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Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Famous Discussion Directors

Oprah Winfrey

Conan OBrien

Jay Leno

Job Description: Identify the important parts of the text and develop text-dependent
questions to discuss with your classmates. Focus on major themes in the text. Create your discussion questions and answer them yourself prior to meeting with your group. You will also be responsible for keeping your groups discussion on track. You must have at least SIX questions. Your questions should reveal a deep understanding of the text and be open-ended to keep the discussion going. Possible Starters: Does the article have a good title? How could it be better? How would the story be affected if the author didnt. Why is it important that the author started the article this (describe this) way? How does it affect the theme? 5
Completely fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity always focus on topic and theme

Points Organization

4
Mostly fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity mostly focus on topic and theme Demonstrates through activity a good understanding of the novel

3
Somewhat fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity sometimes focus on topic and theme Demonstrates through activity a satisfactory understanding of the novel

2
Minimally fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity minimally focus on topic and theme Demonstrates through activity a minimal understanding of the novel

1
Does not fulfill activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity do not focus on topic and theme Does not demonstrate through activity an understanding of the novel Does not use descriptive language. Details or examples do not explain/clarify information.

Idea Development

Comprehension Demonstrates

through activity an excellent understanding of the novel

Language Usage

Uses lively and descriptive language. Many details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Uses some descriptive language. Several details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Uses little descriptive language. Some details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Uses minimal descriptive language. Minimal details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Question Number 1

Text-Dependent Question

Expected Response from group

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Famous Word Smiths

Word

Watcher
William Shakespeare
14th century playwright; responsible for many words in the English language

Nikki Giovanni Awardwinning contemporary poet who insists on presenting the truth as she sees it.

Lupe Fiasco Grammy


winning rapper who doesnt use the gimmicky tactics of most rap artists

Job Description: While reading this section, identify words that seem to have a significant importance to the text. These words might be interesting, used frequently, new, important, or used in unusual ways. Be sure to explain why you chose the word, and how the authors choice manipulates the text. It is important to write down the page number and paragraph in which you found the word so your group can discuss them in context. You must complete the required information for at least SIX words. Observe and Infer: Why do you think the author used the word so frequently? Why did the author choose to use the word in an unusual way? How does the word choice affect the theme? Tone? Mood?
Points Organization 5
Completely fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity always focus on topic and theme

4
Mostly fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity mostly focus on topic and theme

3
Somewhat fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity sometimes focus on topic and theme

2
Minimally fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity minimally focus on topic and theme

1
Does not fulfill activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity do not focus on topic and theme

Idea Development Comprehension

Demonstrates through activity an excellent understanding of the novel Uses lively and descriptive language. Many details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Demonstrates through activity a good understanding of the novel

Demonstrates through activity a satisfactory understanding of the novel Uses little descriptive language. Some details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Demonstrates through activity a minimal understanding of the novel Uses minimal descriptive language. Minimal details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Does not demonstrate through activity an understanding of the novel Does not use descriptive language. Details or examples do not explain/clarify information.

Language Usage

Uses some descriptive language. Several details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Word, Page #, Paragraph #, and Definition IN CONTEXT

Why did you choose this word? (What made it stand out?)

Inference as to why the author chose to use this word this way

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Famous Artists

The

Illustrator
Pablo Picasso Leonardo Da Vinci Julia Margaret Cameron

Job Description: Your job is to draw what you read. This might mean drawing a scene as a cartoon
sequence or an important scene so readers can better understand the action. You can draw maps or organization trees to show how one person, place, or event relates to the other. Create your drawing on a separate sheet of paper and label your image(s) so we know who the characters are. Your drawing should be in color. Use the note area on the back of this page to explain how your drawing relates to the text and how the scene impacts the plot. Your explanation should be detailed and show a deep understanding of the text read.

Questions to consider when explaining:


Which parts of the text influenced your drawing? How does your drawing relate to the story? How does this scene affect the plot or theme of the text?

