English 10 SSR Packet for Project 1

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Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
Mrs. Johnson’s English 10 SSR Project #1
Direction for SSR Project#1: During the first nine weeks, you will choose a novel which you will read
during SSR time, AST, and at home. You will complete this packet and ONE creative activity from each level
1-3. See list below. You will then present your creative activities. Packet and creative activities are due on
_____________________________. Presentations may be done during class or A lunch.
 BEFORE READING: Fill this out before you begin reading your book. If you decide you want to change your
book, simply answer these questions on a piece of notebook paper and staple to the packet.
Book title: ________________________________________________________________
Genre: _______________________________
Author: ___________________________________________________________________
Why did I pick this book: _______________________________________________________________________________________
What I already know about the book: ____________________________________________________________________________
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What I can predict about the book based on the cover: ____________________________________________________________
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 WHILE READING: Fill this out while you are reading your novel. You may not be able to answer all of the
questions right away. If you don’t know a term, simply look it up.
Setting for most of the novel:
Time period: _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Geographical location: ____________________________________________________________________________________
Physical location (School, house, neighborhood, etc.) _______________________________________________________
Characters: ***If you don’t know these terms, use your literary term notes!
Protagonist: _________________________________________
Antagonist: _________________________________________
-Does this change? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Supporting characters: ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Describe your protagonist’s physical appearance: _________________________________________________________________
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Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
Protagonist Likes:
Protagonist Dislikes:
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Conflict: The main conflict (the decision to do or not do something) is usually the novel’s climax.
Internal conflict for protagonist: ___________________________________________________________________________________
External conflict for protagonist: __________________________________________________________________________________
Plot:
*All the information you’ve already provided is the EXPOSITION of your novel.
Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
Point of View: Who is telling the story? Check all that apply.
 A narrator who is not part of the story; the narrator uses third person pronouns (third person narrator)
-They walked into the store and purchased chocolate milk.
 The narrator can see into two or more of the characters’ minds and share their thoughts (omniscient)
 The narrator can only see into one character’s mind and share his/her thoughts (limited)
 A character who is part of the story; the character uses first person pronouns (first person narrator)
-I am going to stay late at school for basketball practice.
Symbol: An object that represents a big idea or something abstract
Example: The broken mirror represents the girl’s broken dreams.
Possible symbol: _______________________________________________
What does it represent? _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Possible second symbol: _______________________________________________
What does it represent? _______________________________________________________________________________________________
Theme: Circle a possible theme below for your novel and explain on the lines below. Feel free to write your
own.
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struggle with nature
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the effects of progress
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the great journey
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survival of the fittest
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power of nature
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noble sacrifice
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coming of age
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the great battle
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power of love
alienation and
isolation
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honoring the historical
past
love and friendship
and revenge
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loss of innocence
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struggle with self
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good overcoming evil
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disillusionment with
life
•
tolerance of the
atypical
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Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
 AFTER READING:
Were you happy with the ending of your novel? Explain. __________________________________________________________
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How does this novel connect or relate to a personal experience? _________________________________________________
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***It does relate. Find something!
How does this novel connect or relate to what’s going on in our society/country/world today?
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***It does relate. Find something!
What was the author’s purpose for the book? What does the book try to say? Think about your theme.
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Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
Creative Assignment Ideas Organized by Bloom’s Levels of Cognition
Directions: After reading the novel and completing the packet, then you must choose ONE activity from
EACH level below. You will then present your creative activities to the class. You should have a total of 3
activities.
Level One: Remembering
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7.
Describe the main character in three paragraphs or more (at least 5 sentences each).
Describe your favorite character from the novel in at least two, 5 sentence paragraphs.
Define at least 15 words that you didn’t know while reading your novel.
Create a timeline of 10 events in the story and illustrate 5 of them.
Select the most important event in your story. Describe it in at least two paragraphs.
Record 5 main events from the story in chronological order. Each event should be explained in a minimum of 5 sentences.
Create a 20 question quiz about your book. Questions may come in the form of true/false, multiple choice, short answer, and
essay. Include an answer sheet.
Level Two: Understanding
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8.
Summarize your story in one page or less.
Compare the main character in your story to you or someone you know in at least 2 paragraphs.
Choose a character and identify three things that symbolize that character. Explain each choice in 3-5 sentences.
Defend one major decision that a character made in the story. Be sure to explain what the decision he/she made and how
everything turned out.
