State Standards:
Reading: 1.2, 2.0, 3.0, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 3.11
Writing: 1.0, 1.1, 1.9, 2.0, 2.2
Written and Oral Language Conventions: 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3

Select on outside reading book from the 9th grade list. In a PowerPoint presentation, include a series of slides with the following information:

1.  Cover slide: title, author, name, class, period, date
2.  Setting (time + place=mood)
3.  Tone (see following examples)
4. Characters and the state of the main character's conflict: state the traits that exemplify the main character.
5.  Use a quote from the book to illustrate character, setting, or mood.  Embed the quote in your own       commentary (sandwich style). Include page number.
6.  Theme of the book (Italicize the entire theme).
7.  Plot summary
8.  Insert a picture that depicts the story and its theme.
9.  Reference slide (title, publisher, date)  Example:
Soto, Gary. Living Up the Street. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing
     Group, 1992.


Tone: The writer's attitude toward his or her audience and subject.   The words he/she uses establishes the tone of the piece.  Examples of adjectives describing tone:

Formal- words used such as : shall, surely, certainly, etc.
Informal- common, every day words used
Serious- the tone is very staid and strong; no humor evident
Playful- words used such as: happy, fun, joking, etc.
Bitter- the writer used words like hate, unforgiving, upset
Ironic- twists and turns in the story; what you expect to happen doesn't happen
Cynical- complaints, negative statements about people, places, things
Sarcastic- words that say one thing but mean the opposite
Defiant- angry words such as: regret, rebellion, hate, etc.
Determined- strong words of success: will, shall, indeed, succeed, certain
Enduring- words such as: try, stick it out, fight, win, trudge on, never give up
Confident- words that show positive outlook; sure, indeed, you can do it
Dedicated- strong words about sticking with it: stay with it; keep going; don't give up
Hopeful- positive words; hope, future, change, positive
Joyous- positive words; great, wonderful, exult
Reminiscent- words that look back to better days; good old days, past, better than, etc.
Melancholic- sad words are used; dreary, sad, dark, cloudy, depressed, tears, cry, etc.
Dark- depressing words: depression, black, no future, death, murder, kill, etc.
Mysterious- words such as: mystery, questionable, doubtful
Exciting- words such as: celebrate, travel, fast, move, quick, surprise, wow
Adventurous- words and situations such as: expedition, trip, curious, odyssey, journey
Nostalgic- words talking about the past in a better light: old days, quiet, gently, antique, personable, better back then



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