Independent Reading


  1. Critical Reading Journals - find the description of the assignment on the Critical Reading Journals page.
    • Due Dates
      • November 29, 2012 - four entries (40 points)
      • January 8, 2012 - four entries (40 points)
  2. Presentations - will take place beginning on January 8, 2011. The specifications and requirements are listed below.
    • Must be in PowerPoint or some other type of program that allows for you to do a visual presentation on the Smartboard.
    • Presentation must include at least 7 slides on the following items:
      • Speaker - Who is the book about? Who is the narrator?
      • OAPST
      • Theme
      • Main Events
      • Author - if different from who the story is about?
      • Quotes - discuss at least two main quotes
    • Your presentation should take no more than 5 minutes. Due to time constraints, if it goes over 5 minutes you will be stopped.
    • The selection of presentation order and dates will be randomly chosen the week before vacation.
    • Even though you might not present on the first day, your file is still due on that day along with your full Critical Reading Journal.
    • Please bring your presentation file on a flash drive, CD, or e-mail it to me. If you e-mail it to yourself, it will be considered late.
    • Grade
      • Powerpoint file - 70 points
      • Presentation - 20 points
      • Time - 10 points
      • Total - 100 points

Below is a list of assigned books for the independent reading assignment. Please bring a list of five books to class with you on Thursday. We will randomly pick the order of students who will then pick their book. Book selections can be changed up until November 9th, but anything after that will not be acceptable. Once a book is taken, you are not allowed to pick it.

Assigned list of books

Kristine - Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT by Jane Stern
George - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Rosie - The burn journals by Brent Runyon
Sam - Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by David J. Pelzer
Gevo - Crocodile Hunter: The Incredible Life and Adventures of Steve and Terri Irwin by Steve Irwin
Talar - Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig
Shahan - Fighting Fire: A Personal Story by Caroline Paul
Ani N. - Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Ani T. - A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Vivian - Go for the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life by Mia Hamm
Harout - Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Maria - Houdini: Master of Illusion by Clinton Cox
Andre - Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Arek - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Hagop - The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
Annie - Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore
Mariam - Lucky by Alice Sebold
Preny - Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Adam - A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Arsen - Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
Khajag - Unbelievable: The Life, Death and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G by Cheo Hodari Coker
Arlene - Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Books that are still left

  1. West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  2. Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America by Michelle Kennedy
  3. All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  4. The Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  5. Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
  6. Beautiful Days of my youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow by Ana Novac
  7. Bo Knows Bo: The Autobiography of a Ballplayer by Bo Jackson
  8. CandyFreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
  9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  10. Lost in Place by Mark Salzman
  11. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
  12. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  13. I am a Soldier Too by Rick Bragg
  14. Naked by David Sedaris
  15. Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein
  16. Stick Figure: a Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb
  17. The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer
  18. Total Impact: Straight Talk from Football's Hardest Hitter by Ronnie Lott
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