Link to AIR One Sheet and Permission Slip:
-NYS ELA 9-12 Prefatory Material
This year, students will be required to read independently. The requirements may vary throughout the year, but for the first quarter, students need to choose a novel that they can read on their own. This should be a self-selected novel that each student will enjoy reading (there is a book out there for everyone). This link provides a number of lists that may help students locate books: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults
Below are some of the elements students should focus on while reading. They should take brief notes so that they are prepared for an assignment relating to their books (more details forthcoming).
A description of the setting - A book’s setting is one of its most vital components. Some things to consider: How does the setting of the book compare or contrast to the world you know? Does the author make you feel like you’re a part of the setting? Can you picture the book’s setting if you close your eyes?
Plot and character details – Focus on the main events of the story that make it interesting and/or exciting. Also, focus on the main characters and the conflicts they face that affect them.
A consideration of whether or not the student would recommend this book to others– First consider: What you think the author’s goal was in writing the book and if she/he succeeded in achieving this goal. You might want to discuss the effectiveness (or not) of developing a character, revealing a dominant theme, and/or influencing your response to the work. Were characters interesting and credible? Why? How did the plot hold or not hold your interest? What made the book an enjoyable or not so enjoyable read?
Key quotes- These may be key points in the novel, or simply phrases and sentences that really stand out for their use of the language.
To ensure that both teachers and parents are comfortable with each student’s book selection, we ask that parents sign below, and the teachers will also: