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Summer Reading List 

8th Grade Summer Reading Books

 

Choose one of the books below to read before classes resume. You will be asked to respond to questions about the reading upon return.

                            The Lightning Thief

                            The Testing

                            Slated

                            The Selection

                            The Summer I Turned Pretty

                            Michael Vey Prisoner of Cell 25

                            Backfield Boys

 

Summer Reading Literary Analysis

You are to write a literary analysis on one of the summer reading book selections. A literary analysis is a written essay that breaks down certain elements of a piece of literature and explains their meaning and significance.

You should include:

A.      Introduction paragraph:

a.       Include a clincher

b.       Brief summary of the story (3 to 4 sentences including the main character and setting)

c.       Thesis statement (introducing at least two literary elements) example: John Doe uses foreshadow and irony in “The Student”, in order to keep the reader build a suspense.

B.      Paragraphs 2 & 3

a.       For each paragraph, choose a separate literary element to analyze (simile, metaphor, irony, etc.)

b.       Describe how the author uses this literary element to enhance the overall story. What is the author’s purpose in choosing such techniques?

c.       For each paragraph, include at least two pieces of textual evidence (direct quotes) from the story with explanations explaining the literary element

d.       Include a transition and topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph.

C.      Conclusion

a.       Summarize the main ideas from your essay.

b.       State the theme of the story

c.       Include a personal reflection (one sentence) on the story. (opinion, lesson learned, etc.)

Writing Dos

a.       Do be specific and descriptive

b.       Do use proper grammar

c.       Do vary your sentence structure and vocabulary

d.       Do use appropriate transitions with punctuations

Writing DON’Ts

a.       Don’t write things such as “I think” or “I believe” except in the conclusion

b.       Don’t use the second person (“You”).

c.       Don’t write “I am going to tell you about…”.

d.       Don’t use contractions (don’t, can’t, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Rubric

Literary Analysis

Student Name: ____________________________

Element

1

2

3

4

5

Total

Organization

Essay is missing several required elements

The essay is missing three: grabber, thesis, topic sentences, transitions, closure

The essay is missing two: grabber, thesis, topic sentences, transitions,

closure

The essay is organized.

Includes all but one.

The essay is organized, focused, and well developed. Includes all parts of the essay.

 

 

Support/Evidence/ Element #1

 

There is no evidence for the first element

The evidence is irrelevant for the first element.

Evidence is not fully developed for the first element.

Evidence is included and make sense for the first element.

Evidence is clear, fully developed, and sophisticated for the first element.

 

 

Explanation

Element #1

There is no explanation for the first element

The explanation is weak for the first element.

Explanations are included, but they are not fully developed.

Explanations are included and make sense.

Explanations are clear, fully developed, and sophisticated for 2nd element

 

 

 

Support/Evidence/

Element #2

There is no evidence for the first element for the second element

The evidence is irrelevant for the first element for the second element.

Evidence is not fully developed for the second element.

Evidence is included and make sense for the second element.

Evidence is clear, fully developed, and sophisticated for the second element

 

 

 

Explanation

Element #2

There is no support or explanation for the second element

The explanation is weak for the first element

Explanations are included, but they are not fully developed.

Explanations are included and make sense.

Explanations are clear, fully developed, and sophisticated for 2nd element

 

Conventions

There are several grammatical errors

There are many grammatical errors.

There are some grammatical errors.

There are few grammatical errors.

There are no grammatical errors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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