The summer reading selection is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. After reading the novel, you are responsible for completing the summer reading assignment below. As you read the novel, you must complete a dialectic journal (Please see the detailed directions below).
What is a dialectical journal?
FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS.
How many quotations should I have?
12 total quotes for the entire assignment
Section 1: 3 quotations from chapters 2-6 analyzed in two paragraphs
Section 2: 3 quotations from chapters 7-13 analyzed in two paragraphs
Section 3: 3 quotations from chapters 14-20 analyzed in two paragraphs
Section 4: 3 quotations from chapters 21-31 analyzed in two paragraphs
See sample document on left - updated 6/28/2104.
Make sure you format long/short quotes correctly as noted at the links below.
Learn how to format both a short and long quote using OWL - the University of Purdue's Online Writing Lab.
Learn how to format a quote within a quote on OWL's Extended Rules of Quotation Marks
How long should my responses be?
See definition of the above terms in the PDF document found in the right column of this page.
What exactly constitutes a quotation?
· A quotation can be narration OR dialogue. You are NOT limited just to what the characters say.
What kinds of quotations should I choose and what should I write about?
· Find passages that you think help us better understand the author’s subject matter, characterizations, attitude, and especially THEMES (messages/”big ideas”). If you find yourself simply repeating what the quotation says, you might want to select a different quotation or reevaluate how you are approaching the response. NO SUMMARIES!
PICK THE MOST IMPORTANT QUOTE FROM THAT SECTION. AS YOU READ EACH SECTION, MAKE A NOTE OF ALL THE IMPORTANT QUOTES. AFTER READING THE ENTIRE SECTION, PICK THE BEST QUOTE – THE MOST SIGNIFICANT.
What format should I use?
When is this due?
· Those students who have English first semester can just bring the summer reading assignment to class. Those students who have English second semester can bring the assignment to Mrs. Melone’s room - 211 or Mrs. Thiel room TBA.
All work must be completed before the first day of school