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ba/-readingrecord Period 1: Javier You've read religious/spiritual books as well as books that feature characters relying on inner strength to overcome obstacles (issues in the world or monsters). Choose at least four proverbs or spiritual beliefs that you see working in character's hearts to help them survive and succeed in their fight. Explain your choices by connecting the proverbs to at least four characters about whom you have read. All of the books you have read feature friendships (some successful and some failed). How do friendships help us, support us, or encourage us? Apply the virtues (or vices) to friendship and explain how being a friend—either good or bad—can bring out the best (or worst) in our nature. Use examples from these four novels in your response. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read— which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. Several of the books you have read deal with dangerous situations. How do characters prepare themselves for and survive dangerous or scary situations. Write to explain how teenagers can prepare themselves for and survive what scares them. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books listed above. You’ve read lots of books where teens make tough choices. Consider the virtues we discussed this semester. Which virtues helped your characters make the right choice? What should teens consider when faced with a difficult decision or peer pressure? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read to in your response. Many of the books you’ve read contain conflict between characters and society or even within characters’ own minds. How can we best handle conflict in our lives? Write to explain how to effectively handle conflict. Use examples from at least four different characters in your response Many of the books you have read feature characters struggling in to overcome difficult times. What virtues did your characters call on to succeed—be it succeeding after a crisis, disaster or on an adventure. Write to explain virtues that lead to success in difficult times. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinions. Several of the books you’ve read have characters in combat situations. What does it take to succeed as a soldier—bravery? strength? courage? Think about the traits of the best warrior. Write to explain traits soldiers must have to win the war. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay. You have read books this semester, where characters find themselves, even if just for a moment, in a hopeless situation. How could scripture or faith help these characters face their despair and have strength? Apply what you’ve learned from your Biblical readings to Dashner’s Maze Runner series. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay. Many of the books you read—whether fiction or religious works-- feature characters that have to stand up for themselves or for what they believe. What’s the best way to stand up for yourself in high school? How can you overcome bullies in your life or people that

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Elizabeth

John

Lynn

Karen

Rakin

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Hannah

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord pick on you? Traci Several of the books you have read have elements of fantasy or science fiction . If you could redesign our world to include any of the un-real elements from the books, which things would you include and why? Write an essay describing how our world could be improved if we could indeed have things from science fiction or fantasy novels. Use examples from at least four of the books that you have read in your response. Several of the books you have read deal with characters who have been judged and found lacking; characters that are marginalized by society. What types of people are judged as less than others in our society today? Write to explain how society marginalizes people. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinion. You have read all of John Green’s books and several other titles with characters who face despair or hardship. Green writes, ―The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.‖ Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. Who or what needs to be forgiven in order for characters to survive hardship. Use the ideas of forgiveness and suffering to compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read. You have read an entire series this semester. What makes it a great series? Think about the characteristics of the series that teens find appealing. Is it the writing? The romance? The action? The genre? Write an argument that makes a claim about elements critical to every successful series. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. Love plays a feature role in most of the books you have read. What does it mean to truly love someone? Explain how what we can learn about love (loving our families, our friends, our spouses, or even our environment and our world) from the characters about whom you’ve read. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read. Aparna In many of the books you have read teenagers face difficult situations and mythical beings How do they survive? Do they overcome mythical beings with faith, fury or fortitude? Write to explain how to overcome mythical creatures or monsters—your essay will be part creative and part informative. Choose examples at least four books you’ve read to support your response. Several of the books you’ve read have characters in combat situations. What does it take to succeed as a soldier—bravery? strength? courage? Think about the traits. Write to explain traits soldiers must have to win the war or to stand up for their beliefs and protect those or that which they love. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay. In many of the books you have read teenagers face difficult situations and mythical beings. Compare and contrast the virtues of the hero with the vices of the monsters. Do all heroes have a little bit of the monster inside of them or must they be perfectly virtuous? Choose examples at least four books you’ve read to support your response.

