Independent Novel Project



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English 9 name:

Mrs. Sharp/Ms. Edwards period:


Independent Novel Project

As a high school student, you are expected to be an active, responsive reader. A Reading Log can help to organize and express your thoughts as you read. You will complete a Reading Log for each chapter/ reading assignment of your selected novel. Logs will be collected and graded at the end of the project, but there may be random checks.


The following items are required for each log:

  • Summary – Describe the characters and situations within the chapter/section. What happened? Why and how is this section of the text relevant to the overall plot and/or structure of the story? How does this section fit into the story thus far? How were the characters affected? How did they respond? What new insights do you have into the characters and/or story?




  • Response to Quotation(s) – Select (at least) one significant quotation from the chapter. Copy the quotation and the page number. Identify the speaker and explain why you chose this quotation, why it stood out to you, why this quotation is important to the text as a whole or the chapter, etc. Specifically look for quotations relevant to major themes or ideas in the text.




  • Predict -- Make a prediction about what you think will happen next. Specifically explain what evidence or details lead you to this conclusion.


FINAL ASSIGNMENT

Create a REDUCTION for your novel. A reduction is a one-page picture–and–word compilation of a literary work. The process of doing the reduction will help you to think about what you have read and what the essential components of the novel are. It will also serve as a source for future reference.

Unlike other assignments, you will not write in sentences but will include all the important literary elements listed below in pictures and words or phrases (see example below). Do NOT use lined paper; most students use some type of poster board or scrapbook paper. If you choose a colored/textured paper, it must be relevant/symbolic in some way. You must include all of the following criteria on your reduction:


  1. Author and title

  2. Setting(s)

  3. Main characters and any points crucial to understanding their roles in the story

  4. Major plot events (especially the climax)

  5. Statement of theme

  6. Mood/atmosphere of the story

  7. At least ONE example of symbolism

  8. Genre (science fiction, historical fiction, etc.)

  9. Significance of title

  10. Significant quotations – 5-8 (here you may use sentences)

Your reduction must be neat, must be complete, and must be your own unique work. BE CREATIVE AND USE COLOR. Consult the attached rubric to ensure you complete the assignment successfully.

Here is an example using another text (sorry it’s only in black and white here):



Independent Novel Project

Reading Log

Date: _____



Chapter # _______ Pages ___________ to __________

Summary

(Include details about major plot events and how the events affect the characters.)

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Quotation


(One important quotation, who said it, basic situation, and why it’s important)
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Prediction


(What might happen next? How do you know?)
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English 9 name:

Mrs. Sharp/Ms. Edwards period:
Independent Novel Project

Planning Sheet
Title: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Author: ___________________________________________________________________________________




  • How many chapters does your book have? ________




  • How many pages does your book have? _________




  • I will complete a READING LOG for every __________________________________________________.



  • Divide the number of chapters/pages by 6  __________ /6 = ________________________ /week.




Week 1 – Nov 1st – Nov 7th
I will read from ________________________________through_____ _________________________________.

Week 2 – Nov 8th – Nov 14th
I will read from ________________________________ through _____________________________________.

Week 3 – Nov 15th – Nov 21st
I will read from _________________________________through _____________________________________.

Week 4 – Nov 22nd – Nov 28th
I will read from ________________________________ through _____________________________________.

Week 5 – Nov 29th – Dec 5th
I will read from ________________________________ through _____________________________________.

Week 6 – Dec 6th – Dec 12th

I will read from ______________________________ through _______________________________(THE END).




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