LRC Independent Reading Book Assignment
Project grade: 75 points
Objective: By applying our reading strategies, you will read and report on your independent reading book to create a book binder for Mrs. Sullivan’s classroom.
Task: You will keep notes as you read your book. Once your book is completed, you will write a three paragraph analysis.
- Select your independent reading book.
- You will keep notes on each chapter of your book in your Reading notebook. You many do this in the form of a strategy chart, character squares, timelines, or you may create your own style of note taking. Your notes will be checked for a grade. (15 points)
- You will type a report of your book. It will be three paragraphs long, with each paragraph between 6-7 complete sentences. Here are the requirements for each paragraph:
1st paragraph: This is your summary of the book. Describe the setting, characters, basic plot points, etc. You will also need to identify the genre of the book and the author.
2nd paragraph: This is your analysis section. In this paragraph, you must include one quote analysis from the book in which you write the quote, paraphrase it, and then explain why this quote is important to the book- what does it reveal? You will identify conflicts within the book, both internal and external, and how these conflicts affect characters or the plot. You will identify the theme of the book, and evaluate why this theme is important. If your book is a biography or a collection of poetry, select your favorite part of the book or poem and analyze it. What inferences can you make?
3rd paragraph: Evaluate the text. What do you like and dislike about this book? What recommendations could you make for someone who is considering reading this book? What connections can you personally make to this story?
- This assignment must be typed and formatted according to PSM requirements.
- Your paragraphs will be graded according to the following rubric, which you will turn in along with your paper, stapled to the back of it. Each paragraph is worth a possible 20 points.
Grading: ____/ 15 notes
____/ 60 paper- 20 pts per paragraph: 15 pts content, 5 pts language mechanics
Notes: - your notes do not have to be in complete sentences, but they should be NEAT
Genre – fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, realistic fiction, romance, humor, historical fiction
non-fiction: biography, autobiography, informative (how-to, historical)
Characters – include main characters only in summary, but you can take notes on any characters as they pop up in the book
Setting – where and when the book takes place
Main plot ideas – this is what happens in the book.
Quotes – write down any quotes that really stand out to you. Quotes are DIRECT SENTENCES FROM THE BOOK. They do not necessarily have to be dialogue between people.
Conflicts – write down any internal or external conflicts
Theme – identify the theme and any details, situations, conversations that reflect the theme