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Mashnun

Nidhi

Stasia

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Matthew

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord 2nd period Sarah Several characters about whom you’ve read survive by using their wits; they are quirky and smart and face difficulty with a positive attitude. Which is more important to success beauty or brains? Make an argument for one or the other. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read as some of your support. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. What does it mean to be a ―jock‖? Is there truth to the stereotype? Can men or boys be both athletically accomplished and compassionate? Think about how the active and athletic characters in the books you have read deal with difficulty both on the field (or court) and off. Compare and or contrast how your characters live or overcome the ―jock‖ stereotype. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. You have read several books this year and last where the main character must survive. Consider what each of the main characters in the novels you have read must survive (racisim, monsters, the arena) How do they survive? Do they use muscle, brains, faith or magic? How is their journey and their survival different in each case? Contrast how at least four characters survive the problems that they face. Use specific examples from four books you have read in your response. All of the books you have read feature friendships (some successful and some failed). How do friendships help us, support us, or encourage us? Apply the virtues (or vices) to friendship and explain how being a friend—either good or bad—can bring out the best (or worst) in our nature. Use examples from four novels in your response. You have read several classics this semester. Classic literature is defined as ―the best of its time.‖ Classics often present universal themes (such as: love conquers all; power corrupts; war terrifies) that have lasting appeal to readers. Describe several universal themes you found in your reading of the classics. Then compare how theme is revealed or developed in at least two of the works you read. Winston Churchill said, ―There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.‖ Many say that animals are our best companions. What virtues do you see in animal companions (be they horses or dogs or other creatures)? What lessons could humans learn from virtuous animals? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. You have read an several series (Suite Scarlett, 1four Little Blue Envelopes, City of Bones) this semester. What makes it a great series? Think about the characteristics of the series that teens find appealing. Is it the writing? The romance? The mystery? The relationships? The action? The genre? Write an argument that makes a claim about elements that make or break a serial story. Use examples from at least two different series you have read in your essay.

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Michael

Leonardo

Victoria

Ricardo

Emily

Maria

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Nicole In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club said, ―The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.‖ How would Larry from The Gospel According to Larry think about Palahniuk’s words. Argue for or against Palahniuk’s claim and use examples from the books you read to support your position. You have read books with different kinds of male characters—action hero who saves the day, smart guy, Manga hero, evil villain, etc.—what stereotypes of males do these books portray. Write to explain at least four different stereotypes of male characters. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. Patti Smith winner of The National Book Award once said, ―There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.‖ In several of the books you read characters eschew material possessions or live without them. Think about what characters in the books you have read would claim as the most beautiful thing in our material world. Compare or contrast their beliefs about what is beautiful or best in the world. Use examples from at least four books you have read in your response. Symbols play an important role in many of the books you have. Symbols speak to universal truths about love, faith, wellness or life. Describe several symbols in the books you have read. What do they mean and how do they sustain the character or communicate the author’s message. Use examples from at least four books you have read in your response. In several of the books you’ve read characters are have long lasting relationships. What makes a relationship—be it a friendship, sister or spouse—last and be a good one? What destroys meaningful relationships. Connect the virtues and vices to and explain how characters through their virtues either build or through their vices destroy relationships. Use examples from at least four of the books your read to support your opinion. Many of the books you have read feature characters struggling in to overcome difficult times. What virtues did your characters call on to succeed—be it succeeding after a crisis, disaster or on an adventure. Write to explain virtues that lead to success in difficult times. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinions.

