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January Reading Response: Due January 31st!

“The Pinballs” by Betsy Byars.  Due January 31st.

You received the book, response packet, and discussion job sheet on Monday, January 6th.

Feel free to read at your own pace and complete the activity packet and job sheet as you go. The job sheet is the same as others you have done in the past, but this time you are using it for THE WHOLE BOOK.  Be sure to take notes as you go.  You can use the activity packet to help you come up with vocabulary words and discussion questions. We will form groups and discuss the book on January 31st.

If you lose your packet, you can get it from the “Materials” section on our class page on Schoology.


December Reading Response Menu: Due December 20th!

The Reading Response Menu project is the same as November. Pick a novel/chapter book, complete a main dish, 4 side dishes, and a dessert!

Possible upcoming projects:

January: Element research project

February: Biography

March: Career interview

April: Poetry

November Reading Response Menu: Due November 25th!

Student menu project:

There are separate directions for each part of the menu. Be sure to attach your work to the back of the packet, LABELING AND ORGANIZING THEM FOR EASY READING.

*This assignment is worth 40 points.*

Main Course: Select one. 10 points.

1. Discuss your reactions to the story. What did you like or dislike about it and why? Be very clear as to why you did or didn’t like it.

2. Would you recommend this novel to other students? Why or why not? Be very clear with examples. Would some students like it better than others, even if YOU did not? Why?

(These answers should be a LONG-PARAGRAPH RESPONSE. 3-5 sentences is not enough.)

Side dishes: Select four. 5 points each x 4 = 20 points.

1. Describe the main character. What was the main character’s goal in this novel? What did you think of this character?
2. What is the setting of the novel? Describe it. Could this story take place in any other place? Is the setting an important part of the story?
3. What other characters are important to the story? Describe at least 2 other characters. How does their role in the story positively or negatively affect the main character?
4. What are some of the conflicts (problems) in the story? Describe at least two conflicts. What happened? How was each conflict resolved?
5. What is significant about the title of the novel? Why do you think the author chose that title?
6. What is the ultimate resolution (ending) of the story? Was the ending the author chose a good ending for the story? Did you like it? Why or why not?
7. What other literary terms are present? Symbolism? Irony? Similes and metaphors? Personification? Flashbacks? Identify at least two and give clear examples from the story.

(Select 4 questions to answer. Your answers should be very thorough with multiple sentences of detail and explanation. Be sure to separate each question and answer by the question number. Do not squish all the answers into one giant paragraph!)

Dessert: Select one. 10 points.

1. Write a letter to a character in the novel. Include the following:

DEAR ______,

Write a paragraph about the character’s actions and the conflict the character struggles with.

Write a paragraph about suggestions or comments you would have made to the character if you could have spoken with him/her.


Your name

2. Write a movie or play script for the main conflict in the book. Your script must be at least two pages (front and back) in length and include character names, dialogue (their lines), and directions on how they should act or behave when speaking their lines.


You can hand write or type your assignment.

Two points will be deducted every day the assignment is late or not turned in.