Upper Grade Reading Group

We are almost through our current novel. We have one chapter left and then the final project, just in time for the end of reading groups on May 18th. Here are the details for the final project.

Call of the Wild Final Essay

Using your diary and character log, and the text, please write a one-page summary of the book. You must use at least one citation (quote) from the book and you must include the page number in parentheses.  Correct spelling and proper grammar must be used. This must be typed using double space and 11 or 12-point font. This paper is worth 100 points. It will be graded on a scale of one to ten, ten being the highest grade possible. The guidelines are as follows:

10 (A perfect paper):

  • Free from all spelling and grammar errors.
  • Uses at least one citation with the page number in parentheses.
  • Summarizes the book using good detail, starting at the beginning and progressing to the end.
  • Length is a full page or more using double space and correct font size.

9 (An excellent paper):

  • Has one or two grammar or spelling errors.
  • Uses at least one citation with the page number in parentheses.
  • Summarizes the book using good detail, starting at the beginning and progressing to the end.
  • Length is a full page using double space and correct font size.

8 (A great paper):

  • A few spelling and grammar errors.
  • Uses a citation, but forgets the page number in parentheses.
  • Summarizes the book using good detail, starting at the beginning and progressing to the end.
  • Length is a full page, but not using double space or correct font size. OR
  • Length is not quite a full page using double space and correct font size.

    7 (A good paper):

  • A few spelling and grammar errors.
  • Uses a citation, but forgets the page number in parentheses.
  • Summarizes the book using good detail, but not in order. OR
  • Summarizes the book in order, but not using good details.
  • Length is a full page, but not using double space or correct font size. OR
  • Length is not quite a full page using double space and correct font size.

    6 (A decent paper):

  • More than a few spelling and grammar errors.
  • Uses a citation, but forgets the page number in parentheses.
  • Summarizes the book using details, but not in order. OR
  • Summarizes the book in order, but not using details.
  • Length is not quite a full page and not using double space or correct font size.

    5 (An okay paper):

  • More than a few spelling and grammar errors.
  • Forgets the citation.
  • Summarizes the book, but not in order or using details.
  • Length is not a full page and not using double space or correct font size.

4 and below

  • To be determined based on effort

 




Our current novel:
Our current novel is Call of the Wild by Jack London. This book is about a dog named Buck. After he is stolen from his family, Buck must learn to survive around men and other dogs in a harsh environment. Set against the back drop of the Alaskan gold rush, we will be discussing the history of the time period and elements of a story such as point of view and characterization.
Greek and Latin Roots:
In this class, we study Greek and Latin roots with some of their derivations for the spelling portion of our class.

Greek and Latin Roots 5/8-5/12

  1. Solvo, solvere, solvi, solutum (L)- to loosen; untie
    1. Absolve- to relieve blame; to pardon a sin
      1. The judge absolved all my speeding tickets.
    2. Resolute- persistent and determined
      1. She was resolute in her quest for glory.
    3. Resolve- 1) To find a solution; 2) to make a decision
      1. The teacher resolved the classroom conflict.
  1. Re (L)- back; again
    1. Refute- to disprove
      1. I refuted the scientist’s theory.
    2. Reiterate- to say over again
      1. The teacher reiterated how important the test was.
    3. Repartee- a quick, witty reply
      1. He used his repartee to win the argument.
    4. Repertoire- a stock of songs, plays, or other works
      1. Mozart has a large repertoire of music.
    5. Repose- a rest
      1. The teacher was in repose in June and July.
  1. Ostendo, ostendere, ostendi, ostensum (L)- to exhibit
    1. Ostensible- pretended; hide the real reason
      1. The student’s ostensible reason was found out.