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3C INDEPENDENT NOVEL STUDY: BLOGGING ASSIGNMENT

Using the novel you have chosen to read, you will be writing a series of blogs
(5 in total 4 formative and 1 summative) that will discuss various ideas present in
the novel, as well as how the exploration of these ideas can be usefully applied to
your own life experiences.
The novel study will take five weeks in total. The first four weeks will adhere to the
following schedule:
Monday
Week
1
(Mar
30
Apr 3)

Working on
Discussion
Ticket In
Reading Your
Novel

Tuesday
Indian Horse: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 52 and you must have
completed your ticket in)
Night/Dawn: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 50 and you must have
completed your ticket in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Week
2
(Apr 6
to Apr
9)

Responding
to 5 blogs (3
from your
class and 2
from the
other 3C
class)
Working on
Discussion
Ticket In
Reading Your
Novel

Week
3
(Apr
14-17)

Responding
to 5 blogs (2
from our
class and 3
from the
other 3C
class)
Working on
Discussion
Ticket In
Reading Your
Novel

Week
4
(Apr
20-Apr
24)

Responding
to 5 blogs (3
from your
class and 2
from the
other 3C

Indian Horse: Group


Discussion (have read to
page 107 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)
Night/Dawn: Group
Discussion (have read to the
end of Night and you must
have completed your ticket
in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.
Indian Horse: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 157 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)

Wednesday
The Kite Runner: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 106 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)
Fahrenheit 451: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 47 and you must have
completed your ticket in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.
The Kite Runner: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 199 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)
Fahrenheit 451: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 98 and you must have
completed your ticket in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.
The Kite Runner: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 306 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)

Night/Dawn: Group
Discussion (have read to
page 43 of Dawn and you
must have completed your
ticket in)

Fahrenheit 451: Group


Discussion (have read to
page 145 and you must
have completed your ticket
in)

Reading Your Novel and/or


Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.
Indian Horse: Group
Discussion (have the novel
finished and you must have
completed your ticket in)

Reading Your Novel and/or


Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.
The Kite Runner: Group
Discussion (have read to the
end of the novel and you
must have completed your
ticket in)

Night/Dawn: Group

Thursday
Catcher in the Rye and Lord
of the Flies: Group Discussion
(both groups need to have
read to page 59 and must
have completed their tickets
in).
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Catcher in the Rye: Group


Discussion (have read to page
113 and you must have
completed your ticket in).
Lord of the Flies: Group
Discussion (have read to page
118 and you must have
completed your ticket in).

Friday
Typing up
you
weekly
blog and
adding a
visual
(due date
is Friday
by the
end of
class)

Typing up
you
weekly
blog and
adding a
visual
(due date
is by the
end of
Friday)

Reading Your Novel and/or


Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Catcher in the Rye: Group


Discussion (have read to page
166 and you must have
completed your ticket)
Lord of the Flies: Group
Discussion (have read to page
159 and you must have
completed your ticket in).
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Catcher in the Rye: Group


Discussion (have read to page
214 and you must have
completed your ticket)
Lord of the Flies: Group

Typing up
you
weekly
blog and
adding a
visual
(due date
is Sunday
by the
end of
class)

Typing up
you
weekly
blog and
adding a
visual

class)
Working on
Discussion
Ticket In
Reading Your
Novel

Discussion (have read to the


end of Dawn and you must
have completed your ticket
in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Fahrenheit 451: Group


Discussion (have read to the
end of the novel and you
must have completed your
ticket in)
Reading Your Novel and/or
Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Discussion (have read to page


225 and you must have
completed your ticket in).

(due date
is Sunday
by the
end of
class)

Reading Your Novel and/or


Working on Rough Copy of
Your First Blog and/or
Completing a Ticket In.

Each of the blogs you write, while formative, can help increase your grade if you do
a good job on them. If you do a good job on your formative blogs and end up not
doing as well on the final, the levels on your formative blogs can help raise your
grade on the summative.
You will also be receiving, as part of the unit mark, a grade for the consistency of
your understanding of how to effectively respond to the blogs of others. Over the
course of the unit, you will be required to comment on 20 blogs. Each comment will
form part of your overall blog response grade.
RUBRIC FOR EACH WEEKLY BLOG
Knowledge

Thinking

Communicati
on

Application

4 (80 100%)

3 (70-79%)

2 (60-69%)

1 (I-59%)

Entry has more than 3


specific and relevant
references, including
one quotation, from the
specified section
student was to have
read.
Entry is appropriate in
its word choices and
uses an interesting and
engaging
conversational tone.

Entry has at least 3


specific and relevant
references to the novel.

Entry has at least 2


specific references.

Entry has at least 1


specific and relevant
reference from the novel.

Entry is appropriate in its


word choices and uses an
appropriate informal,
honest and conversational
tone.

Entry pays some


attention to tone and is
mostly appropriate in its
word choices.

The visual the writer


has chosen adds
dramatically to the
tone of the piece. It
also emphasises, with
excellent effectiveness,
the main idea of the
piece.
Entry demonstrates
excellent skill with
punctuation, grammar
and spelling (3 errors
or less).

The visual the writer has


chosen helps create a
sense of tone in the piece.
It also emphasises the
main idea of the piece.

Entry is mostly appropriate


in its word choices and
attempts an appropriate
informal, honest and
conversational tone (but
the tone may not be
consistent).

The connections
between the writer and
the character, as well
as the explanations
given to support ideas,
demonstrate excellent
insight, care and
thought.

Entry demonstrates good


skill with punctuation,
grammar and spelling (3
errors, 1 of which may be
a major error run on
sentence, fragment, or
comma splice).
The connections between
the writer and the
character, as well as the
explanations given to
support ideas,
demonstrate good insight,
care and thought.

The visual the writer has


chosen adds reasonably
well to the tone of the
piece. It also emphasises
somewhat the main idea
of the piece.
Entry demonstrates
reasonable skill with
punctuation, grammar and
spelling (4-5 errors, 2 of
which may be major).

The connections between


the writer and the
character, as well as the
explanations given to
support ideas, are
reasonable, with some, but
inconsistent, insight.

The visual the writer has


chosen adds little to the
tone of the piece. It also
emphasises the main
idea of the piece to a
limited degree.

Entry demonstrates
limited skill with
punctuation, grammar
and spelling (over 5
errors, 3 or more of
which may be major).
The connections
between the writer and
the character, as well as
the explanations given to
support ideas, are
reasonable and
demonstrate an attempt
to think deeply about the
question.

RUBRIC FOR WEEKLY COMMENTS


Communicati
on

Thinking

All comments are


written with a positive,
helpful, and appropriate
tone.

Most comments are


written with a positive,
helpful, and appropriate
tone.

There are very few, to


no, grammar, spelling,
or punctuation errors.

There are a few


grammar, spelling, or
punctuation errors, one
of which is major.
Student has a good
understanding of how to
focus on and comment
usefully on specific and
relevant aspects of
others blogs.

Student clearly has an


excellent understanding
of how to focus on and
comment usefully on
specific and relevant
aspects of others
blogs.

Over half of the


comments are written
with a positive,
helpful, and
appropriate tone.
There are some,
grammar, spelling, or
punctuation errors.
Student has some
understanding of how
to focus on and
comment usefully on
specific and relevant
aspects of others
blogs.

Some comments are


written with a
positive, helpful, and
appropriate tone.
There a fair amount
of grammar,
spelling, or
punctuation errors.
Student has a
limited
understanding of
how to focus on and
comment usefully on
specific and relevant
aspects of others
blogs.