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Name: __________________________ Independent Literature Genre Study There are many different types of books.

Most of us have one or two favourite kinds (science fiction, drama, mystery), and the independent literature genre study is designed to get you exploring genres you may not have read before. The project requirements are as follows: • Each student is required to read a minimum of three novels, but you are encouraged to do more as time permits. • Each novel must be from a different genre (see attached page). • Each novel must be approximately 150 pages or more. • While reading the novel, you will complete tasks on sticky notes that reflect your thoughts (10 connections and 10 questions spread throughout, minimum). • After reading each novel, you will complete a summary page and a project that captures the essence of each book. The literature study will occur from Wednesday, March 26 to Wednesday, June 5. Much of your work on this project will be completed at home but it is recommended that you bring your book back and forth each day so you can take every opportunity to read/work possible. Another option is to keep one copy of the book at school and take another copy out of the public library to keep at home. Deadline #1: First book with sticky notes, Book Summary, and a project due Wednesday, April 24. Deadline #2: Second book with sticky notes and a project due Wednesday, May 15. Deadline #3: Third book with sticky notes and a project due Wednesday, June 5. CHALLENGE: Do a fourth book by the final deadline, and come up with your own unique project to show your learning. You will be given a selection of possible projects to choose from. By the end of the novel study, you must hand in one written, one oral, and one visual project.

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Independent Genre Study - Project Choices Over the course of the genre study, you must complete a minimum of three projects: one for each book you read. Out of these three projects, one should fall into the “visual” category, one into the “oral” category, and one into the “written” category. Possibilities include: Visual • • • • • • Oral • • • • • • A board game (self-contained) A set of character trading cards (5 minimum) A “book trailer” (like a movie trailer; this is an ad for the book) Comic strip (summarizing plot; minimum 10 frames) Setting pop-up illustration with written description Book jacket (including illustration, teaser/summary, reviews, and “about the author”) PowerPoint – mostly pictures, and presented orally Dress up as a character and perform a monologue Interview – the “author” or another character Book soundtrack (8 songs, choices explained orally and in writing; hand in CD) Taped performance of section from book (min. 4 pages). Be sure to use a variety of voices and sound effects, if applicable. “Book in a box” (decorate with pictures on outside; include items that represents characters, important events, and important symbols from the story); present orally to class

Written • Newspaper article describing key event(s) from story • Diary or Journal entries from character’s perspective (min. 7 entries) • Blog from character’s perspective (min. 7 entries) • Classic book report • Rewrite a section of the book from a different character’s perspective (min. one short chapter or 4-5 pages) • Rewrite the ending of the book (min. one short chapter or 4-5 pages) * If you have another idea as to the kind of assignment you’d like to complete, please approach Ms. St. Denis to okay it beforehand.

Name: __________________________ Book Summary Title: __________________________________________________________________ Genre: ___________________________ Year of Publication: ________________ Author: _____________________________ Number of Pages: _____________________

Main Character(s): ________________________________________________________ Supporting Character(s): ___________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _ Describe the setting of this book (when, where): ________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Describe the main conflict in this story: _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ Describe three or more main events that occur during the novel: _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________ _

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_______________________________________________________________________ _ Out of five stars, what would you rate this novel? Explain why. _______________________________________________________________________ _ _______________________________________________________________________

Name: __________________________ Sticky Note Process – Book 1 (Complete 10 of each type) Making Connections There are three types of connections that a person makes as they read.
1) Text-to-self Symbol: T-S Connections that a person makes to their own experiences 2) Text-world in the Symbol: T-W Connections that a person makes to events outside world 3) Text-text Symbol: T-T Connections that a person makes to other texts, which may include books, newspapers, movies, websites, etc.

Questioning When you use sticky notes to code what you read, first write down the question. After you’ve finished, go back and add the letters than indicate the type of question you think it was, if possible. Symbol ?A Description Questions that are answered in the text.


Questions that are answered from someone’s background knowledge (something they already knew). Questions whose answers can be inferred from the text.



Questions that can be answered by further discussion.


Questions that require further research to be answered.

Name: __________________________ ?Huh? Questions that signal confusion.


Questions about the meaning (definition) of words. *Find the definition and write it down on this note.

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