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Project 1 – Family Story
As a follow-up activity to reading Is It Night or Day?, we will be writing a family story.  Each student is responsible for investigating a story (oral tradition) from the past; it can be a funny story, sad story, serious story, incredible story, etc. that has been passed down from generation to generation.  If you cannot think of a story right away, spend some time talking to parents, grandparents, etc. They may be able to help you to think of a story that you can tell your own children someday!

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RUBRIC:

<trstyle=”border:1px solid #000;”>Typed, double spaced, at least one page in length, size 12 font25

Grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. 25
Interesting details, content, evidence of some research into story. Should have a beginning, middle, and end! (In other words, a plot!) 25
Loudness, expression, fluency as you read it out loud 25
Total 100

Project 2 – A Letter to Fern Schumer Chapman

Rubric

Requirements Pts. Pts. Comments
First paragraph: Tell Fern your general thoughts/feelings/impressions about the book 15
Second paragraph: Passage from book which shows something “essential” to book: explain passage thoroughly! Why is it important to you? How did this passage “speak” to you? 15
Third paragraph: “Free choice” paragraph. You may want to use a “Writing About Reading” opener (see below) 15
Fourth paragraph- wrap-up, thank her, final thought 15
Total 100

*Typed, double-spaced.  If not typed, written neatly with parent note.

 

Writing About Reading Openers

I was surprised when/angry about/satisfied with/moved by/incredulous at….

I liked the way you…

I noticed how you….

I don’t get why you….

If I were the main character, I would have…

I’d compare your writing to…

This book reminded me of…

The main character…

The character development…

The narrative voice…

The structure of this book…

The climax of the plot…

The resolution of the main character’s problem…

I’d say the theme of this book is…

I think that you wrote the book because….

I wish that…

I didn’t agree with…

I understood…

I couldn’t understand…

Your book changed the way I think because….

I would rate this book a _____ because….