Hamburg Middle School

English Language Arts 7
IRP final grade depends on the number of genres a student has read and submitted a piece of writing for this year.  Final grades will be calculated as part of a student's 4th quarter average.
 Reading and writing about all 8 genres = 100%
7 genres = 88%  
6 genres  = 75%
5 genres  = 63%
4 genres = 50%
3 genres = 38%
2 genres = 25%
1 genre = 13% 
Any additional books that a student reads and writes about will be added as 4th quarter extra credit- as long as all 8 required genres are complete!
 We have started reading S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders!
There is daily reading and homework questions!
Here is the homework packet- just in case you forget it in your locker!
Or, if you prefer Google Docs, The Outsiders packet has been added to Google Classroom. An email invitation has been sent to every student on Team 5. You can also use the following codes:
Period 1- oproy4d
Period 3- dyu59b7
Period 4- pdfir87
Period 6- i0jnonm
Period 8- rnwkc5
Forget your book?  Here is a link to an online PDF!
IRP Writing Prompts for One-Pager

Directions:  Chose a prompt to respond to about your independent reading book!  Use R.A.C.E., the Writing with Evidence Strategy, to organize your response.  A response should be written in 1 (one) organized paragraph, and include: title, author, genre and text evidence from your independent reading book (with page numbers).

FICTION Questions

  1. What is the problem or conflict of your book?  Which characters are involved?  How do you think the problem or conflict might be solved?
  1. What is the setting of your story?  Remember that setting is both place and time of the story.  Your book will most likely not tell you exactly when and where it takes place, but you can find clues in the story.  Is this a modern story (computers, video games, shopping malls, etc.)?  Does it take place in a city, suburb, or farm area?  Be sure to tell the clues that give the setting of your story.
  1. Describe a minor character in your book.  Identify the character by name and describe him/her.  What is the character’s part in the story?  How does this character feel about the main character and vice-versa?  Use examples from the story.
  1. Are the events in your book realistic or unrealistic?  Could they really happen, are they fantasy, or a mix of both?  Explain using specific examples from the book.
  1. Explain how a character in your book reminds you of yourself or someone you know.  For example, do you or a friend or relative, like some of the same things, have some of the same interests, or have similar problems as a character in your book?
  1. Tell why you chose your book to read.  What factors went into your decision (interesting cover, back cover, recommendation)? 
  1. How does your book begin?  First describe the events that start your story.  Then tell if this is a good, effective way for the author to start the book.  Explain why or why not.  What would you change
  1. Who is the main character in your book?  What is this character like?  Tell the character’s name, age, appearance, friends, personality, and problems…

  1. What are 3 facts you learned about the topic of your book, and why these facts are significant.

  2. What is one thing you learned that surprised or startled you, and why.


    If you are reading about a PLACE:

  3. Would you want to visit this place? Why or why not?


  4. How is this place similar to or different from the place where you live?


  5. What sort of people/plants/animals live in this place? How do you know?

If you are reading about a PERSON (biography or autobiography):

     6. Would you want to be friends with this person? Why or why not?
     7.  If you were to meet this person, what are three questions you would want to ask them about themselves? Why?


     8. Imagine that you are going to buy this person a gift for their birthday. What do you decide to buy them, and why? (You can spend as much money as you need)
     9. If you could go back in time to any point in this person’s life, what would it be and why?