FEBRUARY BOOK REPORT
ATTENTION: ALL CLASS PERIODS
THE MCKINLEY LIBRARY IS CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATION AND MAP TESTING.
The Roosevelt House has begun reading
Freedom Train, by Dorothy Sterling.
We will be completing several activities having to do with this true story of Harriet Tubman
in lieu of a February Book Report.
Class periods 3 & 5 are creating Character Journals.
Creativity is the key as students record journal entries for each chapter of Freedom Train from the perspective of Harriet Tubman.
Be sure to check the the assignment guidelines (below) and the rubric.
DUE: MONDAY, MARCH 21
Character Journal Requirements
As a part of our study of Freedom Train, you will be responsible for keeping a Character Journal. The purpose of this journal to help you analyze key issues and events in the novel, and to explore how your own personal values and beliefs shape your understanding of events.
Format Requirements: All entries should be hand-written. Entries can be written on lined or unlined paper. Your journal should have at least 20 entries reflecting Harriet’s life throughout the book. It should be set up like a diary and include the day and year of the entry. You should try to provide some information so the reader can understand where you are in the story. Your journal should include at least 5 illustrations with captions placed chronologically in the journal. Any other embellishments are optional.
Journal Cover: Covers will be constructed out of paper bags in class.
Basic: Your journal gives Harriet Tubman’s perspective on the events in the chapter and how she acts in a given situation. You should also predict upcoming events based on the events that have occurred in the scene, and offer advice to other characters or ask advice from them.
Moderate: Your journal also gives Harriet’s reactions to the other characters --- do you think them foolish, wise, crazy, blind, etc.?
Mastery: Your journal also gives Harriet’s reflections on the major issues and themes, and demonstrates how personal beliefs influence her reactions.
· What did Harriet think of a specific event? How might she respond to the event? What evidence in the text led you to these conclusions?
· What would Harriet do in another character’s shoes?
· If Harriet (or another character) were to be punished for some action or behavior, what consequence would Harriet consider to be appropriate?
· What reward doe Harriet think is owed to her?
· How does Harriet feel about other characters?
· What is Harriet’s reaction to other character’s actions?
· What might Harriet do to influence or change another character?
· What does Harriet think will happen in the future?
· If Harriet could give advice to another character, what would it be?
· How could Harriet warn another person about an upcoming event? Would she?
· How does society view Harriet? Does this influence her behavior?
· What behavior is expected of Harriet? Does she live up to the expectations? What evidence can you find to prove this?
**Harriet Tubman could neither read, nor write in real life. However, for the purposes of this journal, you will be responsible for recording her thoughts and actions. You can choose to record each journal entry as though she were a fluent reader and writer, or you can choose to be “creative” in the way you record your journal entries. Both are acceptable.
Character Journal Rubric (Freedom Train) - Student Name: ___________________________________________________
Reading of Complete Novel (20 points)
Attention to Detail
Journal entries reflect major events in narrative, accurate details and specific quotes from novel; show the chosen character’s unique perspective; superior attention to detail (20)
Entries in the journal are creative; pictures and other creative methods are used for entries; journal is like no other and completely original; great thought and planning is clear (10)
Journal creatively and accurately uses or shows the following terms: setting, internal conflict, external conflict, rising action, climax, foil, protagonist, antagonist (10)
Character Journal is carefully put together, has clear attention to detail, shows great effort and is a superior project (10)
Journal entries reflect events in the narrative, mostly accurate details and quotes from novel, and show the chosen character’s unique perspective; good attention to detail (15)
Entries in the journal are mostly creative; pictures and other creative methods are mostly used for entries; journal is mostly original; good thought and planning is clear (7)
Journal mostly creatively and accurately uses or shows the following terms: setting, internal conflict, external conflict, rising action, climax, foil, protagonist, antagonist (7)
Character Journal is mostly carefully put together, has attention to detail, shows good effort and is a good project (7)
Journal entries somewhat reflect events in the narrative, some details and specific quotes from novel, and somewhat shows the chosen character’s perspective; some attention to detail (10)
Entries in the journal are somewhat creative; pictures and other creative methods are somewhat used for entries; journal is not original; moderate thought and planning is evident (5)
Journal somewhat creatively and accurately uses or shows the following terms: setting, internal conflict, external conflict, rising action, climax, foil, protagonist, antagonist (5)
Character Journal is somewhat carefully put together, has some attention to detail, shows some effort and is a medium project (5)
Journal entries poorly reflect major events in the narrative, low details and quotes from novel; character’s unique perspective poorly shown; poor attention to detail (5)
Entries in the journal are not creative; pictures and other creative methods are poorly used for entries; journal is not original; little thought and planning is evident (3)
Journal does not creatively and accurately uses or shows the following terms: setting, internal conflict, external conflict, rising action, climax, foil, protagonist, antagonist (3)
Character Journal is poorly put together, has poor attention to detail, shows little effort and is a poor project (3)
January Book Report Requirements
*****DUE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26TH*****
Create a poster depicting the time period of the book. (75 points)
Include the following information on your poster:
_____ Country and/or City of the setting
_____ Time period of the setting
_____ Major event(s) of the time period with pictures and captions
_____ Clothing style with pictures & captions
_____ Architecture with pictures & captions
_____ Inventions of the period with pictures & captions
_____ Popular entertainment of the period with pictures & caption
_____Any other interesting information with pictures & captions
SUMMARY (25 Points)
ON A SEPARATE PIECE OF PAPER, write (in ink) or type a brief summary of the book you read. Your summary should include:
_____Title and Author/Illustrator
_____Setting (time period and place)
_____Main events of the plot
Make sure you proofread your summary to check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
***ATTACH YOUR SUMMARY TO THE BACK OF YOUR POSTER.***
Poster board is available at Walmart, KMart,Target, The Dollar Store, Etc.
Mrs. Beguhl will also have poster board available for sale in Room 213.