8th grade Summer Reading Project
Please bring your novels and all completed assignments on the first day of school.
Novel #1: Fever 1793- Laurie Halse Anderson Novel #2: Chains- Laurie Halse Anderson
Directions for Fever 1793:
Discussion questions (on next page) o Respond to questions in complete sentences using correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. o Answer the entire question and rephrase the question in the form of a statement in your
response. o Answer all the questions in order. o Skip lines between each answer. o Typed answers are preferred, but I will accept handwritten papers as long as they are legible.
Directions for Chains:
Write an epilogue of approximately 1 to 2 pages. This should be written as if it is ten years after the end of the novel. The definition of an epilogue is a short passage added to the end of a literary work which can explain what eventually happens to the main character(s).
o A typed epilogue is preferred: 14pt font, Times New Roman, double spaced
Choose ONE of the following activities for EXTRA CREDIT: o Research Colonial recipes. Cook or bake one or more of these recipes and photograph your
culinary results to be presented in poster form. o Create a detailed antique map of the Thirteen Colonies, o Research and draw examples of Colonial fashion. Present in poster form. o Research weaponry used during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. How were they different?
Similar? Explain advancements in poster form. o What were the main health challenges in Colonial America? What diseases were prevalent?
What remedies were common? What surgical procedures and anesthesia practices were utilized? Present in poster form.
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Fever 1793 Open-Ended Response Questions
All questions must be answered to receive full credit. Please use complete sentences with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Please provide text evidence for all answers, integrating the evidence into your responses when possible 1. Why is it significant that a mosquito in the opening chapter bites Matilda? What might the mosquito bite foreshadow? 2. What are Matildas duties at the coffeehouse? Discuss how she, Polly, and Eliza work together to make the coffeehouse a success. 3. Matilda tells Eliza that she is her best friend. Why does this make Eliza laugh? What is unusual about their friendship? How is their friendship further revealed at the end of the novel? 4. Nathaniel Benson is interested in Mattie. What does her mother have against Nathaniel? What is Grandfather Cooks attitude towards the boy? 5. Discuss how the author vividly depicts what the fever is like. Cite specific passages from the book that reveal the horror of the disease. 6. Contrast the way Dr. Rush and the French doctors treat yellow fever. How does Dr. Rush change his treatment as the epidemic progresses? Who is Mr. Rowley and how does he treat the fever? 7. Matties grandfather had been an army officer and fought in the American Revolution under General George Washington. Throughout the book, Mattie speaks to her grandfather in military language. Why do you think they speak to each other in this way? In what way does using military language help them cope with the death and destruction around them? 8. The climax of a novel in the turning point in the plot. What is the climax of Fever 1793? 9. The author uses figurative language to create certain images in readers minds. Review the following types of figurative language:
Personification Please find 3 examples of each: simile, metaphor, and personification in the novel. Write them and reference where you found them. Also, write your own simile, metaphor, and personification that best describes Matildas reaction when she returns to Philadelphia and finds Eliza. 10. Imagine that you are Matilda, lying in the hospital bed in Bush Hill, recovering from yellow fever. Write a letter to your mother describing your experience at Bush Hill. Include the following:
Explain where you are and how you got there.
Describe in detail what it was like to have yellow fever. Include sensory language that captures you experience with the disease: describe what you felt, heard, dreamed, and smelled.
Conclude by telling your mother your plans after you have been released from Bush Hill.