NOVEL STUDY (INDEPENDENT) - GRADE 9


NOTE 1: ALL WORK FOR THE NOVEL STUDY SHOULD BE COMPLETED ON THE COMPUTER. YOU CAN HAND DRAW PICTURES.
NOTE 2: THE NOVEL YOU CHOOSE SHOULD BE A NEW NOVEL YOU’VE NEVER READ BEFORE AND IS APPROPRIATE TO YOUR READING LEVEL OR HIGHER
NOTE 3: TO ENSURE HOMEWORK IS COMPLETED, YOU WILL FILL OUT IN YOUR SCHOOL AGENDA WHAT YOUR ASSIGNED HOMEWORK WILL BE FOR THE DAY. THIS WILL BE PERIODICALLY CHECKED BY THE TEACHER FOR COMPLETENESS.
NOTE 4: AT THE END OF THE UNIT, YOU WILL NEED TO HAND IN THE REFLECTION FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE. THIS MAY BE GRADED WITH A RUBRIC. CLASS TIME WILL BE GIVEN FOR THIS.
NOTE 5: YOU WILL HAND IN EVERYTHING AS A PORTFOLIO OF COMPLETE D WORK. ON THE BACK OF EACH PAGE YOU WILL WRITE OUT WHAT QUESTION YOU ARE ANSWERING (EXAMPLE FOUND ON THE BACK PAGE OF A POEM: VOCABULARY 1: Write any type of poem about your book)
NOTE 6: INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE HANDED IN. THERE ARE NO GRADE PENALTIES BUT YOU WILL BE MARKED HARDER WHEN YOUR WORK IS EVALUATED. STUDENTS WILL ALSO NOT BE ABLE TO GET THEIR ASSIGNMENTS BACK UNTIL EVERYONE IS MARKED. FINALLY, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO HAVE EVERYTHING IN BY TEACHERS AND MAY BE ASKED TO COME UP AT LUNCH TO COMPLETE. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE, YOU WILL COMPLETE EVERYTHING!

DUE: Tuesday, January 26th, 2015


1. Write the name of your novel and the author.
2. For your novel, and in paragraph form, summarize the story and major characters.
Make sure this is complete, and includes the resolution of the conflict
3. Prepare six good questions about your novel. Answer these in complete sentences. Try to use what, why, which, how, do you think, and compare questions.
4.Complete the following questions from the "core" sections, as the instructions indicate:
a) Vocabulary — Do the one activity
b) Writing — 2 activities
c) Character— 2 activities

5. You must do two activities from the given extension activities. Try to do different question types. Not just two pictures
6. Write a book review in essay form. This must be at least 5 paragraphs. This might be specifically marked as a writing assignment.



CHECK YOUR WORK FOR COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY. Unless otherwise stated, each assignment that is written in nature should have at least ONE page of text


CORE ACTIVITIES

VOCABULARY

1 . Select 10 words that were new to you in this novel. Define each word. Do not use a dictionary

WRITING (all writing activities should be at least 1 page in length, typed)

1. Write any type of poem about your book ( at least 25 lines ) .
2 . Write a letter to a friend describing this book that you are going to send to him.
3 . Keep a journal as you read the book: your reactions, thoughts , feelings .
4 . Write an obituary for one character in your book. This should be in essay form
5 . Write two articles for a newspaper published at the time of, or in the country of your book.
6 . Write a diary entry for your favourite character.
7 . Write a character profile of a person in your book ten years older or younger than he / she was in the story .
8 . Write a different ending for your book.



CHARACTER

1 . Write a chronology for one character. This should be at least one page in length
2 . Make a time line of the events in the life of the main character.
3 . Make up five interview questions (with answers ) for the main character . Each answer should be more than three sentences
4 . For a film about your book which actor / actress would you recommend for the leading role ? Explain , in detail, why .
5 . Write a page about a character beginning with the sentence: " I was (any verb) by.......................
6 . Explain at least three ways the author tells you about the main character. This should be in essay form




EXTENSION ACTIVITIES NOVEL STUDY (all writing activities should be at least 1 page in length, typed)


1. Draw a scene from your book and explain it in one or two paragraphs.
2 . Prepare a travel brochure for the area of your book.
3 . Find and write down 15-25 similes and metaphors.
4 . Do research on any topic connected with your book. (ie. hunting dogs )
5 . Tell, in two or three paragraphs, what you think happened before the story began.
6 . Write a letter to the author and explain how you felt about the book and ask any questions that he/she might answer for you.
7 . Design a new cover for your book complete with an explanation of your cover in one or two paragraphs
8. Create a poster for the novel with a explanation of your cover in one or two paragraphs
9 . Draw a portrait of your favourite character and explain in one or two paragraphs something about it.
10 . In chart form compare the written novel to the film or movie version.
11 . Describe what you think happened to the main character after the novel ended. This should be more than a couple of paragraphs
12. Explain why the novel should be included in a capsule that is to be dug up in 100 years.
13 . Explain what problems the main character had and how he/she handled them.
14 . Was there any growth of the main character (mentally or physically) ? Explain in paragraph form
15 . Do you think the author used any colours to symbolize moods? Give 4 or 5 examples to support your opinion


Self Reflection at the End of the Unit
1. Do you believe this assignment was helpful to you for understanding your novel? Why
2. If you could change one or two aspects of this independent novel study, what would they be? Why?
3. Rating your effort on the entirety of your portfolio, would you rate yourself? Poor? Ok? Above average effort? Excellent effort in everything? Why?
4. If you had advice for next year’s grade 9s in doing this assignment, what would it be
5. What was your best piece? What was your worst piece? Why did you pick these two?
6. If you could influence Mr. Arca in grading your portfolio, what would you say?

Hand the reflection in with your novel study. All students who miss the reflection will be considered late and thus the assignment will be graded harder.