Assessment Requirements

There are three significant assessment tasks this term for your Author Study Workshops
  1. Author Study Research Paper (due end of week 2)
  2. Three Book Reports (due end of week 4, end of week 7 & end of week 10)
  3. Short 'Bellaire Times' Book Review for each book (upon completion of each text)
    When you have finished reading your book you must submit a reviw for the Bellaire Times. Your review must be written in your book and then published.
    You must include:
    A star rating on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 - don't go near this book', 2 - OK, 3 - a good read, 4 - a great read indeed! and 5 - You must read this!)
    Two paragraphs containing at least four reasons that justify your rating.
    A short conclusion that sums up the rating!
    Choose on of your created pictures and reflect a section of the book that you enjoyed or an emotion from a character.
    You must create your own illustrations either drawing by hand or using ICT.
New Summary Ideas
- 20 ways of looking at a book.

- 140 ideas for a book report

Author Study



Your task is to research your chosen author and design a small project based on his or her life. Follow the steps below. You must note down any resources you use. You may use some pictures either from magazines or ‘Flickr’ as long as you acknowledge the source.
Your research paper must include the following:

· Name of Author
· Date of birth/Place of birth
· A list of the books they have had published. Include full title and year released.
· At least 10 facts about your author (family, awards, childhood, hobbies, other jobs, school experience, personality, etc.) This information must be presented in your own words and in paragraph form.
· See if you can find some information about how your author writes their stories. For example: perhaps they base their characters on real people they know! Perhaps they have been interviewed and have revealed some of their secrets! This information must be presented in your own words and in paragraph form.
· Include a clear list of your references/sources.

Pick three books that you will complete the author study on following these guidelines:

· One book can be a reread
· All books must be fiction
· All three books are by the same author (but don’t have to be a series)
· Pick books that will be “just right” for you

Book Report - (Three Book Reports Required for Three Different Texts)



Break your book into three sections. For each section you must complete the following tasks in your book or on your One Note document.


  • Step 1: A prediction before you read - Your prediction should be a small, detailed paragraph that includes at least three reasons or clues from the text that support your idea.
  • Step 2: A short summary of what has happened in this section - Again, reference the evidence or clues from the book that support your statements.
  • Step 3: Identify four examples of figurative language - (examples will be discussed in class and layout is on the sheet attached).
  • Step 4: Choose three sentences or quotes from the section that do one of these things - create a mental image in your head (visualisation), a favourite passage from the text or a turning point in the story - (layout is on the sheet attached)
  • Step 5: Draw one illustration that depicts a character's emotions from a particular passage in the book
Lastly...predict....and then KEEP READING!

Finished your book? Now comes the juicy part!
Now that you have finished your book you still need to tell the world about it and think about your author's writing style!

  • Step 1: The Final Sum Up! - Write a detailed summary (two paragraphs) which explains the setting, the characters and the plot (including the proplement, events leading up to the resolution, the resolution and the ending).
  • Step 2: Comparing the Settings - Sometimes the author use places they have visited as an inspiration for their stories.
So....
Does your author create detailed settings?
Do you think the author has visited a place like this and why?
What are some of the features of you author's 'world'?
Write a short paragraph about these thoughts.

  • Step 3: Comparing the Characters - Sometimes autors use similar types of people or creatures in their different stories.
So....
Do some of your author's characters have common traits or similar personalities?
Are their characters always of a similar age?
Does your author have mainly male or femaile characters in their stories?
Write a short paragraph about these thoughts.

  • Step 4: Comparing the Events - Sometimes authors use similar types of problems and events in their stories.
So....
Do some of your author's characters experience similar challenges and conflicts in each of the stories?
How do the character's react to these problems? Do they solve the conflicts or do they fail?
Write a short paragraph about these thoughts.


"Bellaire Times" Book Review


Now that you have finished your book, you must submit a review for the "Bellaire Times"! Your review must be written in your book prior to publishing.
You must include:
  • A star rating on a scale of 1 - 5 (* - don't go near this book!, - OK, * - a good read, - a great read indeed! * You must read this!)
  • Two paragraphs containing at least 4 reasons that justify your rating.
  • A short conclusion that sums up the rating!
  • Choose one of your created pictures that reflect a section of the book you enjoyed or an emotion from a character. Your must create your own illustrations by hand drawing (will be scanned) or using ICT.

Using Wordles and Saving Wordles as JPEGs



Wordle is a great program you can use to make word splashes, brainstorm and just have fun with words.
Go to www.wordle.net/ to explore and have fun!