Summer Reading Assignment 6th grade
This summer, I would like for you to read City of the Beasts, by a famous Chilean author
named Isabel Allende. During the reading you will complete an assignment that requires
close and careful reading, as well as analysis of the author’s reasons for writing the novel.
Your final project will be due on the first day of school.
To receive full credit your final product must fulfill the following criteria for STEP 3:
• Paper must be typed, double spaced, 12 pt. Font (Times New Roman)
• Student’s full name and date- top right-hand corner of the paper.
• Title of the Novel and Author’s name on title line
Step 1: Begin reading the novel
Step 2: Create a system of codes you will use to notate the book. You will highlight
or mark the book for the following items:
• Characters: Any time the author gives an in-depth description of
character’s actions, appearance, or statements. Also note how other
characters react to that character.
• Settings: Time and place the story occurs, especially if the author spends
time describing setting.
• Author’s Message: Any part of the story where the author seems to be
making a statement (through descriptions or characters,) or seems to want
the reader to understand something important about life or humanity. The
author’s message leads to a THEME of the story.
The main theme topics on which the author focuses are:
Respect for Others Honoring the balance of Life
Relying on Internal Strength to meet Challenges
The Evil of Greed and Corruption
Step 3: After you complete the reading and notating, complete the following:
(You must write in complete sentences and include page numbers for quotes.)
1. Write a summary that reveals the main point of the book in terms of what the
main character learns in the end.
2. Somewhere in the story, the main character has an epiphany where he comes to a
greater understanding about who he is in the world and how the events in his life
have affected him. This is a specific moment in the novel. Summarize the scene
and give the most telling quote where the character reveals the epiphany.
3. Locate passages that define the main character’s attitude toward life, struggles,
loss, and friendship. Write down the passage and the page number, and explain
what the passage tells you about the character.
4. In every story, a seemingly insignificant character reveals a great truth to the main
character. Describe this minor character and what he or she has to teach.
5. Analyze the significance of the title. In the story, how is the meaning or purpose
of the title revealed?
6. How does the novel end, and how does the ending help you to better understand
the author’s message (theme)?
7. Copy three passages from the novel that best represent the author’s message about
one of the theme ideas. Be sure to place quotation marks around the passage,
because you are taking the wording directly from the book.
For each quotation, write a well-constructed break down which includes:
• The context (What is going on in the story where the quote
appears and who all is involved.)
• What the quote reveals about the theme idea and or the
• Include the page number where the quote is found.
8. Write a brief paragraph about what you did or did not like about the novel. What
did you think about the way the author wrote?
ENJOY THIS NOVEL! I LOOK FORWARD TO A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL 2009-
2010 SCHOOL YEAR!