Khanh

Eric

Michael

Eliza

Ashley

Victoria

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Pablo In several of the books you read, characters must conform to the laws of a dystopian society in order to survive. What happens when you do not believe society or the law is right or just? How can a person live and thrive in a dark society or troubled time? Think about traits that characters in the dystopian novels you read share. Compare or contrast how characters survive even thrives in a society in which they do not believe. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinions. In When the World Was Young, Agostino and Angela are trapped in a loveless marriage, as is Daisy in The Great Gatsby; in The Last Book in the Universe the character is trapped in an oppressive society, as is Bo from Rash. What can we learn about escaping the things that trap us from these characters? Does it take beauty, brains, wealth or technology? Is escape more likely if we are physically or mentally strong? Think about the traps that bind us and how we can overcome them. Use examples from at least four books you read in your response. You have read books with different kinds of male characters—action hero who saves the day, smart guy, Manga hero, evil villain, etc.—what stereotypes of males do these books portray. Write to explain at least four different stereotypes of male characters. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. Several books you read document history or tell stories which include historical facts. What lessons can we learn about being better people from history ? What can history or historical fiction teach us about living better in the future? Use examples from at least four books you read in your response. You have read several books with quirky or strong girl characters. What makes a female character interesting to read? How do authors create a character that we like? Is it their physical description? Their personalities? The adventures or obstacles they face? Write to explain how authors create interesting female characters. Use several examples of traits strong girl characters possess from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinion. Several of the characters in the books you have read deal with loss. How can you survive a loss (the death of a friend, the death of a family member or when a friend or family member abandons or turns on you, etc.) Use the virtues to analyze and explain how teens can survive the losses they face. Use examples from at least four books you have read. Many of the books you have read feature friendships. Some friendships work and some do not and the friends become more like fre-enemies. How do friendships help us grow up? Apply the virtues or vices to friendship and explain how being a friend—either a good one or a bad one —helps us mature. Use examples from four novels, , in your response. Several of the books you’ve read have characters in combative situations. What does it take to stand up for what you believe in or to protect the ones you love. What vices threaten the moral code of characters who are trying to stand strong? Think about the vices and the moments of temptation characters face. Then write to explain how characters (and we) can overcome them. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay.

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Jose

Joseph

Brianna

Anthony

Britney

Trevor

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord 3rd Period Marya Many of the series books you have read are mythic or have supernatural elements. Why is myth and the supernatural so appealing? What lessons can we can from myth and apply to life in the real world? Think about these questions. Then write an argument about the importance of myth to living well in the real world. Use examples from at least two different series of the books you have read. Many of your books have strong male characterss. What makes a male character interesting to read? How do authors create a character that we like? Is it their physical description? Their personalities? The adventures or obstacles they face? Write to explain the traits of great male characters. Use several examples of traits strong male characters possess from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinion Many of the books you read feature teens in love or in serious relationships. Can teenagers really fall in love? or is it infatuation? How do we know when what we feel for someone else is love – the ―real thing‖ sort of love? Is there an age limit to love? Write an argument defending or challenging the idea that teens can and do fall in love—a lasting, forever sort of love. Use examples from at least four books you have read in your response. In several of the books you’ve read characters are in different kinds of relationships. What makes a relationship—be it a friendship, sister or spouse—a good one? Write to explain the qualities of a lasting and meaningful relationship. Use examples from at least four of the books your read to support your opinion. Several characters in the books you have must defend themselves, others, beliefs or their countries. Is the best defense a good offense? What traits or virtues do the characters who mount a successful defense share? What traits or vices do the less successful characters have? Compare and contrast the traits people have that enable them to rise (or fall) above an enemy. Use examples from at least four of the books your read in your response. John Donne once said, ―No man is an island.‖ The factions in the Divergent series attempt to isolate people into homogeneous groups. It does not work. Why not? Why do people need to co-exist? How can they work together to do just that? Relate the virtues we have applied to literature this term to the characters of the Divergent series. Consider your favorite characters (and factions) from the series work together to conquer their fears and save what matters most. Use examples from each book in the series in your response.

