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                                                         English Department

                    NLCP Summer Reading Assignment – English I: World Literatures (Grade 9)
                                     Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

2 June 2010

Dear 2010-2011 English I: World Literatures Student:

Welcome to North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School! In order to be successful at NLCP, you
must put forth your best effort on all of your assignments. The following is one of the first opportunities for you to
do so.

In order to be prepared for the first day of class in August, you must complete the following exercise. This exercise
will become your first graded assignment of the 2007-2008 school year. You must read this novel and complete all
assignments before the first day of school. Please bring completed assignments with you to English class on the
first day of school. Read over the assignment carefully and answer each question with a thoughtful and well-
written response.

The following assignments are required:

1. Library Card: You must obtain your own public library card. Be prepared to show your card in class for a grade.
2. Comprehension/Guiding Questions: You will answer ALL 6 questions (each with several parts to it) to help your
  understanding and push your thinking about the book. When appropriate, you must support your answers with
  specific evidence from the text. All answers must be written in complete sentences.
3. Episodic Notes: In order to complete the Episodic Notes assignment, you will use a graphic organizer (handout)
  to highlight the six most important events from the novel. You will draw an image to represent each event,
  describe what is happening in your picture, and explain why it is important.
4. Letter to Damien: Think about Damien’s decision at the end of Street Love. Write a letter to Damien. Tell him
  whether you agree or disagree with his decision. Your letter must state your opinion and discuss 3 reasons
  why you agree or disagree with Damien’s decision.
5. Final Chapter: After reading Street Love, you will write an extra chapter to the book. Write a chapter
  describing what Damien and Junice are doing five years after the last chapter of the book. The chapter will be
  titled ―Damien and Junice Five Years Later‖. The chapter must be written in the same style as the book and be
  20 lines or more.


Typing your work is not a requirement, but if you want to impress your English teacher: Type your work!

We are looking forward to seeing you in August and being a part of your freshman experience.


Enjoy your summer,

Ms. Heidi Curran, Ms. Deondra Jackson, Ms. Misuzu Miyashita, and Ms. Kimberly Cody
                                Comprehension/Guiding Questions
                                 Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

Directions: Answer each question on a separate sheet of paper.
   1. Each of the following questions has more than one part. Answer ALL parts to ALL questions.
   2. When appropriate, use specific evidence from the text to support your answers.
   3. Make sure you answer each part in complete sentences!
   4. You might start by highlighting or underlining each part of every question.
   5. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation count!


   1. On pages 5–6, Damien and Sledge face off to fight. Why does Damien walk away from Sledge?
      What does Damien’s decision to back off show about his character?

   2. Miss Ruby asks the question, ―Why you chasing White Girl dreams?‖ (page 19). Whom is she
      asking? What are White Girl dreams? How are they different from Black Girl dreams?

   3. The guards, the judge, her daughters, and society all make the assumption that if Leslie loved her
      children, she wouldn’t have made the decision to sell drugs—she wouldn’t have risked going to
      prison. Is there any truth in this judgment? What defense does she offer? How does she try to
      make Junice responsible for her conviction and prison sentence?

   4. On pages 29 and 31, Damien and Junice separately relate their experiences of sitting on the bench
      in the school office. How do their perspectives differ? What experiences have they had that give
      insight into their individual perspectives?

   5. It is apparent from the life experiences of both Damien’s and Junice’s parents (pages 42–47) that
      Damien and Junice have been raised differently. What are the parents’ expectations for their
      children? How do they differ? How are they similar? How do their perspectives on Damien and
      Junice’s relationship differ?

   6. Based on the opinions of other characters and Junice’s actions and thoughts, what words would
      describe her? Based on the same criteria, what words would describe Damien? How do they
      differ? How are they similar?
                                            Episodic Notes
Purpose: Identify the most important moments; show comprehension and organization
          (sequence).
Directions:
1. Identify the six most crucial stages, scenes, or moments in the story.
2. In the box, draw what happens and what you ―see‖ for each chapter. Be as specific as possible.
3. Remember, these are notes, not works of art. Try to capture the action and important details
   of each scene/chapter.
4. Label each image with the title of the chapter from which it came.
5. Explain (in the notes section) what is happening and why it is important.
6. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation count!

                                                      Title of Chapter: ______________________
                                                      What is happening?
                                                      ______________________________________
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                                                      Why is it important?
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                                                      Title of Chapter: ______________________
                                                      What is happening?
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                                                      Why is it important?
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                                                      Title of Chapter: ______________________
                                                      What is happening?
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                                                      Why is it important?
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Episodic Notes Continued…
             Title of Chapter: ______________________
             What is happening?
             ______________________________________
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             Why is it important?
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             Title of Chapter: ______________________
             _____
             What is happening?
             ______________________________________
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             Why is it important?
             ______________________________________
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             Title of Chapter: ______________________
             _____ is happening?
             What
             ______________________________________
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             Why is it important?
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                                          Letter to Damien
Purpose: To make connections to text by evaluating events in the text.

   1. Think about Damien’s decision at the end of Street Love.
   2. Write a letter to Damien. Tell him whether you agree or disagree with his decision.
   3. Your letter must state your opinion and discuss 3 reasons why you agree or disagree with his
      decision.
   4. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation count!

