th – see chart on pages 3 and 4 for your specific date.

All about the Novel Report
Due: Tuesday, May 12th
100 points
Please read the instructions and complete the novel report on separate paper. Please follow the instructions.
I. Your report should have a creative cover that is visually appealing and is also representative of what the story is about. This cover can be hand created, computer generated or designed in any other way. The cover should include the title of the book and the author.
II. You will need to make the first page after the cover a blank sheet. This page is where I will make comments and list the grade.
III. For the first page of the actual report, list the following information (5 points):
your name, the book’s title, the author, the publisher, the copyright date, the publisher’s location and the number of pages.
The information for the cover page should be centered horizontally and vertically.
IV. For the next section of the report, please answer each of the following questions in complete sentences (15 points):
a. What made you choose this book?
b. Was this book challenging to you? Why or why not?
c. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
V. For the next section of the report, please answer each of the following questions in a complete paragraph in Schaffer format (see below). (40 points)
a. Explain the plot, or sequence of events in the story. Be clear and brief.
b. What was your favorite part of the story, why was it significant to you?
c. Describe the main character’s personality and physical characteristics.
VI. For the final portion of the report, please explain in no less than two paragraphs and no more than five,
what you felt was the theme, the author’s message, main point of idea, of the story. How did the author communicate the theme to the reader? The paragraphs should be in Schaffer format (see below). (40 points)

All about the Creative Response
Due: Tuesday, May 12th
100 points
You will choose one project from the creative response projects attached to this assignment. Each response is worth 100 points. The grading rubric for each response is included in the description of the project.

All about the Author Research Projects
Due: Beginning on March 27th – see the chart on page 3.
100 points
Each of you will also be required to research the author of the novel that you are reading for SSR.
You will be giving a presentation to the class.
The presentations will be five minutes in length.
Students will present beginning Friday, March 27th (see the chart on page 3).
The author research projects must include the following:
A one page typed biography describing the author’s life. You do not have to read the entire biography to the class during your presentation, but I will collect the writing. A self-produced visual presentation—this can be a poster board collage, a PowerPoint presentation, a short video, etc. An MLA formatted works cited page—you must document where you found your information.

You will be graded on your essay, your presentation, and your project.
The project will be worth 100 points
Essay: 40 points Presentation: 40 points MLA sources citation: 20 points
Here are the dates for your author research presentations:
[Students Name and Dates in a table]

Late work will handled according to the syllabus:
Any assignment where the student has one week or more notice of the due date must be turned in on or before the day it is due, regardless of whether the student is present at school or not on the due date. Assignments not turned in on the due date will be considered late.

Schaffer ―One-Chunk Body Paragraph‖
YOUR PARAGRAPH IS TO FOLLOW THIS FORMAT IN THE SAME ORDER
TS = Topic Sentence tells what your paragraph is about the first sentence in a paragraph Must have a SUBJECT and an OPINION (commentary) for the paragraph It does the same thing for a body paragraph that the thesis does for the whole essay
CD = Concrete Detail The ―what?‖ Stuff from the story; you will paraphrase or quote a CD (cite the source, if directly quoted) Can be:
□ Facts
□ Examples
□ Illustrations
□ Evidence
□ Support
CM = Commentary Sentence
―This shows that…‖ Stuff from your head – your thoughts about the CD The ―so what?‖ Can be:
□ Inference
□ Analysis
□ Interpretation
□ Your opinion
□ Insight
□ Reasons
CM = Commentary Sentence
―This is because…‖ Same as above
CS = Concluding Sentence
―As a result…‖
 Wraps up your paragraph
 The last sentence in a body paragraph
 It is ALL commentary
 Does not repeat key words
 Gives a ―finished feeling‖ to the paragraph
Here are the choices for the creative response:

Creative Response Choice #1: Analysis of Character Development
You will be expected to identify a minimum of five events that helped shape the character into the person he or she is by the end of the book.
Directions:
1. You may complete the assignment of a piece of poster board or by creating a chart on the computer.
2. Your chart should include the following:
□Quotations
□Plot reference
□Plot summary (but remember, in just one sentence)
□What really happens in the story
□Reflection or personal response
□Figurative language connections
□What the CD shows you
□Why the CD is important
□A character’s feelings (“This shows that George feels…”)
□Comments!
a. Identification and focus on just one character from the novel
b. A minimum of five traits that can be used to describe the chosen character
c. Key decisions or events from the novel that provide evidence of each character trait
d. Explanation and analysis of how the decision or event helped define the character and show change over the time of the novel
Use the following chart to help you organize your thoughts:

