Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Independent Novel Menu 3: The Journal Entries
Your task is to complete 10 JOURNAL RESPONSES (single-spaced, half-page, minimum in 12 point font and full-page maximum)to what you are reading. Divide your novel roughly into 10-14 sections (you have two full weeks and two weekends to complete the novel). For each entry include the date and the pages read.
To receive an "A" on this section of the menu, the student must complete 10 journal entries at an "A" level To receive a "B" the student must complete "8" journals at a "B" level. To receive a "C" the student must complete a minimum of "6" journal entries at a "C" level.
Here are some topics, ideas, activities to choose from (or you may create your own): Choose a variety! You may use one or more per entry.
• 1. Describe an experience you (or someone else you know) had that was like the experience of a character in the book.
• 2. Explain how a character in the book changed or is starting to change in the section you are using for your prompt.
• 3. Explain why you would like to have one of the characters as a friend.
• 4. Explain why you would not like to have one of the characters as a friend.
• 5. Create a diagram showing the setting(s) of the story or find some landscape images in a computer search that capture the essence of how you view the setting. Write a brief description of the role that you think the setting plays in the novel.
• 6. Sketch a scene in the book depicting a part of the plot and explain why you chose to draw this scene.
• 7. Describe a feeling or emotion that you experienced as you were reading this section and what caused this feeling.
• 8. Write your opinion to a character’s action or reaction. What would you have done the same way? What would have done differently?
• 9. Write about a connection to another book, movie, film or personal experience that you have had (think of similar characters, plots, settings and themes).
• 10. Write down a quote or passage that appeals to you. Describe why.
• 11. Write down three or four descriptive sentences that appeal to you and explain why.
• 12. Make a prediction of what is going to happen next.
• 13. Give your opinion of the author’s writing style? What images captured your interest? How did the author create suspense, mood, theme, etc.?
• 14. Chapter Naming: If your author does not provide titles for each chapter(s), how would you name the chapter in this section? What title would you provide for each
chapter that you read? List two important events (note page number and use quotes where applicable) that would be evidence to support your choices.
• 15. Quotable quotes: Identify a meaningful quote from each chapter read and explain in at least three sentences why you believe it to be significant within the novel.
• 16. If the protagonist of the novel had dinner the next day with a family member or a friend, would he/she say about the events experienced in the chapter? – use dialogue to make this come alive.
• 17. If the antagonist of the novel had dinner the next day with a family member or a friend, would he/she say about the events experienced in the chapter? – use dialogue to make this come alive.
• 18. One word: Pick one word that captures the theme or main ideas of the novel across the assigned reading for that night. Write one paragraph that incorporates textual proof and explains why selected this word.
• 19. Connection: Consider how the reading connects to a previous piece of literature read in school. This may connect to literature read in previous years.
• 20. Analyze the Writing: Using the Creative Writing/Personal Writing Rubric for 6 Trait, plus 1 Writing, analyze the section and show how you would score the section with examples from the novel.
• 21. How does the author use setting to enhance the theme of the chapter in this section of the novel? Provide specific examples.
• 22. Consider the list of the literary terms in the Literary Terms Hide and Go Seek. Choose a term and discuss how the author uses the term effectively in this section of the reading.
Tip: Do not summarize the novel here but do give examples from the novel to back up your opinion or thought.