6th GradeSummerReadingLetter by K1wSY5Jg

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									                       Woodcreek Middle School
                                                Reading/English Language Arts Department




Dear Parents,

Students at Woodcreek Middle School who enroll in the Reading/Language Arts Pre-AP course are expected to
complete a summer reading assignment. Summer reading assignments provide several advantages for students,
including maintaining skills over the summer, fostering independent learning, understanding course
expectations, creating an initial common framework for discussion and study, and promoting lifelong learning.

Your student has requested 6th grade RELA Pre-AP for the upcoming school year.

According to the College Board, the purpose of Pre-AP courses is to prepare every student for college, AP
courses, and AP exams. Such preparation entails demonstrating learning at high levels of achievement with
the appropriate amount of support from the advanced academics instructor.

For the summer of 2012, 6th grade Reading/Language Arts Pre-AP students will be required to carefully read
the Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. The students will analyze the text through a dialectical journal.
Specific instructions for completing the assignment are attached.

All students enrolled in 6th grade RELA Pre-AP for the upcoming school year are expected to have the novel
read and the dialectical journal completed prior to the first day of school, August 27, 2012. Since there will be
an assessment over the summer reading, students should come to class prepared to discuss the text using their
notes and personal observations. The dialectical journal assignment will serve as pre-writing for the essay
portion of the reading assessment.

Thank you for your cooperation and continuing interest in your child’s education.



Gereta Wanza, Academic Lead Teacher




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                      Woodcreek Middle School
                                             Reading/English Language Arts Department




                                  Dialectical Journal Instructions
The purpose of this assignment is to analyze how John Boyne creates believable characters in the Boy
in the Striped Pajamas. A believable character has “positives and negatives, specific quirks or funny
obsessions, a history of who he or she is, and a community within which he or she exists” (Lattimer,
2003, p.176).

A dialectical journal is a double entry journal that helps one to read critically and develop the habit of
reflective questioning. It is a place to record and explore ideas using writing as a tool for learning. As
you read, you will find evidence of effective characterization and explain how each example reveals
the physical and psychological effects of war on people.

Guidelines

   -   While reading the text, you should make marginal notes about Farah’s use of effective
       characterization. Mark specific passages that show one or more of the following traits of a
       believable character:

                     positive and negative actions

                     funny habits, quirks, or obsessions

                     personal history or life story

                     community or family background

   -   You should have at least 10 entries for the entire novel.

   -   Your journal should be handwritten and formatted as the example pages illustrate.

   -   You may use loose-leaf paper or a composition book to complete your journal.

   -   Please copy the text verbatim, include quotation marks around the text, and put the page
       number in parenthesis after the quote.

   -   Your commentary should be insightful and well-written, connecting the author’s use of
       characterization to the psychological and physical effects of war on individuals.

   -   Edit for correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Make sure to write in complete sentences.



                                 A Quest For Excellence
                        Woodcreek Middle School
                                                 Reading/English Language Arts Department




                                  Set up each page of the journal in this format.
                               You may use loose-leaf paper or a composition book.

  Name

  Date

  Book

  Chapter



                FROM THE TEXT                                         COMMENTARY
Direct quotes, details or events from the text         Identification of characterization technique
                                                       Interpretation of the technique
                                                       Explanation of how the technique reveals the
(REMINDERS: Please copy the text verbatim,             effects of war on people
include quotation marks around the text, and put the
page number in parenthesis after the quote.)         (REMINDERS: Your analysis should be insightful
                                                     and well-written. Edit for correct punctuation,
                                                     grammar, and spelling. Make sure to write in
                                                     complete sentences.)




                                    A Quest For Excellence
                     Woodcreek Middle School
                                            Reading/English Language Arts Department


Sally Student

July 30, 2012

The Other Side of the Sky

Chapter: 1


                FROM THE TEXT                                         COMMENTARY
1. “Later on, when Junior went to secondary school,   1. This example reveals a funny obsession of the
he befriended some boys who taught him about          main character—hip hop music. The fact that the
foreign music and dance. During holidays, be          character identifies with the same music that
brought me cassettes and taught my friends and        American children listened to in the United
me how to dance to what we came to know as hip-       States makes it easier for readers to relate to him.
hop” (6).                                             Before he became a child soldier, he was innocent
                                                      and playful, just like any other adolescent. War
                                                      robs children of such innocence.




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