Character Trait
Key Decision and/or Event that Shows the Character Trait
What this tells the Reader about the Character
SCORING RUBRIC for Analysis of Character Development
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Chart names the character to be analyzed
10
Chart lists a minimum of five character traits
10
Chart includes key decisions/events that provide evidence of each character trait
10
Information from the novel that is used as supporting evidence is accurate
10
Chart includes a logical explanation and analysis of how the decision or event helped shape the character
10
Analysis shows how the character changes over the time of the novel
10

Information in the chart is well organized and easy to follow
10
Information in the chart is neat and easy to read
10
Information in the chart has few spelling, capitalization, or punctuation errors
10
Information in the chart has few grammatical errors
10

Creative Response Choice #2 —ABC’s
For this project you will summarize important information from the novel in a creative manner. You will identify important people, places, and events from the novel that start with each letter of the alphabet. You will then transfer the information to a piece of poster board.
Directions:
1. Your ABC list should be presented on a piece of poster board.
2. For each letter of the alphabet, be sure to write a word, phrase, or sentence that tells about important people, places, and events from the novel.
3. Your list should include the following:
a. Twenty-six phrases or sentences that tell about important people, places, and events from the novel
b. Phrases and sentences that start with the corresponding letter
c. An emphasis on important elements from the novel
d. A list that works together as a summary of the novel
Use the following planning sheet for ABC’s project:
A_______________________________________________________________________
B_______________________________________________________________________
C_______________________________________________________________________
D_______________________________________________________________________
E_______________________________________________________________________
F_______________________________________________________________________
G_______________________________________________________________________
H_______________________________________________________________________
I________________________________________________________________________
J________________________________________________________________________
K_______________________________________________________________________
L_______________________________________________________________________
M_______________________________________________________________________
N_______________________________________________________________________
O_______________________________________________________________________
P_______________________________________________________________________
Q_______________________________________________________________________
R_______________________________________________________________________
S_______________________________________________________________________
T_______________________________________________________________________
U_______________________________________________________________________
W______________________________________________________________________
X_______________________________________________________________________
Y_______________________________________________________________________
Z_______________________________________________________________________

SCORING RUBRIC for ABC’s
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
List includes 26 people, places, and/or events from the novel
10
List includes only important people, places, and/or events
10
Information from the novel corresponds with each letter on the list
10
List is creative, interesting, and meaningful
10
List includes accurate information from the novel
10
List is well organized and easy to understand
10
List is neat and easy to read
10
List has few spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors
10
List has few grammatical errors
10
The project looks like significant time was spent on it

Creative Response Choice #3 —Campaign Plan
This project should be used with a book that addresses a serious social issue. It gives you the opportunity to learn about things that are serious concerns for society as a whole, while encouraging you to help find answers/solutions to the problem.
Directions:
1. You will serve as a campaign manager for an important social issue presented in the novel that you read.
2. As the campaign manager, it is your job to increase community awareness about this issue and suggest a solution/answer to the problem.
3. Your campaign should include:
a. Valuable information and statistics gathered from research
b. Explanation of the connection to the novel
c. The names of the characters that are involved with the issue in the novel
d. At least three strategies for ways to increase awareness about the issue
e. At least one viable solution/answer to the problem
4. Use the following chart to help you plan:
Campaign Plan
Campaign topic
(What is the social issue presented in the novel?)
Campaign Strategies
(How should you increase awareness about the social issue?)
Possible Solutions/Answers to Problem
(What can people do to help solve the problem?)

Supporting Research
Source
Statistics or Other Factual Data
Your grade will be based on the following rubric.

SCORING RUBRIC for Campaign Plan
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Campaign addresses an important social issue
10
Connection between the novel and campaign issue is obvious
10
Information gathered from research is accurate and relevant
10
Campaign sticks to the topic throughout
10
Campaign is creative, interesting, meaningful, and persuasive
10
Campaign is well organized and easy to follow
10
Campaign has an effective balance and transition into the setting of the novel
10
Campaign uses characters that are involved with the issue in the novel
10
Campaign includes at least three strategies for ways to increase awareness about the issue
10
Campaign suggests at least one viable solution/answer to the problem
10

Creative Response Choice #4 —Newspaper Article
This assessment gives you the opportunity to practice journalistic writing techniques while studying an important time period in history. The purpose is to identify areas of a novel that would be considered newsworthy events. You will be writing a newspaper story that tells important events from the novel.
Directions:

1. Inform the audience about the important events described in the book. Incorporate quotes from characters and include relevant details.
2. The news story should provide a summary of the major events described in the novel.
3. Your newspaper article should include:
a. A main article that summarizes the major events in the novel
b. Other sections of the newspaper such as sports, living, local news, horoscopes, classified ads, etc.
c. The articles and advertisements should represent the time period of the book and tell about important people, places, and events.
4. Use the following chart to help you plan:
Content
Subject of Article
Connection to Novel
Characters
Setting
Important Quotes
Organization
Paragraph One
Paragraph Two
Paragraph Three
Paragraph Four
Paragraph Five
Paragraph Six

Your grade will be based on the following rubric.

