Grade 12 Independent Reading: Topic of Interest<br />Ms. Bell/Semester 1 2010<br />Overview<br />From your topic interest note card, choose one topic to read about. You will have an opportunity to research the books about your topic in the library. Select one book on that topic from the library to check out. Note the title of both books on your note card so you can check the second one out when you finish this one. You will need to read two books about your topic this semester. These books may be fiction or non-fiction. The books must not be two of the same type, such as two biographies on the same person. Fill out the works cited sheet for both books and keep them with the note card. <br />Choosing books: for example, one student chose soccer as his topic. He chose to read a novel (fiction) about a character who plays soccer and a biography (non-fiction) on Pelé. <br />IMPORTANT: You will need to bring your book to class every Tuesday and Thursday. Points will be given each day (10 pts. per week/100 pts for the semester). Your Reader’s Notebook will be turned in at the end of the semester (100 pts.)<br />Requirements<br />This assignment asks each of you to:<br />
Read two books on a topic that you find interesting.
The books may be fiction or non-fiction.
Choose books appropriate to your age and reading level. Each book should be a full-length, well-written, serious book.
Fill out the works cited form for each book. You will need this for the essay at the end.
Make entries in your Reader’s Notebook each week.
Steps<br />Each of you must:<br />
Read two books this semester.
Bring your book every Tuesday and Thursday.
Make entries in your Reader’s Notebook each week.
Come to class at the end of the semester having finished both books and write an essay about your topic.
Give a three minute presentation about the topic you studied and discuss why it is important or why you are interested in it. Use specific examples from your Reader’s Notebook.
Topic of Interest Essay
The Topic of Interest assignment asked you to choose two books that allow you to study a topic that interests you. My hope is that you learned something about your topic and why it is of interest to you. Now it’s time to write!
This in-class essay has several goals. Specifically, you should:
Establish a focus for your paper. What is important about your topic (thesis statement)? (20 pts.)
Organize your ideas effectively to communicate them. What points do you want to make about your topic (body)? (20 pts.)
In the body of the essay, develop your points by providing examples and quotations from your Reader’s Notebook then explain how these relate to your main focus-thesis statement. (20 pts.)
Show that you read and understood the books you chose. (20 pts.)
Include the Works Cited information from the forms you filled out on each book. (20 pts.)
100 points total
Use the following guidelines to prepare and write your essay in class (500-700 words):
Write an Introduction that tells us:
who or what topic you read about,
refer to the titles and authors of the books you read,
why you read about this topic, and
why this topic is important (not just to you, but to others).
Identify the points you want to make about this topic.
Establish a clear and effective focus in each paragraph.
Example: The character, Tony, in the novel and Pelé both had to overcome an obstacle. They both grew up very poor.
Provide examples from your Reader’s Notebook.
Explain how these examples relate to your main idea-thesis statement.
Discuss the importance of this topic. For example, discuss how the characters or people overcome obstacles to succeed.
Write a concluding paragraph in which you identify and discuss the lessons you learned from reading about this topic and how they might relate to your own life now or in the future.
Topic of Interest Presentation<br />Overview<br />The Topic of Interest assignment asked you to choose two books that allow you to study a topic that you find interesting. My hope is that you learned something about your topic and why it is of interest to you and others. Now it’s time to present!<br />Requirement<br />
This assignment asks each of you to:
Give a three-four minute presentation on your topic. (25 pts.)
This presentation is formal and should be well-organized. (25 pts.)
You may use a visual, but it is optional.
You may use up to five note cards to guide your speech.
Use formal speaking strategies (25 pts.)
Use correct grammar and Standard English (no slang).
Use good voice projection.
You should make eye contact with your audience.
Do not read the whole speech from the note cards.
75 points total
Steps<br />Introduce your topic, refer to the titles and authors of the books you read, explain why you chose this topic, and explain why it is important to you and to others-thesis statement.<br />Identify the points you want to make about the topic and provide examples for each point from your Reader’s Notebook and note the source. Explain how these points relate to your main idea-thesis statement.<br />Conclude your presentation by discussing what you learned from reading these two books and how they relate to your life now or in the future: maybe they inspired you because you strive to play in the World Cup.<br />Total project grading (375 pts.):<br />In-class reading on Tuesday and Thursday100 pts.<br />Reader’s Notebook100 pts.<br />Essay100 pts.<br />Presentation 75 pts.<br />Topic of Interest Independent Reading, Essay, Presentation Assignment<br />California State Standards<br />Standards (ELA 12th Grade)<br />2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)<br />Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They analyze the organizational patterns, arguments, and positions advanced. The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition, by grade twelve, students read two million words annually on their own, including a wide variety of classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, and online information.<br />2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) <br />Students combine the rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description to produce texts of at least 1,500 words each. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.<br /> <br />Using the writing strategies of grades eleven and twelve outlined in Writing Standard 1.0, students will do the following:<br />2.2 Write responses to literature: <br />a. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the significant ideas in works or passages. <br />b. Analyze the use of imagery, language, universal themes, and unique aspects of the text. <br />c. Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references to the text and to other works. <br />d. Demonstrate an understanding of the author’s use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created. <br />e. Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the text.<br />2.3 Write reflective compositions: <br />b. Draw comparisons between specific incidents and broader themes that illustrate the writer’s important beliefs or generalizations about life. <br />2.6 Deliver multimedia presentations: a. Combine text, images, and sound and draw information from many sources (e.g., television broadcasts, videos, films, newspapers, magazines, CD-ROMs, the Internet, electronic media-generated images). b. Select an appropriate medium for each element of the presentation. c. Use the selected media skillfully, editing appropriately and monitoring for quality. d. Test the audience’s response and revise the presentation accordingly. <br />Written and Oral English Language Conventions<br />The standards for written and oral English language conventions have been placed between those for writing and for listening and speaking because these conventions are essential to both sets of skills. <br />Written and Oral English Language Conventions <br />Students write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions.<br />2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) <br />Students deliver polished formal and extemporaneous presentations that combine the traditional rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. Student speaking demonstrates a Students command of standard American English and the organizational and delivery strategies outlined in Listening and Speaking 1.0.<br />1.0 Speaking Standard <br />Using the speaking strategies of grade eleven and twelve outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard 1.0, students: write and speak with a command of Standard English conventions appropriate to the grade level. <br />