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English Department NLCP Summer Reading Assignment – English I: World Literatures (Grade 9) Street Love by Walter Dean Myers 1 June 2009 Dear 2009-2010 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 wellwritten 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. Carmen Gutierrez, 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?

______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________
Why is it important?

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Title of Chapter: ______________________ What is happening?

______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________
Why is it important?

___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________
Title of Chapter: ______________________ What is happening?

______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________
Why is it important?

___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Episodic Notes Continued…
Title of Chapter: ______________________ What is happening? ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Why is it important? ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ____________________ ______________________________________ Title of Chapter: ______________________ _____ What is happening? ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Why is it important? ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ____________________ ______________________________________ Title of Chapter: ______________________ _____ is happening? What ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Why is it important? ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ____________________ ______________________________________ _____

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, _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Sincerely, ______________________________

Final Chapter
Purpose: Use creative writing to extend comprehension beyond the text. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. It is now five years later. Write a chapter describing what Damien and Junice are doing now. The chapter must be 20 lines or more. The chapter must be written in a poetic style just like the book. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling count!

Damien and Junice five years later _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________

2009-2010 North Lawndale College Prep High School Freshmen Team Summer Reading Assignment Rubric Student Name:_____________________________________ Course:_____________________________________ Date:________________________________ Period:__________ Optimize Standards (15-14 points) Your Points

Exceed Standards (13-12 points)

Meet Standards (11 pts)

Do Not Meet Standards (10-0 points)

Assignments at this level include
Library Card Student brings in his/her library card.

Assignments at this level include

Assignments at this level include

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

Comprehension Questions

Exceptional, complete, and thoughtful answers to all parts of all questions. Exceptional use of specific evidence from the text to support answers when appropriate. All answers written in complete sentences. Writing that displays an exceptional use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Effective, complete answers to all parts of all questions. Effective use of some specific evidence from the text to support answers when appropriate. Most answers are written in complete sentences. Writing that displays and effective control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that rarely distracts the reader. Effective pictures that displays effective comprehension. Effective explanations of the pictures and the chapters’ importance to the book as a whole. Writing that displays and effective control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that rarely distracts the reader. An effective, clear opinion and an effective, logical discussion of three reasons to support the opinion. Writing displays an effective control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that rarely distracts the reader. Effective clarity and creativity and makes sense in relation to the novel. The requirement of 20 lines.

Somewhat effective, complete answers to most parts of most questions. Somewhat effective or little use of evidence from the text to support answers when appropriate. Some answers are written in complete sentences. Writing that displays some control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that often distracts the reader. Somewhat effective pictures that displays some comprehension. Somewhat effective explanations of the pictures and the chapters’ importance to the book as a whole. Writing that displays some control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that often distracts the reader. A somewhat clear, logical opinion and a somewhat clear, logical discussion of three reasons to support the opinion. Writing displays some control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that often distracts the reader. Some clarity and some creativity, makes sense, and shows a basic understanding of the novel. The requirement of 20 lines.

Ineffective, incomplete or partially complete answers to the questions. The answers do not reflect comprehension of the text. Little to no use of evidence from the text to support answers when appropriate. Few or no answers are written in complete sentences. Writing that displays little to no control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling which makes it hard for the reader to comprehend. Incomplete or partially complete pictures that display little to no comprehension. Little to no explanations of the pictures and the chapters’ importance to the book as a whole. Writing that displays little to no control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling which makes it hard for the reader to comprehend. There is an unclear or no opinion. The writer did not use three reasons to support the opinion. Writing displays little to no control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling which makes it hard to comprehend the letter. Did you read Street Love? The final chapter shows no evidence of having read the story. Less than 20 lines. Writing displays little to no control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling which makes it hard to comprehend the letter.

Episodic Notes

Exceptional pictures that displays exceptional comprehension. Exceptional explanations of the pictures and the chapters’ importance to the book as a whole. Writing that displays an exceptional use of grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Letter to Damian

An exceptionally clear and thoughtful opinion and logical discussion if three reasons to support the opinion. Writing displays an exceptional control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Final Chapter

Exceptional clarity and creativity and makes sense in relation to the novel. More than 20 lines. Writing displays an exceptional control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Writing displays an effective control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that rarely distracts the reader.

Writing displays some control of grammar, punctuation, and spelling that often distracts the reader.


				
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