SCORING RUBRIC for Newspaper Article
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Article addresses an important event or series of events from the novel
10
Article sticks to the topic throughout
10
Article looks like it came from a newspaper
10
Article is interesting and informative
10
Article includes accurate information and relevant examples from the novel
10
Article is well organized, flows smoothly, and is easy to follow
10
Article includes relevant quotes from characters
10
Article is neat and easy to read
10
Article has few spelling, capitalization, and punctuation errors
10
Article has few grammatical errors

Creative Response Choice #5 – Obituary
This assessment allows you to tell the life story of a character from the novel. The character does not have to be deceased. You can create an obituary based on what you know about the character, as well as the predictions you make about the character.
Directions:
5. Include important information about the life of the character you have chosen.
6. The information should include, but is not limited to, the character’s name, date of birth, date of death, age at death, cause of death, parent’s names, the names of any surviving relatives, place of residence, and any of the character’s accomplishments/achievements.
7. Use the following to help you plan
Name of the character
Date of birth
Date of death
Age at the time of death
Cause of death
Education
Occupation
Major accomplishments/achievements
Names of character’s parents
Names of the character’s closest surviving relatives
Place of residence
Place of funeral/burial
Your grade will be based on the following rubric.

SCORING RUBRIC for Obituary
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Obituary is about a specific character from the novel
30
Obituary includes important information about the character’s life and death Date of birth Date of death Age at the time of death Cause of death Education Occupation Major accomplishments and/or achievements Names of the character’s parents Names of the closest surviving relatives Places of residence Place of funeral/burial
30
Obituary includes accurate information or logical predictions based on the text of the story
20
Tone of the obituary is appropriate
5
Obituary is neat and easy to read
5
Obituary does not include irrelevant information or information about other characters
10

Creative Response Choice #6 – Children’s Book
This assessment involves having you write a modified version of the novel you have studied. You must decide which events are the most important in understanding the plot of the story. Use these events to create a children’s version of the novel.
Directions:
1. Your version of the novel should include dialogue and illustrations that would be appealing to young children.
2. Use vocabulary and sentences that are appropriate for young readers.
3. Tell the plot of the novel in a simple but interesting way.
4. Your book should include:
a. A minimum of 10 pages
b. An original and creative title
c. An interesting retelling of the important events from the novel
d. The main characters from the novel
e. Simple and easy-to-understand vocabulary and sentences
f. Attractive illustrations
5. Use the following chart to help you plan:
Event
Main Characters
Setting
Your grade will be based on the following rubric.

SCORING RUBRIC for Children’s Book
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Book includes a minimum of ten pages
10
Book has an original and creative title
10
Book has an interesting retelling of the important events from the novel
10
Book is well organized and events follow the same sequence as the novel
10
Book includes main characters from the novel
10
Book is creative, interesting, and age-appropriate
10
Book has easy-to-understand vocabulary and sentences
10
Book includes attractive illustrations
10
Book is neat and easy to read
10
Book has few spelling, capitalization, grammatical, and punctuation errors
10
A traditional children’s book follows a 32-page format. You are not required to create 32 pages, but I am including the layout so you may follow the general format for your project.

Creative Response Choice #7 – Advertisement
This assessment will allow you to use your creativity to advertise a novel. The purpose of the advertisement is to stress the good points of the novel using what you learned from reading the book. You can either do a television commercial or printed advertisement.
Directions:
1. The advertisement should be used to persuade people to read the novel.
2. You need to incorporate quotes from real or imaginary critics and individuals who have read the novel.
3. Mention any awards the author has won for writing the book.
4. Include a brief summary that will encourage people to read the novel.
5. You must use effective persuasive techniques.
6. A good place to look for ideas, technique, and formatting is on the back page, and the inside front cover of books.
Your grade will be based on the following rubric:

SCORING RUBRIC for Advertisement
CRITERIA
POSSIBLE NUMBER OF POINTS
SCORE
Information about the novel is presented as a printed advertisement or television commercial/promotion
10
Advertisement includes at least five reasons to read the novel
10
Advertisement includes accurate information about the novel and author
10
Advertisement includes the author’s name
5
Advertisement is creative, interesting, and well organized
10
Advertisement uses quotes from real or imaginary critics
5
Advertisement uses quotes from real or imaginary people who have read the novel
10
Advertisement includes a brief, but interesting, summary of the novel
15
Advertisement names awards the author has earned for writing this novel
10
Advertisement shows an effective use of persuasive techniques
15

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