Personal Reading Assignment

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PERSONAL READING

Is reading the key to success? Perhaps. Look at some facts:

  • Research has proven that students who read for fun nearly every day performed better on reading tests than those who reported reading never or hardly at all.
  • Studies show that reading achievement is significantly improved when students have an opportunity to choose from a selection of interesting texts rather than being dictated to.
  • The number of 17-year-olds who read anything for pleasure on a daily basis has dropped from 31% in 1984 to 17% today.
    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/screen-time/how-do-i-get-my-teen-to-read-more-books

Reading boosts our vocabulary, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Pleasure reading is, essentially, exercise for your mind. Not to mention, if you’re choosing the right kind of books, it’s just fun.

This year, you will be required to read three books outside of class. You must choose from the following:

  1. Book from YALSA award-winning list. Why not pick a book that has been recognized by the experts as a great one? http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook
  2. A nonfiction book – A biography, history, or science book.
  3. A book of your choosing. See me if you are looking for suggestions.

How many book reports will you have to write?

Zero! I hate book reports. I always have. Writing them and reading them. However, there will be some form of writing/work done to complete this project. You will work on the following:

  • Personal conference with me to discuss the book. We’ll hang out – talk books. Good times.

  • Something of your choice. You can do:

    • A character interview
    • A newspaper report OR TV news program script as if the events of the book actually happened
    • A photo essay using imagery to explain the main ideas of the story
    • A diary of the main character
    • A video trailer for a potential movie
    • Or something else of your choice! (Have an idea? Ask me first!)
  • A formal book review. (Can be done for fiction or nonfiction.) This is not a report. It is a review concerning your thoughts about the book. See directions below.

Book Review
Minimum of 300 words and should include proper conventions (spelling, grammar, etc.).

Must contain:

  • Title / author of the book (Title in italics)
  • Genre of book (horror, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biography, etc.)
  • What made you want to read the book
  • What the story is basically about (without giving away anything MEGA important!)
  • Whether you like it or not (and 2 reasons why)
  • Your star rating (out of 5)

Use the following websites for more suggestions on how to write a book review.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/bookrev/
How to Write a Book Review

 

  December February April
Conference

 

Elle, Amber, Christian, Aidan, Dakota, Billy

 

Caroline, Max, Barbara, Robert, Grace Austin, Cyanni, DJ, Bryce, John, Zuri
Choice project

 

Austin, Cyanni, DJ, Bryce, John, Zuri

 

Elle, Amber, Christian, Aidan, Dakota, Billy Caroline, Max, Barbara, Robert, Grace
Book review

 

Caroline, Max, Barbara, Braun, Grace

 

Austin, Cyanni, DJ, Bryce, John, Zuri Elle, Amber, Christian, Aidan, Dakota, Billy
       
Conference

Gabby, Olivia Cieslak, Mary, Kylie, Kai, Bo, Maya, Emerson, Liv V

 

Olivia Carter, Ella, Micah, Riley, Camryn, Alana, Isabella, Taliya Abby, Riona, Lily, Jazzy, Tyler, Kieran, Brooke, Mason
Choice project

Abby, Riona, Lily, Jazzy, Tyler, Kieran, Brooke, Mason

 

Gabby, Olivia Cieslak, Mary, Kylie, Kai, Bo, Maya, Emerson, Liv V Olivia Carter, Ella, Micah, Riley, Camryn, Alana, Isabella, Taliya
Book review

Olivia Carter, Ella, Micah, Riley, Camryn, Alana, Isabella, Taliya

 

Abby, Riona, Lily, Jazzy, Tyler, Kieran, Brooke, Mason Gabby, Olivia Cieslak, Mary, Kylie, Kai, Bo, Maya, Emerson, Liv V

DUE DATES:

Friday, December 13, 2019
Friday, February 14, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020


Each project must be accompanied by this parental permission form.

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