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Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Jencel All of the books you have read feature friendships either between girls and boys or girls and girls. How do friendships help us grow up? Apply the virtues or vices to friendship and explain how being a friend— either good or bad—helps us mature. Use examples from four novels, , in your response. Several of the books you have read are filled with action and suspense. What do writers do to create suspense? Is it action? Imagery? Life-like situations? Determine four-5 traits the define the genre of suspense. What does a book have to have to be considered suspenseful. Then use examples from at least fourof the books you have read to explain the traits of suspense. You’ve read several books where characters put everything on the line for something they want. Are their desires fulfilled in ways they expect? Going ―all in‖ means to wager one’s entire stake on something—that stake might be one’s treasure, talent or life. Is it wise to go ―all in‖? Does it work? What are the challenges and opportunities characters face when they give it their all? Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response. Several books you have read are action-packed thrillers that feature archetypal characters. Think about the archetypes about which you learned last year: the warrior, the king, the jester, etc. Which characters from the books you read are examples of these archetypes? Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response. You've read religious/spiritual books as well as books that feature characters relying on inner strength to overcome obstacles. Choose at least four spiritual beliefs that you see working in character's hearts to help them survive and succeed in their fight. Explain your choices by comparing or contrasting the beliefs to at least four characters about whom you have read. Some say ―power corrupts absolutely‖, but does it? many of the books you read feature characters who are corrupt or corrupted. Which of the vices do you see in the characters who are corrupt? Which virtues allow those that were once led astray to survive or even thrive? Examine corruption in the books you’ve read using the lens of the virtues and vices. Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response. You’ve read several books that feature characters with special powers who overcome real and or imagined obstacles. Do we overcome obstacles in life by using special powers or by using virtues found within us? Write an argument that makes a claim for one or the other. Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response.

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Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Shannen You have read several of John Green’s books and several other titles with characters who face despair or hardship but still maintain their quirky sense of optimism. Joyce Meyer says that ―Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.‖ Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. Who is waiting for what? How does their attitude form or inform their character? Use the ideas from Meyer to compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read. Rumi says, ―you have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.‖ How do characters in the books you have read break their hearts open—what brings them to their lowest point and then what pushes them up? What lessons can you take away from their experience? Apply Rumi’s ideas to the characters whose stories you’ve read. Take a position on the importance of living with an open heart (or mind). Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. Debi Mazar says, once said, ―A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people.‖ Which characters from the books you read fit that definition of a hero? Consider the virtues we have applied to literature. Which would Mazar connect to heroes? Define what it means to be hero. Use examples from four of the books you have read in your response. The characters in the books you’ve read deal with horrible situations (crime, bullying, abuse, etc.) in urban settings. How can teens survive such traumatic events? What helps teens get through the hard times? Write to explain how teens can survive event the worst situations. Use examples from at least 3 of the books you’ve read in your response.

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Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord 4th Period Oluwatobilob You've read religious/spiritual books as well as Lay That Trumpet in Their Hands, a book that features characters relying on inner strength to overcome obstacles (racism, hate). Choose at least four proverbs or spiritual beliefs that you see working in character's hearts to help them survive and succeed in their fight. Explain your choices by connecting the beliefs to characters from at least four different books about whom you have read. Males in many cultures must prove themselves. Think about how the male charactes in the books you have read have something to prove. What must they do to prove themselves? What qualities must they have in order to be considered a successful "man."? Use examples from at least three of the books you have read in your response. Veronica Roth says , ――...there is power in self-sacrifice.‖ Is there power in self-sacrifice? What do you believe? What would the characters about whom you’ve read say? Defend, challenge or refute Roth’s claim using examples from at least three of the books you have read. What does it take to survive: wealth, beauty, or brains? Using the experiences of the characters about whom you’ve read, write an argument on what it takes to survive. Use examples from at least three of the books you have read in your response. Several of the books you have read have monsters (real or imagined) in them. What makes a monstrous character? Examine the concept of monsters (or vilians) through the lens of vices. Compare the vices of the monsters about whom you’ve read. Then examine which virtues one should nurture in order to combat or conquer the monster(s) one might face. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. You have read all of John Green’s books and several other titles with characters who face despair or hardship. Green writes, ―The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.‖ Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. Who or what needs to be forgiven in order for characters to survive hardship. Use the ideas of forgiveness and suffering to compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read. Women are often characterized as virgins (pure), victims or temptresses. Which category or archetype fits the girls about whom you’ve read? Think about the female characters in the books you have read. What stereotypes do they represent or redefine. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response.

