The theme in a story is its underlying message. In other words, what belief about life is the author trying to convey?
In seventh grade, you will read novels about individuals that show the character trait of perseverance. Perseverance is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Use one of the books in the list below to complete your assignment.
|The Distance Between Us
|Brown Girl Dreaming
|The War That Saved My Life
|Where the Red Fern Grows
|The Seventh Most Important Thing
|Pam Munoz Ryan
|Out of My Mind
|Diary of a Young Girl
|The Goldfish Boy
Read one novel from the list above about a character that shows perseverance and complete three choices on the board creating a tic-tac-toe.
Point of View
Retell a major event of the novel from the perspective of a different character using 1st person point of view. Retell the event using thoughts and feelings of the character. (3 paragraph min.)
What is the message in the story? What lasting idea is the author trying to convey?
Explain your reasoning by giving 3 pieces of text evidence (with page numbers next to entries).
Draw a portrait of one of your characters. Include captions that explains what your character is thinking, feeling, doing, seeing, and hearing in the scene you choose. Explain the importance of your captions.
Draw a map of the main setting of the story (natural and man-made landmarks, places in the story, etc.) and a “key” that explains your map. Why are these features important to the plot and theme of the story?
As you read, make a list of 10 words that you did not know. Give the definition, part of speech, and why the word is important to the plot or message of the story.
Describe 5 main events in the story. One from each:
Beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion. Include evidence for each from the text to support your ideas (with page numbers).
What is the conflict? Man vs. man? Man vs. nature? Man vs. society? Man vs. himself? Choose 2 types of conflict. Write one paragraph about each and include evidence and page numbers.
Retell this story in a comic strip using your own words. Include main characters, setting, conflict, at least 2 major events, and conclusion. (Minimum of 6 comic strip boxes)
What questions do you have about this novel? Create 10 meaningful questions about the lives of the characters, how the conflict was resolved, etc.
Select a book from the list of classic books below. As you read your book, complete each of the following literary explorations. You may complete this on paper or in a document.
|Louisa May Alcott
|The Count of Monte Christo
|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
|Arthur Conan Doyle
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
|The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings
|Robert Louis Stevenson
A Journey to the Center of the Earth;
The Martian Chronicles;
The Illustrated Man; or
|The Red Badge of Courage
|To Kill a Mockingbird
|The Call of the Wild; or
|Pride and Prejudice
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
|Lord of the Flies
|Mary W. Shelley
|The Time Machine
|I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
|Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
|The Catcher in the Rye
|The Scarlet Letter
|A Separate Peace
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
|The Jungle Book
|Flowers for Algernon
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
As you read your book selected from the above list, complete each of the following literary explorations. You may complete this on paper or in a document.
- Write one eight-sentence paragraph summary about what you read. Let me know the important events of the plot.
- Quote at least five different statements from what you have read that you enjoyed, and comment thoroughly on them.
- Pay attention to any figurative language (metaphor, simile, alliteration). Select and identify two quotes which contain DIFFERENT figurative language. Explain the purpose of the author's use of that particular figurative language.
- Connect the text to other personal or social events/people. Connections may be text to text, text to self, text to world, text to media. You need four connections, with at least one in each category.
- Identify and define five advanced vocabulary words. Quote the sentence in which the vocabulary word was used.
- Write five questions that you have about your book's plot, setting, and characters. Can you answer the questions once you have finished the book?
- Select two symbols associated with your novel and provide a brief explanation for each.
- Identify a central theme for your novel and EXPLAIN, using concrete details to support your assertion.
- Give a review of the novel in which you rate it on a 5-star scale (5 being the best and 0 being the worst). Your review should be at least two paragraphs. EXPLAIN.