After your drawing:


Evaluate whether or not your drawing is a good representation of the text. What could have made it better? What did you do really well? Your response should be detailed (about the length of a page) 5
Completely fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity always focus on topic and theme

Points Organization

4
Mostly fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity mostly focus on topic and theme

3
Somewhat fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity sometimes focus on topic and theme

2
Minimally fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity minimally focus on topic and theme

1
Does not fulfill activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity do not focus on topic and theme

Idea Development Comprehension

Demonstrates through activity an excellent understanding of the novel Uses lively and descriptive language. Many details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Demonstrates through activity a good understanding of the novel

Demonstrates through activity a satisfactory understanding of the novel Uses little descriptive language. Some details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Demonstrates through activity a minimal understanding of the novel Uses minimal descriptive language. Minimal details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Does not demonstrate through activity an understanding of the novel Does not use descriptive language. Details or examples do not explain/clarify information.

Language Usage

Uses some descriptive language. Several details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Famous Connectors

The

Connector
Sigmund Freud Sir Isaac Newton Steve Jobs

Job Description: Connect what you read with what you study in this class, other classes, or
the outside world (things in the news, events in history, etc). Another valuable source of connections is a book youve already read. Be sure to link your response directly to the t ext. Explain how your connections relate to the reading and help you better understand the novel. You must find at least SIX connections for this section. Consider: What other books or stories might you compare to this one? What other places, people, or characters could you compare with this story? What current trends or events are related to this section of the book?

Points Organization

5
Completely fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity always focus on topic and theme

4
Mostly fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity mostly focus on topic and theme

3
Somewhat fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity sometimes focus on topic and theme

2
Minimally fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity minimally focus on topic and theme

1
Does not fulfill activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity do not focus on topic and theme

Idea Development Comprehension

Demonstrates through activity an excellent understanding of the novel Uses lively and descriptive language. Many details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Demonstrates through activity a good understanding of the novel

Demonstrates through activity a satisfactory understanding of the novel Uses little descriptive language. Some details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Demonstrates through activity a minimal understanding of the novel Uses minimal descriptive language. Minimal details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Does not demonstrate through activity an understanding of the novel Does not use descriptive language. Details or examples do not explain/clarify information.

Language Usage

Uses some descriptive language. Several details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Event/Character in Text

Outside Connection

Explanation of Connection

Source for outside information

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Famous Illuminators

The

Illuminator
Benjamin Franklin
telling the British Government whats wrong with it since the 1730s

Walter Cronkite
the most trusted anchorman in America

Martin Luther King, Jr Civil Rights activist who brought who


fought for equal rights for AfricanAmericans

Job Description: Find passages in the novel you feel are important and should be discussed. These
passages can be memorable, interesting, puzzling, funny, or important. Your responses should include the page number and quotation. Identify the aspect of which the passage is focused on (for example, word choice, authors style, or plot). Also, you must explain why you chose the passage and why you think its worth discussing. Consider why the author included this passage. You must have at least SIX passages and explanations. Questions to ask: Why is this happening in the passage? What does it mean? Why did the author put this passage in this specific part of the plot? How does the speaker in the passage affect its meaning?

Passage Focus: Narration - Plot - Characterization 5


Completely fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity always focus on topic and theme

- Word Choice 4

- Authors style 3

- Theme 2 1
Does not fulfill activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity do not focus on topic and theme

Points Organization

Mostly fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity mostly focus on topic and theme

Somewhat fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity sometimes focus on topic and theme

Minimally fulfills activity requirements as stated above Responses on activity minimally focus on topic and theme

Idea Development Comprehension

Demonstrates through activity an excellent understanding of the novel Uses lively and descriptive language. Many details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Demonstrates through activity a good understanding of the novel

Demonstrates through activity a satisfactory understanding of the novel Uses little descriptive language. Some details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Demonstrates through activity a minimal understanding of the novel Uses minimal descriptive language. Minimal details or examples used to explain/clarify information.

Does not demonstrate through activity an understanding of the novel Does not use descriptive language. Details or examples do not explain/clarify information.

Language Usage

Uses some descriptive language. Several details or examples used to explain/clarify information

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________

Passage and Page #

Passage Focus

Why this passage is worth discussing

Name: ___________________________________ Date: _______________________ Class: _______________________