Here are the requirements for your book reviews.
1st drafts due November 1st.
Task: Write a concise review on the book you just completed.
Purpose: To inform the reader about your book as well as to persuade them to read or not to read your book.
Keep in Mind: You are reviewing the book and the writing – not the cover art and the author
Audience: Your classmates and potential for publishing!
BRIEF Summary – should be 4-8 sentences in length
NO SPOILERS – don’t give away that the brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s dog is the killer!
Include the book title and the author
Consider your audience
Include the genre of the book (at minimum fiction or non-fiction)
and dislikes – consider style of writing, pacing, artwork, how the book is constructed
This is NOT a 5-paragraph essay. Most book reviews are not given that much space either online or in print. Here is a rough outline to follow:
st Paragraph: Hook + Summary = 4-8 sentences total (1-2 sentences for the hook)
nd Paragraph: Review = 4-8 sentences total (this is where you include your praise and criticism of the book)
Last Sentence: Final Verdict = 1-2 sentences total (this is styled after
Voya magazines review – final recommendation to the reader as to read or not read)
TOTAL: 9-20 sentences…which means
word choice and precise writing is essential! EVIDENCE is expected!
Here is a link to the audiobook for
Lord of the Flies. It’s on YouTube and not broken up by chapter so you will have to write down what the minute mark is at the end of the chapters.
Here is the link to get connected to my Reminders through the Remind app. Make sure you click on the correct link (English 2 and English 3). If you joined English 2 but you are in English 3 (or vice versa), I dropped you from the class.
Here on the notes on the elements of the PLOT:
Plot Elements Notes
Your first significant write is a short story. Here are the requirements:
2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font
Include the 5 elements of a story
Include 2-3 literary devices
Figurative language (similes, metaphor, personification)
En media res
Interesting point of view
1st drafts due Monday, 10/2/2017 @ midnight.
FINAL Drafts due Saturday, 10/7/2017 @ midnight.
To access the textbook online, you can go to
my.hrw.com or click on the “Online Textbook” icon on the right-hand side of this homepage.
It will take you to the login page.
Your login is: hsd
Your password is:
From there, you will want to click on the CONTENTS link on the left then find the “Collection” your story is in. Then click on the story itself.
If you aren’t sure, you can scroll through the book as well.
Here are the brief notes from the board:
Notes from Wednesday
Here is a picture of the board for the notes we took to review MEAL paragraph structure:
M/T = Main Idea / Topic Sentence
E = Evidence
A = Analysis
L = Link
Here are the two sets of notes we took today:
Here is the link to get connected to my Reminders through the Remind app. Make sure you click on the correct link (English 2 and English 3):