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Ethan

Christine

Mary

Hebah

Adrielys

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Anna You’ve read several books that feature characters with special powers who overcome real and or imagined obstacles. Do we overcome obstacles in life by using special powers or by using virtues found within us? Write an argument that makes a claim for one or the other. Use examples from at least four of the books you read in your response. All of the books you have read feature friendships (some successful and some failed). How do friendships help us, support us, or encourage us? Apply the virtues (or vices) to friendship and explain how being a friend—either good or bad—can bring out the best (or worst) in our nature. Use examples from four novels in your response. Several books you have read feature the journey pattern—an archetypal pattern you learned about last year. According to the patter a hero must leave the known world in order to mature or save the community in which he/she lives. The hero must face his worst fears and transform before he returns with new knowledge or treasure. Apply the journey pattern to your reading. Who are the heroes ? What fears did they face? How are they able to survive and transform? Use examples from four novels in your response. Veronica Roth said, ―One choice can transform you.‖ The characters in the books you have read make life changing choices. Compare and or contrast how the choices four characters make transform their lives. What lessons can we learn about making choices in our lives from these characters? Use character examples from four books (not in the same series) that you have read in your response. The old saying goes, ―don’t judge a book by its cover.‖ Sometimes things are not what you think they are. Sometimes you think a situation will turn out one way, but it turns in a different direction. Sometimes we judge people or things before we actually get to know them and are surprised when we learn the truth. Compare and or contrast how different characters in the books you read experience a change in something they judged. What lessons can we take away about judgment from the characters in these novels? Use character examples from four books that you have read in your response. You have read several books this year and last where the main character must survive. Consider what each of the main characters in the novels you have read must survive. How do they survive? Do they use muscle, brains, faith or magic? How is their journey and their survival different in each case? Contrast how at least four characters survive the problems that they face. Use specific examples from four books you have read in your response. Many of your books have strong male characters that do not fit the typical jock, king or jester stereotypes. What makes a male character interesting to read? How do authors create a character that we like? Is it their physical description? Their personalities? The adventures or obstacles they face? How would you classify the characters about whom you’ve read? What archetypes do they fit? Write to explain the traits of great male characters. Use several examples of traits strong male characters possess from at least four of the books you have read to support your opinion

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Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Analiese In many books you’ve read characters face extreme hardships (prison, racism, cancer, alcoholism, depression, faithlessness). John Green writes, ―The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.‖ Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. There are many different kinds of suffering. Some suffering or hardship is caused by others but some is not. What virtues do characters discover in themselves that helps them forgive or get past the wrongs in their lives? Who or what needs to be forgiven in order for characters to survive hardship. Use the ideas of forgiveness and virtue to compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. Several of the books you have read deal with dangerous situations. How do characters prepare themselves for and survive dangerous or scary situations.Write to explain how teenagers can prepare themselves for and survive what scares them. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books listed above. Several of the books you’ve read have characters in combat situations. What does it take to succeed, to fight for all you believe is right and good —bravery? strength? courage? Think about the traits of the best warriors about whom you read. Write to explain traits people must have to win the war against the enemies that threaten them. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay. Two of the books you have finished are classics (451 and The Scarlet Letter) and one is a contemporary classic (Lay That Trumpet). Classic literature is defined as ―the best of its time.‖ Classics often present universal themes (such as: love conquers all; power corrupts; war terrifies) that have lasting appeal to readers. Describe several universal themes you found in your reading of the classics. Then compare how theme is revealed or developed in at least three of the works you read. You've read psychology this term as well as books that feature characters relying on inner strength to overcome obstacles. Choose at least four psychological principals that you see working in character's hearts to help them survive and succeed in their fight to overcome the obstacles they face. Explain your choices by comparing or contrasting how the psychological principals work in at least four characters about whom you have read. Several of the books you have read have elements of fantasy or science fiction . If you could redesign our world to include any of the un-real elements from the books, which things would you include and why? Write an essay describing how our world could be improved if we could indeed have things from science fiction or fantasy novels. Use examples from at least four of the books that you have read in your response. Several of the books you have read deal with dangerous situations. How do characters prepare themselves for and survive dangerous or scary situations.Write to explain how teenagers can prepare themselves for and survive what scares them. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books listed above.

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Vineeth

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Christina

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Yesenia A

Sannmit

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Jacquelyn You have read (or reread) most, if not all, of the Harry Potter series this year. What virtues must one have to be in Dumbldore’s Army? What virtues and vices do you see in the characters of the Harry Potter series? Compare and or contrast how characters in the series embody the virtues and vices. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books you have raed. Love plays a feature role in most of the books you have read. What does it mean to truly love someone? Explain how what we can learn about love (loving our families, our friends, our spouses, or even our environment and our world) from the characters about whom you’ve read. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read.

