Twenty Book Challenge Requirement
This year, we will read three books with the class. You will be expected to read independently as well and write a summary/reflection (see below for format). You may use the books we read in class, but you must wait until we have finished reading them as a class. In order to be rewarded for this, you must read at least the equivalent of five books each nine weeks. I hope you have fun with this!
Choose books that are middle school level or above with at least 100 to 300 hundred pages for ONE book. For books over 300 pages: 301 to 600 = TWO books; 601 to 900 pages = THREE books; 901 to 1,200 pages = FOUR books
For each book that you read on your own, either take an AR Test OR write/type the following information:
Summary: For fiction, write two to three sentences summarizing the book using the following wording: __________ (someone) wanted __________ but __________ so __________. Please DO NOT write more than this. For nonfiction, write two to three sentences that explain what the main idea of the book is. Again, don’t write too long of a summary so you can focus on your reflection.
Reflection: Write a long paragraph (seven to 10 sentences) of reflection using one of the reflection questions from this sheet. Restate the question at the beginning of your reflection. You must use details from the book in your paragraph. This is where I want you to write your details about the book. Thank you!
Reflection Questions for Fiction:
- Which character did you connect with the most and why?
- Which part of the story caused the most intense feelings in you? Why?
- How realistic is the plot of your book? Explain.
- What event, setting, or character in this book reminds you of your life and why?
- Would you recommend this book or story to someone else? Why?
- Find a quote that stands out to you and explain why you chose it.
You may also use these reflection starters.
- In this book, I love the way ….
- In the novel, I can’t believe that….
- If I were __________, I would ….
- I like the way the author ….
- I felt sad/elated/apprehensive when ….
- My favorite part of the book was…
Reflection Questions for Nonfiction:
- Who do you think would be interested in what you read and why?
- Which part of your book did you having the most difficulty understanding and why?
- What was the author’s purpose? Did he/she want to inform, entertain, persuade or describe? How do you know?
- While reading, what is something new you learned and would want to share with someone else?
- Would you recommend this book to someone else? Why?
- Explain any opinions you formed while reading this book.