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					Mrs. Sheehan                                                                                               2008-2009
                                          LITERATURE PACKETS
Instead of doing Reading Counts points this year, we will be doing literature packets. The concept behind these
packets is broadening your knowledge of genres (or categories) of literature. For each of these packets you will need
to complete the following items [worth a total of 200 points]:

        1. Genre Worksheet – given to you by Mrs. Sheehan (25 points)
        2. Dialectical Journal – a journal of your comments and questions that you have during your reading of the
                text, which should be at least the complete front and back of one sheet of paper (25 points)
        3. Vocabulary – at least 10 unfamiliar words you found in the text, their definitions, their synonyms, their
                antonyms, and the sentences in which you found the words (50 points)
                i.e.) Nonchalantly: without concern; casual; indifferent
                         synonym: easygoing
                         antonym: anxious
                         sentence: (pg. 25) “Okay,” I said nonchalantly, “might as well.”
                NOTE: If you cannot find vocabulary in your book, please see Mrs. Sheehan for assistance.
        4. Book Project – Choose one of the following options: a screenplay, a web page, a podcast, a PowerPoint,
                a game based on the book, a brochure, or an ABC adjective book. Whichever option you choose
                should demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge of the book in a creative format. The rubric
                and guidelines for these activities are listed on the back of this sheet. (100 points)

MRS. SHEEHAN NEEDS TO APPROVE EACH BOOK YOU READ AND SIGN OFF ON YOUR GENRE SHEET TO
INDICATE IT HAS BEEN APPROVED. You will be given the sheets for each genre at the beginning of the nine
weeks in which it is due. In case you have forgotten what each genre is, I have listed them below. In bold is the due
date for each genre. I will subtract 25 points for each school day the assignment is late (up to half credit or 100/200).
This is one letter grade each day, so I highly recommend that you turn your literature packets in on time.
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1 Nine Weeks
August 29, 2008 – Summer Reading Project* (see handout)
September 19, 2008 – Realistic Fiction (fictional books that contain conflicts / events that could actually happen)
October 10, 2008 – Animal Tale (fictional books that have animal characters and usually personification)
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2 Nine Weeks
October 31, 2008 – Mystery (fictional books containing clues that lead to the solution of a puzzling situation)
November 25, 2008 – Newbery Award Winner (fictional books that have received the Newbery Award that is
                    given for children’s prose)
December 18, 2008 – Nonfiction (factual book about a wide variety of topics; use the Dewey Decimal
                      system to help locate a book of interest to you that is at least 100 pages)
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3 Nine Weeks
January 30, 2009 – Poetry Packets* (see handout)
February 20, 2009 – Biography (a factual book about a person’s life; must be at least 100 pages)
March 13, 2009 – Historical Fiction (fictional books that are based on historical people, places and/or events)
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4 Nine Weeks
April 17, 2009 – Science Fiction (fictional books often about the future or far away places that would be
                 considered fantasy)
April 24, 2009 – News Reporting* (factual articles or programs about current events; one genre sheet will need to
                 be filled out for each source: newspaper article, magazine article and evening news broadcast;
                 please make sure to include the date of the article/program on which you are reporting)
May 13, 2009 – Plays (fictional works written in script form that include dialogue and stage directions; must be at
                         least a one act play) Screenplay is not an option for project for this genre.
Mrs. Sheehan                                                                                                          2008-2009

Book Project
Choose one of the following options for each literature packet: a screenplay, a web page, a podcast, a PowerPoint, a
game based on the book, a brochure, or an ABC adjective book.

Screenplay: This script should be a shortened version of your novel that highlights the main plot without giving too
much detail; if acted out, it should be approximately 3-5 mintues. As you are writing this script, be sure to inform your
audience about the book’s characters, setting, and at least seven (7) events/conflicts. As your title page, create a
playbill that advertises your production.

Web Page: Your page will be a published link on my web page on the World Wide Web once it has been graded.
Please create a catchy site that will interest potential readers to select this book to read. Be sure to inform your
audience about the book’s characters, setting, and at least three (3) detailed events, as well as include a
picture/illustration with a caption that explains how it is related to the book. Please see my web page for a template.

Podcast: This broadcast made for the Internet should be similar to a catchy advertisement you might hear on the
radio. It will be a published link on my web page on the World Wide Web once it has been graded. Please create a
sales pitch, or slogan, to include in your audio advertisement. Also be sure to inform your audience about the book’s
characters, setting, and at least three (3) detailed events. Please see my web page for a link to instructions on
podcasts.

PowerPoint: Using Microsoft PowerPoint, create a presentation on your book. Please make your slides and slide
transitions interesting and appealing. Audio effects are impressive, but please don’t let them be distractions from your
information. Be sure to inform your audience about the book’s characters, setting, theme, and at least three (3)
detailed events.

Game: Create a game based on the book you read. Please be sure to include the book’s characters, setting, and plot
events/conflicts in the creation of your game. Don’t forget that you will need to write detailed instructions on how to
play the game. You may want to have friends and/or family try out the game before turning it in.

Brochure: Create an appealing tri-fold brochure out of paper or poster board. Please be sure to inform your audience
about the book’s characters, setting, and at least three (3) detailed events. Also use your persuasive writing skills to
convince the audience to read the book.

ABC Adjective Book: Create an alphabet book with a word or name beginning with each letter of the alphabet that
could be associated with your book. Please create an illustration for each word or name. When you list the word,
describe in two to three sentences how that word applies to the book. Use a thesaurus to help you find some quality
words. [Example: G is for Greasers. In The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton the “greasers” are a group of boys that are from
the East Side. The “greasers” are a rival gang to the Socs of the West Side and often get into rumbles with them.]

RUBRIC FOR BOOK PROJECT:
Requirements       1 included               2 included          3 included                4 included
(4 underlined in   [12-14 pts.]             [16 pts.]           [18 pts.]                 [20 pts.]
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each option)
Detail             no detail; reader’s      sporadic details;   adequate details;         extremely detailed;
                   imagination working      imagination still   imagination barely        imagination is on
                   hard                     working             working                   vacation
                   [13-14 pts.]             [15-16 pts.]        [17-18 pts.]              [19-20 pts.]               /20
Support            none or one example      2-3 examples        4-5 examples from text    more than 5 examples
                   from text given          from text given     given                     from text given
                   [13-14 pts.]             [15-16 pts.]        [17-18 pts.]              [19-20 pts.]
                                                                                                                     /20
Creativity         shows no creativity      shows little        shows grade               shows superb
                   [13-14 pts.]             creativity          appropriate creativity    creativity
                                            [15-16 pts.]        [17-18 pts.]              [19-20 pts.]               /20
Grammar/           serious errors make it   frequent errors,    few errors; appropriate   skillful application of
Punctuation        hard to understand       but readable        for grade level           mechanics
                   [13-14 pts.]             [15-16 pts.]        [17-18 pts.]              [19-20 pts.]
                                                                                                                     /20

Total                                                                                                               /100

				
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