Asma

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord 5th Period Ivan You have read books with different kinds of male characters—action hero who saves the day, smart guy, hipster, sensitive guys, evil villain, etc.—what stereotypes of males do these books portray. Write to explain at least four different stereotypes of male characters. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. You've read religious/spiritual books as well as books that feature characters relying on inner strength to overcome obstacles (issues in the world or monsters). Choose at least four proverbs or spiritual beliefs that you see working in character's hearts to help them survive and succeed in their fight. Explain your choices by connecting the proverbs to at least four characters about whom you have read. You have read series books this semester. What makes it a great series? Think about the characteristics of the series that teens find appealing. Is it the writing? The romance? The action? The genre? Write an argument that makes a claim about elements critical to every successful series. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. You’ve read several books this semester where characters must root out evil or overcome vice(s). What virtues does it take to overcome vice? Compare and or contrast how characters use virtue to face and defeat bad guys or bad things in the books you’ve read. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. John Donne once said, ―No man is an island.‖ The factions in the Divergent series attempt to isolate people into homogeneous groups. It does not work. Why not? Why do people need to co-exist? How can they work together to do just that? Relate the virtues we have applied to literature this term to the characters of the Divergent series and or other books you have read. Consider your favorite characters (and factions) from the series work together to conquer their fears and save what matters most. Use examples from each book in the series in your response. Several of the books you have read deal with dangerous or life-threatening situations. How do characters prepare themselves for and survive dangerous or scary situations.Write to explain how teenagers can prepare themselves for and survive what scares them. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books you have read. You are an artist. Art plays an important role in the lives of many of the characters about whom you’ve read. Some characters are passionate about books, some are passionate about music or magic. Think about what Pablo Picasso said, ―The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.‖ How the characters about whom you’ve read use art to dust of their souls? What do their passions and art interests enable them to do? Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books you have read.

Valeria

Jeremy

Eduardo

Martin A

Kathleen

Nuzat

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Yoonhyuk Many books deal with people who are judged or marginalized by others. How does prejudice and judgment limit us? How can we overcome being judged by others? Consider the issue of judgment and how people are marginalized. Compare and or contrast how several characters from the books you have read overcome how they are judged by others. Support your opinion with several examples from at least the four books you have read. You have read several books this year and last where the main character must survive. Consider what each of the main characters in the novels you have read must survive (racisim, monsters, the arena) How do they survive? Do they use muscle, brains, faith or magic? How is their journey and their survival different in each case? Contrast how at least four characters survive the problems that they face. Use specific examples from four books you have read in your response. You’ve read some classics by Jane Austin and some modern popular novels. How do the women of these books differ? What were women expected to do and be in Austin’s novels as compared/contrasted to the girls/women in Rowling’s work. Which do you think have more power? Which embody the most virtues? Consider these questions as you compare/contrast the traits or expectations of female characters from at least three of the books you have read. You have read books with different kinds of male characters—action hero who saves the day, smart guy, hero, evil villain, etc.—what stereotypes of males do these books portray. Write to explain at least four different stereotypes of male characters. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. I am not sure which books you have finished as your reading records are not up to date and I know you have had difficulty with the computer program. That said, many books you started/read have read teenagers face difficult situations whether real or imagined. Rank the situations –what is the worst thing characters you’ve read about face and what is the least difficult? How do characters overcome difficulties? Choose examples from at least 3 books you’ve read to support your response. You have read several books this year and last where the main character must survive. Consider what each of the main characters in the novels you have read must survive (racisim, monsters, the arena) How do they survive? Do they use muscle, brains, faith or magic? How is their journey and their survival different in each case? Contrast how at least four characters survive the problems that they face. Use specific examples from four books you have read in your response. In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one? What qualities(or virtues) should we nurture in ourselves in order to have good relationships? Apply several of the virtues to the characters about whom you’ve read—which virtues do they have that make their relationships work? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response.

