Senior Religion/English: Social Justice Summer Reading Activity Options 2010

Required Summer Reading: Nickel and Dimed—Barbara Ehrenreich Assessment Option 1 Double Entry Journal Task: Students will submit five (5) entries for the text. Each entry should be approximately 300 words in length. As you read, keep a record of your reflections in a double-entry journal. A double-entry journal is simply a two-columned notebook entry. The left side is for recording notable quotes from the text. The right column is for your reflections and analysis based on the text. Each quote must include a page number. Your responses should be analytical and critical. Do not simply summarize. This is an exercise in thinking reflectively and analytically about the text. Examples of responses: • a description of why this quotation is important or relevant to you • an inference about the writer’s life or culture from the text • a comment on the effect of the structure of the text (that is, the way the story is told) • analysis of the effect of diction (word choice) made by the author • an inference about the speaker in the text (the speaker is frequently not the author) • a comment on the traits of the character or the growth of the character • an idea or universal truth found in the text • a thought on the message or theme that the author is trying to convey • a reason for agreeing or disagreeing with the author • a comparison and/or contrast of a passage with another book or character • a prediction based on evidence from the text • a question generated as a result of reading • an explanation of a positive or negative personal reaction • an evaluation of the tone in the text • an observation of figurative language or imagery and its effects • new and unknown vocabulary, followed by definitions that you have found Assessment Option 2 Creative Representation Task: In lieu of the double-sided journal, you have the option of manufacturing from the inner most depths of your soul a creative representation of the summer reading selection. This will include the representation itself and a 300-word exposition on how this represents the text, and a particular theme present in the work. MLA formatting applies. (12 pt. font, Times New Roman, double-spaced)

Your options include, but are not limited to: • • • An artistic photograph that you have taken A collage that you have created A song that you have written. Obviously, if it is a song you will need to artistically transfer the lyrics onto paper. If you are able to, I would like for you to write the music for the song as well. If you can write using musical notation-even better! A painting A drawing A sculpture Wood carving Clay molding A piece of pottery that you have created

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The sky is the limit here. This is an opportunity to let your creative side take over! The key aspect is that your visual representation is from the heart and truly represents the book we have chosen or a theme incorporated.

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