English 11

Semester 2

English 11 Book Club Reading Journal

Here we go again! With one independent reading book club under your belt, it’s time to get started with our next one. Armed with a new understanding of what we’re trying to do here, you and your group will begin exploration of your next text tomorrow!

Throughout your reading of your book, you a re expected to (and will be assessed on!):

1) read thoroughly and thoughtfully, and keep a record of your thoughts through annotations

2) prepare to lead and engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussion of your text with your group on meeting days (remember, we talked about what this should look/ sound like last time!)

3) prepare and present an analysis of your text and its message about life in America to the class

Here is the key question: What point does your author make about life in America? What lesson does he or she want to teach readers about the American experience?

For each section of assigned reading, please complete the following tasks:

  1. Identify and annotate 3 quotations that provide insight into the focus question or one of the specific weekly focus questions.

Week 1:
q What has happened in the plot so far? What predictions can you make for where things might go? Why do you think so?
q What are the main characters like? Who or what might the author be trying to represent with each one?
q What is the setting of the text? How might this have an effect on the characters and their experiences? Why would the author choose to set the scene here? What effect does this choice have on the reader?
Week 2:
q How are the characters developing and changing?
q What are the characters learning?
q What obstacles are the characters facing?
q What successes have the characters encountered?
Week 3:
q What seems to be the central conflict in the book? What are the causes of this conflict?
q Do you think this conflict will be resolved? If so, how?
q Through this conflict, what does the author reveal about American society? Is this a negative or positive portrayal?
Week 4:
q What happens in the end? How did the characters change or develop? Were your original predictions accurate?
q What themes seem to be present throughout the book? Revisit your notes from Discussion #1 to see what themes you identified at the beginning of the reading—are they present throughout the book?

  1. As directed in class, you should complete the assigned journal entries. You will use these journal entries to help facilitate your discussion.
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Lit Circle Discussion Notes #1

In your discussion, you should:
q Begin by summarizing the book so far and answering any comprehension questions. Be sure to discuss the following questions:
          • What has happened in the plot so far? What predictions can you make for where things might go? Why do you think so?
          • What are the main characters like? Who or what might the author be trying to represent with each one?
  • What is the setting of the text? How might this have an effect on the characters and their experiences? Why would the author choose to set the scene here? What effect does this choice have on the reader?
q Next, read each person’s journal entries. Discuss each thoroughly. Everyone should participate. Feel free to ask questions, challenge each other’s interpretations, and/or make connections to other parts of the book.
q Share your annotations to make sure that you have all identified SEVERAL significant quotations! I will be checking your texts for an annotation grade!!
q Create some working claims based on your reading so far. Consider themes that are being developed in the novel.
q As you discuss, record big ideas below. When you are finished, begin reading the next section aloud as a group, RATA style.

Note the significant ideas you discuss during your lit circle today. Pay attention to claims about the significance of your event/person/time period, analysis of the events of the text, evidence from the book that supports your ideas, etc.




























What point does your author make about life in America? What lesson does he or she want to teach readers?

Claim 1:



Claim 2:



Name:
_ Date: _

Lit Circle Discussion Notes #2


In your discussion, you should:
q Begin by summarizing the book so far and answering any comprehension questions. Be sure to discuss the following questions:
*How are the characters developing and changing?
*What are the characters learning?
*What obstacles are the characters facing?
*What successes have the characters encountered?
q Next, read each person’s journal entries. Discuss each thoroughly. Everyone should participate. Feel free to ask questions, challenge each other’s interpretations, and/or make connections to other parts of the book.
q Share your annotations to make sure that you have all identified SEVERAL significant quotations! I will be checking your texts for an annotation grade!!
q Create some working claims based on your reading so far. Consider themes that are being developed in the novel.
q As you discuss, record big ideas below. When you are finished, begin reading the next section aloud as a group, RATA style.

Note the significant ideas you discuss during your lit circle today. Pay attention to claims about the significance of your event/person/time period, analysis of the events of the text, evidence from the book that supports your ideas, etc.




























What point does your author make about life in America? What lesson does he or she want to teach readers?