Shirin

Sanjana

Keegan

Savannah

Luzeddy

Jay

Kelly

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Dayessi All of the books you’ve read contain conflict (between characters, between a character and a supernatural force or a character and authorities). How can we best handle conflict in our lives? Write to explain how to effectively handle conflict. Use examples from at least 3 different characters in your response

Mariangel

In many of the books you have read teenagers face difficult situations and mythical beings How do they survive? Do they overcome mythical beings with faith, fury or fortitude? Write to explain how to overcome mythical creatures or monsters—your essay will be part creative and part informative. Choose examples at least four books you’ve read to support your response. Scarlet You have read books from several different series this semester. What makes it a great series? Think about the characteristics of the series that teens find appealing. Is it the writing? The romance? The action? The genre? Write an argument that makes a claim about elements critical to every successful series. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your essay. Christopher Several of the books you’ve read have characters in combat situations. What does it take to succeed, to fight for all you believe is right and good —bravery? strength? courage? Think about the traits of the best warriors about whom you read. Write to explain traits people must have to win the war against the enemies that threaten them. Use examples from at least four of the books you’ve read in your essay. Stephanie Many of the books you’ve read contain conflict between characters and society or even within characters’ own minds. How can we best handle conflict in our lives? Write to explain how to effectively handle conflict. Use examples from at least four different characters in your response Bianca Love plays a feature role in most of the books you have read. What does it mean to truly love someone? Explain how what we can learn about love (loving our families, our friends, our spouses, or even our environment and our world) from the characters about whom you’ve read. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read. Serin You’ve read several books about characters who struggle with internal conflicts or are trying to deal with trauma. How can we overcome loss ? What helps us recover from traumatic events? Think about the characters who have experienced loss and trauma? Compare how at 3-4 characters cope. What do they do or use to cope with their hardships? Use examples from at least four of the books you have read. John Donne once said, ―No man is an island.‖ The factions in the Divergent series attempt to isolate people into homogeneous groups. It does not work. Why not? Why do people need to co-exist? How can they work together to do just that? Relate the virtues we have applied to literature this term to the characters of the Divergent series. Consider your favorite characters (and factions) from the series or even the other books you have read. How do characters work together to conquer their fears and save what matters most? What can we take from their example and use in our lives? Use examples from each book in the series in your response.

Faiza

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord 6th Period Deidre In many of the books you have read teenagers face difficult situations and or mythical beings How do they survive? What would a feminist say about how the female characters stand up to difficulty? Do they overcome mythical beings with good looks, faith, fury or fortitutde? Use a feminist lens to examine the issue of overcoming challenge. Choose examples at least three books you’ve read to support your response. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, deals with conflict. Rank and compare the conflicts characters, or real people, face in the books you have read. Explain how a moralist might view and solve the conflict characters face. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. How are the women portrayed in the books you have read? Are they victims, temptresses or virgins? Are women expected to obey men’s orders? Use a feminist lens to examine and compare or contrast four female characters about whom you’ve read. John Green writes, ―The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.‖ Would a moralist critic agree with that statement? Is it right to forgive and move on? Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. Who or what needs to be forgiven in order for characters to survive hardship. Use a moralist lens to examine the ideas of forgiveness and suffering. Compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, includes relationships between characters of different genders. Examine character relationships through a psychological lens. What principles of psychology or the personality are in action in the characters’ relationships? Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, includes an economy— a give and take of what the culture or characters value. Examine the books’ economies through a marxist lens. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. John Green writes, ―The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.‖ Think about that line. What does it mean for the characters about whom you’ve read. Who or what needs to be forgiven in order for characters to survive hardship. Use the ideas of forgiveness and suffering to compare and or contrast at least four characters about whom you’ve read.