Dear Damien,
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Sincerely,
______________________________
                                           Final Chapter

Purpose: Use creative writing to extend comprehension beyond the text.

   1.   It is now five years later.
   2.   Write a chapter describing what Damien and Junice are doing now.
   3.   The chapter must be 20 lines or more.
   4.   The chapter must be written in a poetic style just like the book.
   5.   Grammar, punctuation, and spelling count!

                       Damien and Junice five years later
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                                                                                2010-2011 North Lawndale College Prep High School
                                                                               Freshmen Team Summer Reading Assignment Rubric
Student Name:_____________________________________ Course:_____________________________________ Date:________________________________ Period:__________


                                   Optimize Standards                                                                                                                                                                      Your
                                     (15-14 points)                   Exceed Standards                                  Meet Standards                                 Do Not Meet Standards                               Points
                                                                                      (13-12 points)                                      (11 pts)                                       (10-0 points)


                       Assignments at this level                      Assignments at this level                         Assignments at this level                      Assignments at this level include
                       include                                        include                                           include
      Library Card     Student brings in his/her library card.                                                                                                         Student does not bring in his/her library card.




     Comprehension     Exceptional, complete, and thoughtful          Effective, complete answers to all parts of all   Somewhat effective, complete answers to          Ineffective, incomplete or partially complete
       Questions       answers to all parts of all questions.         questions.                                        most parts of most questions.                   answers to the questions. The answers do not
                                                                                                                                                                               reflect comprehension of the text.
                       Exceptional use of specific evidence from      Effective use of some specific evidence from      Somewhat effective or little use of evidence
                       the text to support answers when               the text to support answers when                  from the text to support answers when          Little to no use of evidence from the text to
                       appropriate.                                   appropriate.                                      appropriate.                                   support answers when appropriate.

                       All answers written in complete sentences.     Most answers are written in complete              Some answers are written in complete           Few or no answers are written in complete
                                                                      sentences.                                        sentences.                                     sentences.
                       Writing that displays an exceptional use of
                       grammar, punctuation, and spelling.            Writing that displays and effective control of    Writing that displays some control of           Writing that displays little to no control of
                                                                      grammar, punctuation, and spelling that           grammar, punctuation, and spelling that         grammar, punctuation, and spelling which
                                                                      rarely distracts the reader.                      often distracts the reader.                     makes it hard for the reader to comprehend.
   Episodic            Exceptional pictures that displays             Effective pictures that displays effective        Somewhat effective pictures that displays      Incomplete or partially complete pictures that
                       exceptional comprehension.                     comprehension.                                    some comprehension.                            display little to no comprehension.
   Notes
                       Exceptional explanations of the pictures and   Effective explanations of the pictures and the    Somewhat effective explanations of the         Little to no explanations of the pictures and the
                       the chapters’ importance to the book as a      chapters’ importance to the book as a whole.      pictures and the chapters’ importance to the   chapters’ importance to the book as a whole.
                       whole.                                                                                           book as a whole.
                                                                      Writing that displays and effective control of                                                   Writing that displays little to no control of
                       Writing that displays an exceptional use of    grammar, punctuation, and spelling that           Writing that displays some control of          grammar, punctuation, and spelling which
                       grammar, punctuation, and spelling             rarely distracts the reader.                      grammar, punctuation, and spelling that        makes it hard for the reader to comprehend.
                                                                                                                        often distracts the reader.
    Letter to Damian   An exceptionally clear and thoughtful          An effective, clear opinion and an effective,     A somewhat clear, logical opinion and a        There is an unclear or no opinion. The writer
                       opinion and logical discussion if three        logical discussion of three reasons to            somewhat clear, logical discussion of three    did not use three reasons to support the
                       reasons to support the opinion.                support the opinion.                              reasons to support the opinion.                opinion.

                       Writing displays an exceptional control of     Writing displays an effective control of          Writing displays some control of grammar,      Writing displays little to no control of
                       grammar, punctuation, and spelling.            grammar, punctuation, and spelling that           punctuation, and spelling that often           grammar, punctuation, and spelling which
                                                                      rarely distracts the reader.                      distracts the reader.                          makes it hard to comprehend the letter.
     Final Chapter     Exceptional clarity and creativity and makes   Effective clarity and creativity and makes        Some clarity and some creativity, makes        Did you read Street Love? The final chapter
                       sense in relation to the novel.                sense in relation to the novel.                   sense, and shows a basic understanding of      shows no evidence of having read the story.
                                                                                                                        the novel.
                       More than 20 lines.                            The requirement of 20 lines.                                                                     Less than 20 lines.
                                                                                                                        The requirement of 20 lines.
                       Writing displays an exceptional control of     Writing displays an effective control of                                                         Writing displays little to no control of
                       grammar, punctuation, and spelling.            grammar, punctuation, and spelling that           Writing displays some control of grammar,      grammar, punctuation, and spelling which
                                                                      rarely distracts the reader.                      punctuation, and spelling that often           makes it hard to comprehend the letter.
                                                                                                                        distracts the reader.

				
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