Summer Reading Update: If You Already Read "Out of My Mind" last year, please do not repeat the assignment. Choose an alternative book from the list of authors sent via e-mail and available here. If you DIDN'T read it last year, READ IT THIS SUMMER!
Summer Reading Assignment Rising Eighth
"Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper (or "YOUR NOVEL CHOICE" by "YOUR AUTHOR CHOICE" if you did it last year.) - Annotation of Text (25 points/ due September 5, 2017) - Response to Literature Paper (25 points/ due September 10, 2017)
Read these directions all the way to the bottom of the page. Read them again. Then you can e-mail me with questions!!! firstname.lastname@example.org NEW students will still be required to read, annotate and write about this book. It is not unreasonable to ask that you have read and annotated 10 chapters by the second week of school.
This is not an assignment for which students should stress out about correctness. The assignment is about a thoughtful read of an inspiring text and a writing sample that is our starting point for writing instruction for the first quarter.
Annotation of Text (25 points/ due September 5, 2017) - Use this example if you are unfamiliar with text reference and inference. - Use this form as a template to get started. Or create a hand written replica. -Typed submissions are NOT recommended for this. While they look great and they are easier to read, it is best to hand write AS you are reading to get the real effect of seeing the reference of what the text says and THEN IMMEDIATELY making your inference based on that reference. You will not be percent graded on these, just show your ability on the process. - Only 8.5" x 11" white paper will be accepted. Do not submit posters or write in large handwriting to fill up pages. - Annotation is simply reading carefully and writing down notes about what was just read. In the first column students summarize the explicit content of the text. In the right hand column students use what they read in the text and prior knowledge to make an inference. There is no maximum or minimum to what students write while annotating. - There are not more points given for more writing. There are 33 chapters so being brief is advantageous. (We prefer not to read 65 thirty-three page reports). You do not need a full page of annotation for each chapter. Choose any 10... just not the FIRST 10! You only need enough to represent that you can identify the central idea and make an inference about it. - Inferences should contain thoughtful statements that help with the discussions and seminars we will have in class as well as the composition of the paper. - As with all HovanELA assignments there will be revisions and related non-fiction content in class instruction when we return to school.
Use one of the following topic sentence starters: - The most important lesson to learn from reading "Out of My Mind" is... - Sharon Draper brings attention to the needs of children with disabilities by.... - Melody is a character I can relate to because...
NOTE: You do not need to purchase a copy, however if you do, please donate your copy to a class set we can use as reference for preparing discussions. The Mecklenburg and Union County libraries will have long waiting lists for this book. You can use a Kindle edition.