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Quarterly Independent Reading PBLA's


     Independent Reading is a requirement for each quarter of your freshman year.  Each quarter we will have "Book Talk" with Ms. Mackenzie and then go to the library.  You are able to choose your own book, but keep in mind that we want to challenge you to read at a high level for vocabulary-building skills as well an enhanced reading comprehension.  Also, please note that your parents/guardians have an input into your choice.  If they decide a particular book is appropriate for you to read, it is fine with me.  You do not have to choose a book from our school library; instead, you may choose from the town library, books at home, inter-library loan, or any other source.

Once you have read your book and taken notes on plot, character development, language (figurative and imagery), theme, and significant quotes and what they mean, pick a PBLA from the list below to complete.  All Independent Reading projects are due two weeks before the end of the quarter.  They will be listed on the Calendar on this site.  Choose a PBLA that intrigues, interests, or challenges your skill sets.  In other words, you shouldn't only do what you already do well.  Choose and explore something new.  I will be monitoring your choices and helping you with suggestions for activities you might enjoy.  If you have an idea for a new PBLA, just discuss it with me in advance of the assignment due date.

Common Core State Standards:

CC.9-10.R.L.4  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CC.9-10.R.L.5Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

CC.9-10.R.L.10  By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.  

Character Interview PBLA

Extending the Story PBLA 

Musical Composition PBLA 

The Dating Game PBLA P.doc

Dating Game Graphic Organizer.doc

Switching Genres 

Flat Stanley PBLA

Inside the Brain of Your Character Collage 

Art Portfolio PBLA