Tuesdays with Morrie Summer Reading Project

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English I Honors Project
Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing
things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning
into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote
yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning” (page 43).
Goals: To listen, interpret, respond, and evaluate your chosen person’s message. Through your
project you should learn the relevance of mentors and the importance of living a life that sets positive
examples for others.
Assessment: Your tasks are to read the text, have at least six weekly visits with an adult of your
choice, and write about your experiences. Your assessment includes daily grades for the writing
assignments, final product, circle discussions and test grades.
Activities: Over the next six to seven weeks, you will read Albom’s memoir of his conversations with
his mentor teacher. Before you start this project, you must select an older person to serve as your
mentor—a person who can teach you many of life’s lessons (e.g., grandparent, aunt, uncle, parent,
etc.). During this project you will visit weekly with your mentor and then complete the following writing
activities. Your first visit must be in person. You must meet at least one more time in person with
your mentor. If needed, you are allowed to meet over the telephone with your mentor.
1st Week:
Reading: Read the entire book--Tuesdays with Morrie.
2nd Week:
Writing Assignment: Write a flashback vignette about a fond memory with your chosen person.
3rd Week:
Writing Assignment: Write about the room or place where your chosen person spends most of
his/her time or where your chosen person is most comfortable. In this writing, include a constant
object that is associated with your chosen person. (Mitch Albom uses the Japanese maple tree and
the hibiscus plant.)
4th Week:
Writing Assignment: Write about something that you accomplished with your chosen person’s help.
5th Week:
Writing Assignment: Ask your chosen person the following questions and write a thorough answer
to each: What is your favorite childhood memory? What is the meaning of life? What was the
hardest time in your life? What are your prized possessions? If you could re-live a time of your life,
what would you do differently? What lesson did you learn from a mistake you made? Who was an
influential person on your life and what impact did he/she have on your life. What is a dream you had
and you never achieved? If you could reconnect with anyone from your past, who would it be and
why? What lasting memory do you want to leave on your family?
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6th Week:
Writing Assignment: Write what you gained or learned from your chosen person.
7th Week:
Writing Assignment: Write about what you gained or learned from reading the text.
Vocabulary: As you read the book, write down words in your notebook that you are unfamiliar with.
Additionally, look up and write the definitions. I will select certain words from the text for a vocabulary
test.
First Day of School:
Writing Assignment: Have a final product ready to turn in. You must have:
 A creative cover
 Creative chapter titles for the seven writing assignments
 Appropriate pictures inserted
 A table of contents
 A dedication page – to your mentor
 A title page
 An acknowledgment page (those who helped you make the assignment successful)
 A page about you
 A booklet spiral bound where you kept all of your notes. NOTES MUST BE DATED.
Writing assignments are to be discussed thoroughly (NO LESS THAN 400 WORDS PER
WRITING ASSIGNMENT, AND YOU MUST HAVE A HAND WRITTEN WORD COUNT ON EACH
PAPER) and have a strong command of language, consistent command of spelling,
capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure.
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