Claim 1:



Claim 2:



Name:
_ Date: _

Lit Circle Discussion Notes #3


In your discussion, you should:
q Begin by summarizing the book so far and answering any comprehension questions. Be sure to discuss the following questions:
· What seems to be the central conflict in the book? What are the causes of this conflict?
· Do you think this conflict will be resolved? If so, how?
· Through this conflict, what does the author reveal about American society? Is this a negative or positive portrayal?
q Next, read each person’s journal entries. Discuss each thoroughly. Everyone should participate. Feel free to ask questions, challenge each other’s interpretations, and/or make connections to other parts of the book.
q Share your annotations to make sure that you have all identified SEVERAL significant quotations! I will be checking your texts for an annotation grade!!
q Create some working claims based on your reading so far. Consider themes that are being developed in the novel.
q As you discuss, record big ideas below. When you are finished, begin reading the next section aloud as a group, RATA style.

Note the significant ideas you discuss during your lit circle today. Pay attention to claims about the significance of your event/person/time period, analysis of the events of the text, evidence from the book that supports your ideas, etc.





























What point does your author make about life in America? What lesson does he or she want to teach readers?

Claim 1:



Claim 2:



Name:
_ Date: _

Lit Circle Discussion Notes #4


In your discussion, you should:
q Begin by summarizing the book so far and answering any comprehension questions. Be sure to discuss the following questions:
· What happens in the end? How did the characters change or develop? Were your original predictions accurate?
· What themes seem to be present throughout the book? Revisit your notes from Discussion #1 to see what themes you identified at the beginning of the reading—are they present throughout the book?
q Next, read each person’s journal entries. Discuss each thoroughly. Everyone should participate. Feel free to ask questions, challenge each other’s interpretations, and/or make connections to other parts of the book.
q Share your annotations to make sure that you have all identified SEVERAL significant quotations! I will be checking your texts for an annotation grade!!
q Create some working claims based on your reading so far. Consider themes that are being developed in the novel.
q As you discuss, record big ideas below. When you are finished, begin reading the next section aloud as a group, RATA style.

Note the significant ideas you discuss during your lit circle today. Pay attention to claims about the significance of your event/person/time period, analysis of the events of the text, evidence from the book that supports your ideas, etc.





























What point does your author make about life in America? What lesson does he or she want to teach readers?

Claim 1:



Claim 2:




Independent Reading Journal Topics

In a reading journal format (remember last time?), please answer one of these questions per week (yes, you will get to skip one). To adequately meet standards for this assignment, you must:
· Thoroughly answer each question. (A thorough answer usually consists of a sizable paragraph that answers the question using textual evidence).
· After explaining your answer in your own words, use the “Sandwich Method” to integrate your quotations. Introduce each quotation by mentioning the context under which the quotation was spoken and who was saying it. Then, after your quotation, explain what in or about your quotation helps you to answer the journal question.
· Be sure to include what pages you read to answer that journal.
· Note similarities or differences to Of Mice and Men where appropriate

Journal Topics


1. What is the setting in your book? During what time period is your book occurring? What are the important facts you need to know about what was going on in America at the time the book is taking place (For example, is there a war going on? What cultural tensions exist? What major events in history were going on?)
2. How does your character seem to fit in with his/her community? What types of people does he/she involve him/herself with? What conflicts does he/she have with others?
3. Identify at least 3 reading devices/literary techniques (yeah, remember those?) that your author uses within the text to help the reader further understand the character’s experience in America.
4. In what ways is your character considered to be a minority? How does his/her experience in America differ from another character in the book?
5. How does your character’s experience in America seem to be different from that of a “typical” White male? Consider any of the characters you have read about previously.



Your Name
Teacher’s Name
English 11-period
Date
Title of Book
Pages read: 24-74

Journal Prompt:
4. In what ways is your character considered to be a minority? How does his/her experience in America differ from another character in the book?

Here is my paragraph to respond to that prompt. I am making sure that I am thoroughly answering the question in my own words. I am also making sure that I use the sandwich method to integrate my quotations. I am introducing the context for the situation so the reader knows what is happening at the time the quotation is spoken. I am also making sure that I integrate the quotations into my own words so the quotation doesn’t seem awkwardly dropped into my paragraph. After my quotation, I am explaining what in or about the quotation helped me to answer the journal question using re-quoting. I am then going to take an opportunity to relate this back to the claim I’m making (in answer to the focus question) and relate it all somehow to Of Mice and Men.

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