Read Your Way Around New Zealand!You will be reading your way around New Zealand. Every page you read in a NOVEL or CHAPTER BOOK will equate to one KILOMETRE once you have completed the necessary review or responseSo it’s simple... one page = 1 kilometreYou will be required to respond to each novel by writing a full book review or response. These must be completed using the format provided. These will be kept in one of your clear files/ Home Learning Book or compiled into your Google Docs and Shared with us. These will be collected in for marking in week 5 and 9 of every term( in term one only in week 9). You will be provided with maps of New Zealand, once you have received a minimum grade of Achieved on your reviews and responses, you may choose a road to travel on. Remember one page equates to one kilometre. You may earn bonus kilometres for Excellence grades. Obviously, your goal is to cover as much of NZ as possible!There is a list of recommended novels to read but you will also have the opportunity to choose some of your own novels for each of the genres, just make sure that you check with us or your parent that it is suitable. For the full instructions and list of novels click here
How to Write a Book Review Introduction:Here you want to provide basic information about the book, and a sense of what your report will be about. You should include: Title (underlined)/Author Publication Information: Publisher, year, number of pagesGenre A brief (1-2 sentences) introduction to the book and the report/review. Body There are two main sections for this part. The first is an explanation of what the book is about. The second is your opinions about the book and how successful it is. A good place to start is to explain the author's purpose and/or the main themes of the book. Then you can summarize. For fiction or other creative writing:Provide brief descriptions of the setting, the point of view (who tells the story), the protagonist , and other major characters. If there is a distinct mood or tone, discuss that as well.Give a concise plot summary. Along with the sequence of major events, you may want to discuss the book's climax and resolution, and/or literary devices such as foreshadowing. But, if you are writing a review, be careful not to give away important plot details or the ending..
Analysis and Evaluation In this section you analyze or critique the book. You can write about your own opinions; just be sure that you explain and support them with examples. Some questions you might want to consider: Did the author achieve his or her purpose?Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful? What are the strengths and weakness of the book?What is your overall response to the book? Did you find it interesting, moving, dull?Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?ConclusionBriefly conclude by pulling your thoughts together. You may want to say what impression the book left you with, or emphasize what you want your reader to know about it.