Formative Assessment—Reader Report
For this assignment, you will obtain a collection of short stories and analyze one of the stories based on the narrative techniques we will study in class. You will conference about at least three of the stories and then select one for a more detailed report.
In order to select a book, choose from the provided list. Any author who is not listed will need to meet prior approval. Also, it is expected that the author you select meets with parental approval as well, as outlined on the permission slip.
Some of the books on the list can be found in the school library library. The following steps should be taken in order to obtain a book:
Choose several authors that interest you. Ask me or the librarians for advice. Look the authors up online to find out more about them.
From that list, see what books are available at the school library.
If the author you want is not available, check the local library. If you do not have a library card, your parent or guardian will need to go with you and provide proof of residence.
If the local library does not carry that particular author, you will need to submit an Inter-Library Loan form. This is a way to request materials from any library in the country.
You can also choose to purchase a book online. I recommend shopping used on Amazon.
The deadline for evidence that the book is either on order or in your possession is___________.
If you are absent, it is due the day you return. If you fail to locate a book by the given date, you will write a letter to your parent/guardian explaining why you did not meet the requirement of the assignment and what steps you will take to correct it. If this letter is not returned the next day, further disciplinary action will be taken.
I am aware of the expectations my student’s project and I have reviewed their chosen material with them and provide this as evidence of my approval. I am also aware that in the event my student needs to obtain a book not carried by the school library, they will need to either borrow it from the local library or purchase it by the above deadline.
As an alternative, e-mail your consent to my e-mail address, using the one currently listed in school records.
Guideline for the Reader Reports
The reader report is your chance to learn from the stories in your collection. You will select one and analyze it for some of the narrative techniques we have studied to better understand what is working so that you can then adopt those techniques into your own writing.
Outline of the report:
Paragraph 1—A detailed summary of the plot. This should be at least 150 words.
Paragraph 2—Analysis of one narrative aspect in no fewer than 200 words.
Paragraph 3—Analysis of a second narrative aspect in no fewer than 200 words.
Paragraph 4—Analysis of a third narrative aspect in no fewer than 200 words.
Paragraph 5—A conclusion that restates the highlights of each paragraph. This should be between 50-100 words.
How effective is the conflict in the story? What does the main character want? What are they willing to do to get it? What obstacles are in their way? What kinds of pressures are created by the secondary characters?
How effective is the point of view? What is the point of view of the story? How well does the story stick to that point of view? Is it the best possible choice? From who’s perspective is the story told? Is there another character more interesting?
How effective is the dialogue? Does every line achieve all three goals at once? Do the characters sound believable? How often do the characters say what they mean?
How effective are the different settings of the story? Are they the best? How effective are the different settings at putting pressure on the main character? How detailed is each setting? What details are particularly effective?
How effective is the language of the story? What sentences sound particularly good and why? What words were especially perfect and why? What literary devices make this possible?
How effective are the details? What details are successful? How successful are the sensory details? How successful are the details of gesture and movement?
Shared a thorough summary of stories that exceed the required reading. Clear awareness of author’s style.
Shared a thorough summary of the stories that exceed the required reading.
Shared a detailed summary of the stories that meets the required reading.
Shared a summary of the stories, does not meet reading requirements.
Evaluation of stories clearly based on awareness of narrative techniques. Evidence provided.
Evaluation of stories based on awareness of narrative techniques.
Evaluation of stories mainly based on opinion.
Evaluation of stories based on opinion, lack of evidence provided.