Woodson Author Study Literature Circles


Follow these links to student wikis for the following books:

After Tupac and D Foster

Feathers

Hush (Group I)

Hush (Group II)

If You Come Softly (Group I)

If You Come Softly (Group II)

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This

Miracle's Boys

Peace, Locomotion





Students will choose a book by Jacqueline Woodson. Focus is on PLOT and CHARACTER Main Wiki Page should include (using textual evidence from the book as support)

  • home page with general information
  • detailed plot summary (no spoilers!), including rising action, conflicts, climax and resolution
  • DETAILED description of each character
  • information on setting and its effect on the plot and characters
  • planning page

FINAL PROJECT: PUBLICATION OF WIKI PAGE

Grading Rubric can be downloaded here:



Wed., 2/25

Comment on Assigned Topic:

  • Please check in and let your group members know what class you're in.
  • Have you been able to obtain a copy of the book yet?
  • What do you think it will be like?
  • What are your suggestions for a reading schedule?
  • Where and when does the book take place?

HOME PAGE:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • Publication Date
  • List group members
  • Information about author; book awards, etc.

Mon., 3/2

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

  • Brainstorm sensory details that help describe the setting (You should add this information to the setting page, too.)
  • Review what you remember about MLA citations for images you use for your book.
  • Who is the protagonist of the story? Write two sentences describing him or her both physically and personally.

PLANNING PAGE:

  • Post reading schedule

SETTING PAGE:

  • Identify primary place and time of book; include sensory details for each setting, including all five senses, if possible

Thurs., 3/5

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

  • Identify and describe one major conflict (e.g., man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. himself, etc.) in the story so far. Write AT LEAST THREE SENTENCES on this topic, including how it builds up to the climax. (i.e., How is it “rising action”?)
  • Describe one major difference between your life and/or culture and that of the protagonist. (Two or more sentences for full credit.)

PLANNING PAGE:

  • Identify Group Organizer

HOME PAGE:

  • Include image associated with book (e.g., cover, author, etc.), including proper MLA citation (or caption, if original media) for image

CHARACTERS PAGE:

  • List main characters with brief descriptions; include explanation of each character’s role in the story

Mon., 3/9

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

  • Consider the sensory details you have included to describe the setting. (You may need to add to your description before continuing.) What emotions do these descriptions evoke in you? What sort of emotion do you think the author is leading you to feel and why? (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)

PLOT PAGE:

  • Create outline of conflicts that create rising action

PLANNING PAGE:

  • Identify unifying elements of design for wiki (font, colors, etc.)

Thurs., 3/12

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

Character (show, don’t tell)
  • Choose a character from your book and describe what you think that character’s MySpace page would look like (assuming they had one). What song would his or her profile have? Who would his or her friends be? What would his or her “About Me” section include? (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)
  • Provide one example of a passage from the book (either a narration or quote from that character) that supports your answer to the question above.

PLANNING PAGE:

  • List ideas for incorporating original media

SETTING PAGE:

  • Include original artwork (e.g., scanned drawing, digital drawing, photograph, etc.) RELATED TO THE SETTING

SETTING PAGE:

  • Add additional settings (as necessary), including sensory details; explain how setting affects mood and tone of story

Mon., 3/16

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

Choose a passage from the book that you could include on your wiki page (as a quote or a recorded passage) that creates suspense and interest in the climax of the book (or a primary conflict) without actually giving away too much information. Argue for using the passage that YOU chose. DO NOT use the same passage someone else has suggested. (First posters have first dibs!!!) (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)

CHARACTER PAGE:

  • For at least one character include a passage from the book that helps the reader understand him or her better. Cite the quote properly.

CHARACTER PAGE:

  • Include original artwork (e.g., scanned drawing, digital drawing, photograph, etc.) RELATED TO THE CHARACTER

Thurs., 3/19

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

What are the social issues in this book? (e.g., crime, abuse, racism) How does Woodson’s presentation of these issues confirm or challege your preconceived ideas about these issues? What can you learn from this? (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)

PLOT PAGE:

  • Include a description of the book’s climax without any spoilers

ANY PAGE:

  • Include original audio or video recording (with proper caption)
    • Recommendations (in decreasing order of possible points):
      • VoiceThread (sound & original or copyright-free images)
      • iMovie (sound & video)
      • simple voice recording (sound only)

Mon., 3/23

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

How is the book narrated? (i.e., first person, third person omniscient, third person limited) Why do you think Woodson chose to write the book from this point of view? How might the story have been told differently if it had been told from a different character’s point of view? (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)

PLOT PAGE:

  • Polish narrative; include all important events and build-up to climax without any spoilers

ALL PAGES:

  • EACH GROUP MEMBER proofreads for conventions, citation, captions

Thurs., 3/26

Comment on Assigned Topic: (Post your comment directly to the discussion topic!)

Identify and describe a theme predominant in your book. Do you think this theme is relevant and beneficial for someone of your age and socio-economic background to contemplate? Explain why or why not. (Minimum of five sentences for full credit.)

FINISHING TOUCHES TO WIKI:

  • Lock pages