Illustrate the most important moment in your story through a picture, which must be on at least an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.
List three challenges faced by characters from the view point of another character in the book. Your description should be at
least 8 sentences and contain specific examples from the text.
Make a cartoon strip showing the sequence of events (12 frame minimum).
Write 5 journal entries from the main character’s point of view at different points in the book. Each journal entry should be a
minimum of 5 sentences.
Level Three: Applying
1. Change one major decision a character made. How would things have turned out differently? (2 paragraph minimum 5
sentences each)
2. Make a map that shows where your story took place. Include a key or legend.
3. Write a song about events in your book to generate reader interest.
4. Create a wardrobe of at least 4 of your characters.
5. Rewrite a scene from the perspective of another character.
6. Create a 3-5 page scrapbook for one of the major characters.
7. Write a 3 paragraph letter from one character to another about a specific event in the book.
Advice:
You are given NINE WEEKS to complete this assignment. Do not wait until the last minute. I provide ample time
and access to a computer, so this project should be typed and formatted. You should be creative and provide
color to the project if possible. Make sure you label your projects.
Projects that are done obviously last minute (hastily handwritten, lacking color, and scrawled onto notebook
paper) will receive a 5/10 in that category.
Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
This MUST be filled out when you present and turn in your project.
Creative Projects: Level ____ #___
Level ____ #___
Level ____ #___
I read this novel, filled out the packet, and completed this project on my own to the best of my abilities.
Signature: ___________________________________________________
Category
Reading packet
10 Excellent
8 Good
6 Needs work
Answers are in
complete sentences
and make clear
connections to the
novel.
Most answers are
complete; some
answers seem
vague.
Some answers are
left blank. Most
answers don’t
connect with
novel.
Creative
assignment
#1
Assignment is colorful
and neat. All directions
followed. Shows
outside the box
thinking. It is evident
the student put in
TIME and EFFORT.
Assignment is
poor quality.
Seems rushed. Did
not follow
directions.
Creative
assignment
#2
Assignment is colorful
and neat. All directions
followed. Shows
outside the box
thinking. It is evident
the student put in
TIME and EFFORT.
Creative
assignment
#3
Assignment is colorful
and neat. All directions
followed. Shows
outside the box
thinking. It is evident
the student put in
TIME and EFFORT.
SRR time
Student read every
day. Never fell asleep
or worked on other
work. Remained silent.
Student demonstrates
that he read and
understood the book.
Assignment is
bright but messy.
Seems rushed.
Little creativitysimply follows
directions. It is
evident the
student did not
make this a
priority.
Assignment is
bright but messy.
Seems rushed.
Little creativitysimply follows
directions. It is
evident the
student did not
make this a
priority.
Assignment is
bright but messy.
Seems rushed.
Little creativitysimply follows
directions. It is
evident the
student did not
make this a
priority.
Student read most
days; fell asleep
once or worked on
other work.
Needed reminders
to be quiet. Is
evident student
did not finish the
book,
Presentation
Student spoke clearly
and made eye contact.
Gave required info
suggested on
presentation page.
Answered questions.
Student mumbled
and attempted eye
contact. Student
stated he didn’t
know what to say.
Attempted to
answer questions.
Assignment is
poor quality.
Seems rushed. Did
not follow
directions.
Assignment is
poor quality.
Seems rushed. Did
not follow
directions.
Student frequently
struggled to stay
awake, stay
focused, and stay
quiet. Student was
a distraction to his
peers. Is evident
student did not
read the book at
all.
Student read his
notes and rushed
through them.
Spoke too quietly
to be heard.
Couldn’t answer
questions
Comments:
_____________/60 points
10% deduction each day SSR Project is late per syllabus.
*refusal to present
drops overall grade
to a 79% (47.5/60)
automatically
Name: ______________________________________
Date: _____________
SSR Presentation:
Fill this out to help you with what to say!
Start with…
1) Book title: _________________________________________________________________________
2) Genre: ____________________________________________________________________________
3) Tell us what the book was about:
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4) Tell us if you recommend the book or not. Did you like the book? Why or why not?
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5) Explain your creative projects:
a. I chose to do these projects because _______________________________________________________
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b. Show us your projects if it’s a drawing or picture. Or read us a piece of what you wrote about the book.
6) Ask if there are any questions.
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