Independent Reading/Essay/Presentation Project<br />Ms. Chapman/Trimester 1 2010 Periods 3 and 7<br />Independent Reading: Read the assigned novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. In addition, read a book of your choice relating to the first trimester of your social studies class. For example, you may read a historical fiction book on this period, 1600-1700, or a book on a topic you are interested in about something to do with this time period, for example and invention.<br />Overview<br />You will have an opportunity to research the books about this time period or your topic in the library. Note the title of one or two books on your note card so you can check the second one out when you finish The Witch of Blackbird Pond. You will read two books this trimester. Fill out the works cited sheet for The Witch of Blackbird Pond and the second book and keep them with the note card. On Fridays, you will make entries in your Reader’s Notebook. <br />IMPORTANT: You will need to bring your book to class every Friday. Points will be given each week (10 pts. per week/100 pts for the trimester). Your Reader’s Notebook will be turned in at the end of the trimester (100 pts.).<br />Requirement<br />This assignment asks each of you to:<br /><ul><li>Read two books
The second book should be 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. </li></ul>Steps<br />Each of you must:<br /><ul><li>Read two books this trimester.
Make entries in your Reader’s Notebook each week.
Come to class at the end of the trimester having finished both books and write an essay about your topic.
Give a three minute presentation about the topic you studied from this time period and discuss why it is important or why you are interested in it. Use specific examples from your Reader’s Notebook.
The reading assignment asked you to read two books that allow you to study a time period and topic. My hope is that you learned something about your topic and why it is of interest to you. Now it’s time to write!
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.</li></ul>Presentation<br />Overview<br />The reading assignment asked you to read two books that allow you to study a topic and time period that interests you. 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 /><ul><li>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 should make eye contact with your audience
Do not read the whole speech from the note cards
75 points total </li></ul>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 or maybe you learned something about human nature. <br />Total project grading (375 pts.):<br />In-class Reader’s Notebook entry on Fridays100<br />Reader’s Notebook100<br />Essay100<br />Presentation 75<br />Standards (ELA 8th Grade)<br />2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials) Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They describe and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition, students read one million words annually on their own, including a good representation of narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information). Structural<br />2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)<br />2.2 Write responses to literature: a. Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations. b. Connect the student’s own responses to the writer’s techniques and to specific textual references. c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience. d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge.<br />1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions Students write and speak with a command of standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.<br />2.0 Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics) Students deliver well-organized formal presentations employing traditional rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, exposition, persuasion, description). Student speaking demonstrates a command of standard American English and the organizational and delivery strategies outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard 1.0.<br />2.2 Deliver oral responses to literature: a. Interpret a reading and provide insight. b. Connect the students’ own responses to the writer’s techniques and to specific textual references. c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience. d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or personal knowledge.<br />