- "figurative language"
- "Results Only Learning"
- "website help"
- Classroom website
- diary project
- Glory Field
- Noodle Tools
- public speaking
- social bookmarking
- social media
- The Outsiders
Complete The Reading section.
Then, choose one item from the other parts below to demonstrate the structure of three or more of your books for this grading period.
NOTE: if you are in a regular language arts class, use a minimum of two books
- In order to meet a year-long goal of 25 completed books, you'll need an average of roughly 6.5 books read each quarter. Remember our genre requirements on the RAY guidelines page.
- As we are focusing on book structure this quarter, you may want to emphasize fiction in your reading but, as always, it's your choice.
- Please complete at least 12 reflection letters (9 for regular language arts classes)
- NOTE: you can decide which books you reflect on
Character & Setting
- Create a post-it wall or slide show, using Wallwisher, Slide Rocket, or a similar web-based tool, in which at least nine characters interact.
- NOTE: if you are in a regular language arts class, have 4 characters interact. Be sure that their dialogue makes wall viewers understand the characters and how they fit into their story.
- Create a poster, using Glogster, Automatoon, VoiceThread or a cardboard poster, containing at least nine characters from multiple books. (4 characters for regular language arts students).
- The poster should include a drawing or graphic representation of the characters, along with several sentences describing their role in their stories.
- Your own character activity – discuss it with Mr. Barnes
Conflict & Theme
- Create one or more videos/movies, using YouTube, Animoto, Xtranormal, Slide Rocket, Jing or another web-based tool, in which you clearly demonstrate the conflicts, how they are resolved and the key lesson in at least three books. Each video/movie should include a combination of pictures or animation and text.
- Create a series of brief podcasts (three or more) that clearly demonstrate the conflicts, how they are resolved and the key lesson in at least three books.
- Write three brief reviews about three of your books.
- Be sure your review outlines the conflicts, how they’re resolved and what the reader learns. NOTE: if you are in a regular language arts class, write only two reviews.
You and your books
NOTE: this section is optional for students in regular language arts classes
- Using your favorite web tool, musical instrument or a poster board, create something not necessarily related to book structure that connects you to any single book you’ve read or are reading this grading period. Consider why the book is important to you and why you’ll remember it forever. Be creative here. You may want to:
- Produce a song – you might use ujam or another web-based mixing tool
- Add a chapter
- Write a poem
- Produce a one-act play -- consider using the web tool, Xtranormal for this.
- Deliver a monologue from a character’s point of view
- Interview an author -- get help from a peer -- you play the journalist and have the peer be the author
- NOTE: you should script the responses for your peer.
- Consider recording the interview and placing it on your web site.
- Come up with your own idea
What you will learn -- how to:
- Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot.
- Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
- Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.