• One Independent reading book per semester MUST come from the list HERE .
    Download and save the list for your future reference.
    Important Dates:
    1. Book Approval: . Book MUST be brought to class for approval and sign-up
    2. Project due Wed, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
    3. PRINT or EMAIL (Subject Line "Last Name, Period ___, IR #___) 

    Independent reading Requirement for Book #1 & 2



    Part 1  

    1. You will submit a three-page document (may be longer). Please email, if possible. Type this in your         subject line:

                                  Name, IR # ___, Period ___


    2. Page #1: Analysis of Character or Theme


    To write a complete analysis of character, be sure to consider:

    •          Words

    •          Actions

    •          Appearance

    •          Thoughts

    •          Effects on other people

    •          Direct characterization

                 Need MORE help? Excellent blog HERE  **Look down the page for links on writing about theme, as well!


    3. Page #2: Analysis of  Author’s Tone

                              Create a 3-column chart. Column 1: Example of figurative language. Column 2: Explanation of how the figurative language works and its effect.                                 Column 3: Tone revealed through the figurative language. MINIMUM of FOUR EXAMPLES




    “He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself,” pg.9 para.7

    This personification gives Montag’s smile the ability to slide and melt and fold to show that it happened naturally and easily.

    The tone is depressing and mournful.

    “such an immense volume that his bones were almost shaken from their tendons; he felt his jaw vibrate, eyes wobble in his head.” pg.42 para.9

    This hyperbole over-exaggerates the volume of the parlor speakers to show how much the parlor aggravates Montag and how terrible it is.

    The tone is bitter and troubled.

    “How like a beautiful statue of ice it was, melting in the sun.” pg.85 para.7

    This simile compares the decline in use of newspapers and reading to a melting ice statue to show that it was gradual and inevitable.

    The tone is amused and contrite.

    “How like trying to put out fires with water pistols,” pg.106 para.1

    This simile compares trying to get people to think on their own by reading poetry to them trying to put fires out with water pistols to show how futile it is.

    The tone is dissatisfied and irritated.

    “And his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning…” p.1 para.2

    This metaphor calls Montag’s hands a conductor’s hands to show that Montag thought of fire as beautiful art.

    The tone is passionate and proud.

    “The books leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers.” p.110 para.8

    This imagery describes the way the books looked as they are burnt with Montag’s flamethrower. It appeals to the visual sense.

    The tone is excited and entertained.


    4. Page #3: Personal response


     This is the page where you get to share your opinion and how you were able to relate to the text. Four ways to relate to a book (txt) are:

                A. Text to self: How does the text relate to me?

                B. Text to text: How is this text similar to other texts?

                C. Text to World: Why does it matter for people to read this text?

                D Text to itself: What are the distinguishing features of this text?


    ·        Think about how third-person omniscient POV in “The Open Window” led us to be tricked or how first-person POV in “Sweet Potato Pie” allowed us to recognize the appreciation Buddy has for those who sacrificed to make his success even possible.

    ·        Think about the ending. Were you surprised? Was there clear resolution or did the ending leave you with questions? Maybe the ending didn’t answer all of the questions because this text is setting up the next book in a series.

    ·        Think about how the conflict develops

    *Formatting Directions: Type in Microsoft Word or Google Docs

    Font: Size 12, Times New Roman

    Spacing: single-spaced

    Word count: Minimum 300 words per page. 

Last Modified on November 12, 2021