English II: American Literatures (Regular)

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					North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
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English Department May 17th, 2009 Dear 2009-20010 English II: American Literatures or Honors American Literatures Student, Congratulations on your completion of freshman year! We in the English Department are looking forward to working with you again next year as you continue to develop intellectually and personally. Your scholarly pursuits in English will begin this summer with this year’s summer reading book and the writing and viewing assignment that accompanies it. These reading and writing exercises will become your first graded assignment of the 2008-2009 school year.    Buy a copy of the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (about $7). Acquire (you can rent this) a copy of the film Finding Forrester. Buy a spiral notebook to in which you will complete the Double-Entry Journal assignment.

Your assignment must be completed before the first day of school, and you should bring the completed assignment with you to English class on Monday, August 31, 2009. Read over the assignment carefully and understand that your work needs to represent your best, most thoughtful effort. Summer Reading Assignment 1. Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and watch Finding Forrester. 2. For BOTH the book and the film, complete 20 Double-Entry Journal entries for the main characters in EACH work, so that’s 40 entries altogether. This will help you get a great sense of who each character really is as a person. 3. Once you complete the Double-Entry Journal, you will then write two letters. One letter will be from the perspective of Arnold from the book, and the other letter will be from the perspective of Jamal. The letters will be a sort of dialogue, or conversation, between the two characters.  The first letter should be from one of the characters to the other (your choice)  The second letter should be a response from the other character  Each letter should be as if the character himself wrote it and should “sound” like it is written in the voice of each character and refer to each person’s actual experiences from the book. You will be assessed for how well you can represent each character.  The purpose of the letters is to see how well you, one, understand the characters, two, understand the themes of the book and film, and, three, to allow you to show what you know creatively. 4. Finally, you will make an artistic representation (picture—drawing, painting; collage) of what you believe is the strongest common theme between the book and the movie. Meaning, you need to show visually what big idea about life the book and film have in common. You will be given a rubric to help you decide what makes a good product.

Summer is a time where we can settle back and reflect on what has occurred and imagine what is to come. As you settle into the summer and enter into the lives of the characters, reflect on your life as a scholar in progress. With best wishes for your summer,

Jake Weiler, Sara Eisenbaum, Ebony Parks, Ian Taylor The English Department North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School

2009 Sophomore English Summer Assignment Rubric
Student Name:_____________________________________ Date:________________________________ Period:__________

Optimize Standards (A Grade: 50-45 points)
CHARACTER NOTES Make doublejournal entry notes about the main characters in the book and the film Letter from Arnold Spirit (a.k.a. “Junior”) to Jamal Wallace Pretend you are Arnold writing a letter to Jamal. 1 page, typed, 12pt. font, Times New Roman font Letter from Jamal Wallace to Arnold Spirit (a.k.a. “Junior”) Pretend you are Jamal writing a letter to Arnold. 1 page, typed, 12pt. font, Times New Roman font ILLUSTRATE A THEME Identify a major theme that the book and movie have in common and transform that theme into a visual illustration.  20+ passages from the book and 20+ passages from the film  Very thoughtful analyses of the passages  A demonstration of great effort   The letter very closely resembles the way Arnold would write Reveals a very complete understanding of an important theme in the book

Exceed Standards (B Grade: 44-40 points)
 Almost 20 passages from the book and almost 20 passages from the film  Thoughtful analyses of the passages  A demonstration of some effort   The letter closely resembles the way Arnold would write Reveals a mostly complete understanding of an important theme in the book A demonstration of some effort

Meet Standards (C Grade: 39-35 points)
 Some passages from the book and some passages from the film  Somewhat thoughtful analysis of the passages  A demonstration of little effort   The letter somewhat resembles the way Arnold would write Reveals a somewhat complete understanding of an important theme in the book A demonstration of little effort

Do Not Meet Standards (F Grade: 34-0 points)
 Very few passages from the book and/or film  Little to no analysis of the passages  No significant demonstration of effort   The letter does not resemble the way Arnold would write. Does not reveal an understanding of an important theme in the book

Your Points

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A demonstration of great effort

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No significant demonstration of effort

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The letter very closely resembles the way Jamal would write Reveals a very complete understanding of an important theme in the movie

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The letter closely resembles the way Jamal would write Reveals a mostly complete understanding of an important theme in the movie A demonstration of some effort

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The letter somewhat resembles the way Jamal would write Reveals a somewhat complete understanding of an important theme in the movie A demonstration of little effort

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The letter does not resemble the way Jamal would write. Does not reveal an understanding of an important theme in the movie

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A demonstration of great effort

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No significant demonstration of effort

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Reveals a very complete understanding of an important theme in the book/movie

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Reveals a mostly complete understanding of an important theme in the book/movie Effectively transforms a written message into a visual message Original and imaginative A demonstration of some effort

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Reveals a somewhat complete understanding of an important theme in the book/movie Somewhat effectively transforms a written message into a visual message Somewhat original and imaginative A demonstration of little effort

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Does not reveal an understanding of an important theme in the book/movie

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Very effectively transforms a written message into a visual message Exceptionally original and imaginative A demonstration of great effort

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Does not effectively transform a written message into a visual message Not significantly original or imaginative No significant demonstration of effort

Your grade out of 200 points: ________________________

Double-Entry Journal
Use the template below as an example of how your summer reading journal should look.
Quotation: a phrase or sentence that is a good example for what I’m looking for.
Character: Romeo “A gentleman, nurse, that loves to hear himself talk and will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.” Page: 55 Character: T.I. “No more stress, now I’m straight. Now I get it, now I take time to think before I make mistakes, just for my family’s stake. That part of me left yesterday. The heart of me is strong today. No regrets, I’m blessed to say: the old me dead and gone today.”

Analysis: What does the quotation tell me about the character’s personality, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and/or instincts?
Romeo is talking about himself. I can tell that Romeo is very self-confident. He is actually arrogant. He admits that he likes to hear himself talk, thinking that he is always right.


				
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