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  • Holiday Homework

    ENGLISH- Summer Reading Assignments Task 1:

    Visit, an online dictionary. Click on the Quizzes and Games tab to investigate their Vocabulary

    Quiz, Name That Thing, Spell It, and True or False.

    Next, click on Merriam-Websters Video tab. There are several short explanations, whimsical stories, and interesting trivia points to learn from the editors.

    Create a chart that categorizes and logs what you did during each visit, and have one of your parents sign each time. Follow this example:

    Activity Lesson Summary Parents signature

    10 min vocab quiz, 2 videos

    I took 5 vocab quizzes and scored 4360 points! I learned about Schwa and Okay.


    Task- 2


    You are required to read at least one book this summer. You may select from the titles provided.

    You will be responsible for completing two reading activities from each of

    the columns given below.

    Be sure to choose two activities from column A and two from column B

  • for a total of four assignments per read book.

    The summer project is due on August 1st 2016.


    Column A: Choose one activity from this


    Column B: Choose one activity from this


    Newspaper - Create a newspaper page based on events from the novel. The newspaper page might include weather reports, an editorial or editorial cartoon, news events, sports events etc. The title of the newspaper should be relevant to the theme of the book. Use Who, What, Where, When, Why and How questions to guide your writing. Also, the major conflict and events should be reported in the paper.

    Bookmark - Create a bookmark (3 X 7)

    using construction paper. Write the title,

    author and a brief two paragraph review of

    the novel. On the other side of the

    bookmark, illustrate a picture that depicts

    an event or a major character. Also, please

    include an important quote that represents

    your character. It may be something that

    the character stated or a statement that

    represents the theme of the novel.

    Book Review - Write a review of your novel for Give two opinions about the novel and cite examples using quotations from the novel to support your opinion. Include supporting details explaining why you would recommend this novel and to what audience you think the novel is written for (For example what age group and why).

    Comic Book/Graphic Novel: Choose an event or scene from your novel and create a ten square slot graphic novel storyboard. Be sure to include two major characters involved in a conflict, how the conflict progressed, and how the conflict was resolved. Story boxes should be neat, creative, and colorful and show a students intricate design and effort.

    You magically become a character in your novel -Pretend you could magically enter your novel. Write a short essay explaining what event, setting or conflict you would enter and why. How would your being there change the story? How would you connect yourself to the characters? Minimum a three paragraph entry.

    Hallmark card- You are now a member of the Hallmark Card Corporation. You are responsible for designing a greeting card for one of your novels characters. Please choose a theme based on your novel. The greeting card should include a six-to-eight sentence greeting on the inside. The front cover should have a design based on a setting or event from your novel. Be sure to include your name, the novels title, and author, as well as the name of your production company on the back of your card.

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