Sunil

Maite

Leticia

Iris

Sabrina

Sarah

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Karlamarie In several of the books you have read characters maintain or begin important relationships (love, friendships, etc.). What makes a relationship—be it a friend, sister or spouse—a good one—from a feminist point of view? Apply feminist theory to the characters about whom you’ve read as you compare/contrast the relationships they have. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, includes relationships between characters of different genders. Examine character relationships through a psychological lens. What principles of psychology or the personality are in action in the characters’ relationships? Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. In many of the books you have read teenagers face difficult situations and mythical beings Use a formalist lens to examine how authors create realist mythical creatures. What in the authors word choice or use of figurative language makes mythical creatures such as zombies scary or interesting or realistic reading? Choose examples at least four books you’ve read to support your response. All of the books you have read feature friendships (some successful and some failed). How do friendships help us, support us, or encourage us? Apply the virtues (or vices) a Moralist would use to the concept of to friendship and explain how being a friend—either good or bad—can bring out the best (or worst) in our nature. Use examples from these four novels in your response. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, deals with conflict. Rank and compare the conflicts characters, or real people, face in the books you have read. Explain how a moralist might view and solve the conflict characters face. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. How do the authors you have read describe love or being in love? Use a formalist lens to examine the language or descriptions authors use to communicate important ideas about love and human kind. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Examine the mistakes characters in your books made through the lens of a moralist critic. Compare or contrast how several characters confront issues of right/wrong. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Take an archetypal approach to the characters/issues in the books you have read. Consider which characters illustrate archetypes such as ―the caregiver‖, ―the explorer‖, ―the creator‖, ―the jester‖, or ―the sage,‖ ―the ruler‖ or ―the innocent‖—Choose at least three types to explore. What can we learn about life from these stock characters? Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Use a Freud’s personality theory to analyze at least three characters from the books you have read. Which character represents the id, ego and superego? What do we learn about our own personalities from the personalities of characters found in literature? Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response.

Michaela

Alvaro

Alexander

Mario

Daiana

Kassandra

Sajay

Romario

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Daniel I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, includes an economy—a give and take of what the culture or characters value. Examine the books’ economies through a marxist lens. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Many of the books you have read deal with difficulty or dark times. Do the authors portray our world, or the society in the novels you read as hope-filled or hopeless? Take a formalist stance and make a claim about the worlds/societies authors create. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. The journey pattern is an archetypal pattern seen in literature through the ages. Many of the books you have read have characters who journey to save themselves, mature or save their communities. Take an archetypal approach. Compare or contrast the journeys your characters undertake. You have read several classics this semester. Classic literature is defined as ―the best of its time.‖ Classics often present universal themes (such as: love conquers all; power corrupts; war terrifies) that have lasting appeal to readers. Take a formalist approach. Describe how authors communicate universal themes you found in your reading of the classics. Then compare how theme is revealed or developed in at least three of the works you read. Take a Marxist approach and examine the societies (real and imagined) authors created in the books you read. Who has the power? What Marxist ideals can you see working in those societies? How do the societies compare? Does the authors vision of the world work or is it a failure in Marxist terms? Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Many of the books you have read deal with difficulty or dark times. Do the authors portray our world, or the society in the novels you read as hope-filled or hopeless? Take a formalist stance and make a claim about the worlds/societies authors create. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. Women stereotypes include: virgins , victims and temptresses. Which category or archetype fits the girls about whom you’ve read? Take a feminist stance and examine/analyze the female characters in the books you have read. What stereotypes do they represent or perhaps redefine. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response. I am not sure which books you read this semester as you did not list any of the titles you have finished. Every book, however, deals with conflict. Rank and compare the conflicts characters, or real people, face in the books you have read. Explain how a moralist might view and solve the conflict characters face. Use examples from at least three books you have read in your response. The two books you have read are action-packed thrillers that feature archetypal characters. Think about the archetypes about which you learned: the warrior, the king, the jester, the guide, the hero, etc. Which characters from the books you read are examples of these archetypes? Analyze the charactersUse examples from at least four of the books you read in your response.

Ashley

Braulio

Carlos

Charanjeet S

Samerawit

Abigail

Jorge

Edward

Review your reading history on our Reading Record at http://dft.ba/-readingrecord Ariel You’ve read many books that feature a variety of female archetypes. Women are often characterized as virgins (pure), victims or temptresses. Which category or archetype fits the girls about whom you’ve read? Take a feminist stance and examine/analyze the female characters in the books you have read. What stereotypes do they represent or perhaps redefine. Use examples from at least four of the books you have read in your response.