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					                               The Classics
                  What is the value of reading ‘classics’?
                 What makes a work of literature a ‘classic’?
                                     May 2011
                              MYP Year 4 9th grade English
                                    Mrs. Cebula
                                120 point assignment

You will read one of five classic novels for this unit. You must select a book that you
have not read before. You will make connections between your classic book and other
books that we read this year and that you have read in the past. Reading a classic will
enhance your vocabulary, your reading interests and increase your knowledge of what is
considered „good‟ literature.
            You must finish reading your book by May 24, so plan ahead!

Classics to choose from:
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1984 by George Orwell

   1. Five total reader responses. Each worth 10 points for a total of 50 points. Each
      are on a specific topic relating to literary terminology and your experience as the
      reader. DUE May 24
   2. Literature Circle discussion. 20 points May 25/26 and/or May 27
   3. In class essay. June 1: 50 points.
   4. Exit passes and bellwork assignments throughout.

Reader Responses DUE: May 24 MUST BE SUBMITTED TO
Each response must be at least one page, typed, double spaced, times new roman, font
size 12. Each response must have a single spaced heading on the left as follows:
Your name
Book title by, author
Response # __
Pages that correspond to the response
Response topic:

*Each response must contain at least two properly cited quotation (under 25 words) that
helps to illuminate your response. Check your MLA book on page 116 for proper format
of integrating literary quotations. Be sure that your “pages that correspond to the
response” span the entire book meaning that the first response is pages 1-50, the second is
pages 51-100…or any other way that you choose to break up the book into sections.

Response topics:
What is the setting and how does it shape the storyline?
What main conflicts do you see and why do they move the story along?
What is the point of view of the story and why is it shaping the reader‟s view of the story?
What is the theme of the novel and how can you relate to it?
How would you describe the author‟s style?
What symbols, foreshadowing, or flashbacks do you see and how do they shape the story?
What is one character that really stands out to you? Use the five elements of characterization to describe the

Grading: Responses will be graded based on content and format. Be sure to not just
summarize, give your ideas.

In Class Essay June 1
This is a „quickwrite‟ style response that is graded only on content, however if your
response is illegible, your grade will naturally be lowered. The point of this assignment is
to pull your ideas together quickly and concisely.

  What connections can you make between your classic and another book we have read
                                        this year?
Think about the themes, settings, characters, and topics presented in the various books we
have read so far this year. Compare your classic book with another one that you find a lot
of similarities to. Anthem and Of Mice and Men are most likely your best choices for the
most thorough explanation. You may bring notes or an outline to class to help you to
answer this, but you may not bring in a rough copy of a paper. You will turn in any notes
that you brought as preparation.

                                        Enjoy your new novel!