NAME_________________________ Oak Lawn Community High School Summer Reading Guide Breathing Underwater by Alex Finn Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper OR Legend by Marie Lu Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin Directions: Use this guide to help you reflect upon your summer reading novel while you read. This will be helpful with class discussion and other assignments related to the novel when you return to school. Furthermore, your English teacher will collect this assignment, so you should have it completed for the first day of school. *All students are getting the same packet. Please complete this guide according to the book you are reading. 1. Identify three physical qualities and three personality traits for the main character of the novel you are reading. Main Character’s Name: Physical qualities: • • • Personality traits: • • • 2. The summer reading novels revolve around young adults who struggle with choices they make. List two examples of the main character’s choices. Then explain if the main character has taken personal responsibility for these choices. 1. 2. 3. Minor characters play important roles in the summer reading novels. A minor character is a less prominent character in a novel that helps to move the story along. Choose a minor character and discuss how he/she is affected by events in the story. How has the character changed as a result of the main character’s actions? Consider personality, appearance, interests, and self-esteem. 4. Adults also have an important role in the summer reading novels. Some have a positive influence, some have a negative influence. Choose two quotations from the book that briefly describe how one adult’s relationship positively or negatively affect the main character. You do not have the chose the same adult for both parts. (Be sure to list the page number with the quotation!) (+) (-) 5. In each book, there are characters who are static (remain the same as a result of the events in the book) or dynamic (change as a result of the events of the book). Choose one character you would consider static and one you would consider dynamic. Use specific examples from the book to explain your reasoning. Character name: __________________________________ Is this character static or dynamic? Circle one and explain your selection. Character name: __________________________________ Is this character static or dynamic? Circle one and explain your selection. 6. What do you think is the theme of the book? In other words, what is the life lesson the author wants you to take from reading this novel? Find one quotation in the book that supports the theme. (Remember to include page number!) 7. If given the opportunity, what three questions you would like to ask the author about the book and/or the writing process? 1. 2. 3. 8. Which character do you connect to the most? Choose a character and explain how you two are alike. Use specific personality traits, actions, and experiences to make your point. 9. *Bonus* What are the top three reasons to attend the Media Center’s Summer Reading Celebration when you get to OLCHS in August? 3. 2. 1. The OLCHS Media Center is a great place to hang out!!