Enrichment Reading 7
March 17-27 Optional Activities:
1. Read a book. Here is a link to the MS/HS library e-book collection on Overdrive: http://caiu15.lib.overdrive.com/.
Students may use their district credentials to login. You might want to try one or more of the following classics:
20,000 Leagues under the Sea, by Jules Verne
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London.
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling
The Light in the Forest, by Conrad Richter
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (great book for boys!)
The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
The Yearling, by Margorie Kinnan Rawlings
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Or these "not-classics":
Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
The Mark of the Thief (trilogy) by Jennifer A Nielsen
Inkheart (trilogy) by Cornelia Funke
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
2. Due March 27: Submit a short story, poem and/or essay to the AuthorSHIP contest. You may submit one work in each category. Here's the link: https://form.jotform.com/92955888496181.
You will need to download your Google doc as a Word doc before you can upload the file to the contest.
March 30-April 3 Optional Assignments
1. Character RANSOM POETRY
Have you ever seen a ransom note in a movie or TV show? A typical ransom note is a message made up of cutout letters, words, and pictures that is supposed to disguise the handwriting of the criminal. Create a poem using this ransom note style (that means cutting out letters, words, & images from magazines and newspapers OR using either Google drawing or another app) that describes a character from a short story of novel that you’ve read. If you’re able, share your ransom note with me (you could take a picture of it); use email@example.com, as usual.
2. ALTERNATE ENDING
Select a short story or novel that you have studied in English or reading class, and rewrite the ending. The ending should be a minimum of two pages. While you are changing the end of the story, the tone and attitude of the characters must be consistent with the characters in the text. The same applies to setting details. Stretch your skills as a writer by writing the ending in the same style as the author. Share your alternate ending with me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. CREATIVE WRITING USING VOCABULARY
See the Vocabulary Writing Activity power point below. Choose one image as the basis for a short story or narrative poem featuring a minimum of 10 new vocabulary words from your Miss Peregrine's list. Share your creative writing with me (via email@example.com).
4. NON-FICTION BOOK PROJECT
Looking for more extensive work? Take a break from reading fiction, and read a non-fiction book. This would include biography, autobiography, memoir, journalism, as well as books on art, politics, history, science, and technology. Visit the Camp Hill online library for a great selection of books. Here is a link to the MS/HS library e-book collection on Overdrive: http://caiu15.lib.overdrive.com/. Students may use their district credentials to login. After you read, complete one or more of the activities from the list below. Share your non-fiction writing activities with me (via firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Descriptive writing. Find a paragraph or passage that is an excellent example of descriptive writing. (You should look for imagery!) Write a paragraph explaining why the excerpt is a particularly good example of descriptive prose. The paragraph should include some of the language the author used to recreate the scene.
- Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down. Write a review of the book in the style of a movie review. Conclude your review by awarding a thumbs up or thumbs down on the book.
- Trait Diagram. Create a Venn diagram to illustrate similarities and differences in the traits of two important people in your book.
- Internet Research. Where did the story take place? When did it take place? Research to find five (5) Internet sites that others might check out before they read the book so they will know more about the book's setting.
- Write a Letter to the Author. After reading the book, share your reactions to the book in a letter written to its author.
- Sell It. Pretend to be a publicist for the book. Write a speech that will persuade other students that they should read the book.
- Interview a Person. Compose six to eight questions to ask a main person from your book. You also should write the person’s response to each question. The questions and answers should provide information that shows you read the book without giving away the most significant details.
- Ten Facts. Create a "Ten Facts about [book title]" sheet that lists ten interesting facts you learned from reading the book. The facts, written in complete sentences, must include information you didn't know before reading the book and should span the entire book. Four (4) facts should be written in your own words, with citations; the remaining six facts should feature the three quote integration strategies, with each strategy used at least once but no more than three times.
- In the News. Create the front page of a newspaper that tells about events and people. The newspaper page might include weather reports, an editorial or editorial cartoon, ads, etc. The title of the newspaper should be something appropriate to the book.
- "Dear Diary." With Tangerine in mind, create a diary or journal and write five entries that might have been written by an important person in your book. Each entry should be at least ten mature sentences in length. The entries should share details about events and experiences that will prove you read the book. Try to capture the voice and perspective of the person. Date each entry.