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9 Honors Independent Reading Assignments
The Most Dangerous Game
Career Research Portfolio
Stephen King
Fahrenheit 451
Great Expectations
Independent Projects
Freshmen Summer Reading
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Odyssey
Vocabulary in Literature
Freshmen Study Guide
Maya Angelou
Miracle Worker
Word of the Day
Extra Credit
The House on Mango Street
To Kill A Mockingbird

All book selections must be approved by your teacher.

English 9 Honors

Independent Reading Assignments


Below, you will find five different projects you can select from.  Keep in mind that you may only do each project once.  Each project will be due on the date listed below. 


Due Dates:  Ocotober 20               Free Choice 

                        December 16                  Memoir

                        March 17                        Literary Classic

                        Oct. - May                      Great Expectations  


Persuasive Speech

Task: Persuade the class in a 3 -5 minute speech to read the novel that you are presenting. Your speech must include, but is not limited to, information on the characters, theme, and conflicts contained within the novel. Be careful not to give away the ending. 


  • Make the presentation exciting and use props.
  • Dress in costume (optional – but always popular)
  • You will be graded on your eye contact, so be certain you have rehearsed. 
  • Do not rush! 
  • Pay attention to your tone and clarity as well as your volume

**You will be going on the day assigned to you**


Cereal Box

Task: Design and create a cereal box that symbolizes a theme from
                                    the novel.  
                                    1.  On the back of the box.
 Design at least four character sketches.  You need to include the protagonist and antagonist; the other two can be your choice.
 Draw the characters. It does not matter if they are stick people or fully developed sketches.
  Describe the characters in detail. 
\ Describe each character’s main role, his/her importance
                                    in the novel, what he/she contributed, and how they fit with the theme of the novel.
2.  On the “Ingredients” section,
                                    you will need to provide a brief plot summary.
                                    On the "Recommended Daily Allowance" section, list several characters that we have discussed in class that would relate
                                    to your novel.  Assign a percentage to each character which correlates to the
                                    similarity between them.


Task:  Design and create a CD cover that highlights a major theme of the novel.  


  1.   On
                                        the back of the cover, give a brief explanation of what it represents. (Motifs, allegory, universal issues).
  2.   Come
                                        up with at least six original song titles that demonstrate aspects of the book.
  3.  You will
                                        need to write lyrics for one of the songs.  You may add your own accompaniment,
                                        but that is optional.
  4.  Specify
                                        what type of music will be on the CD. (Rock, Hip hop, Rap)
  5.  Select
                                        a popular song that matches the protagonist’s situation in the story. 

Create a Game

Task: Create a board game that displays famous quotes, characters, the setting, and plot of your novel. 


        Your design should incorporate theme, motif, and symbols from the novel.  For example, the classic game of Monopoly has been redone after The Lord of the Rings, capitalizing on the love story.

        Write clear instructions on how to play the game.

        You must have game pieces and cards.


Be the Teacher

Task: Design four handouts you can use to teach this novel to the class. 


        Each handout/assignment should utilize a different learning style.  Examples include but are not limited to, a journal assignment, a handout that examines a literary technique (simile), a reading assignment, or a media assignment.

        While constructing your assignments, consider the following:

a.       Setting

b.      Characters

c.       Plot

d.      Theme

e.       Literary Techniques

   Note – handouts must be submitted at least one day prior to your presentation to allow time for copying.



All essays should be a minimum of two pages typed using MLA format

  • Select one character from your novel and address the following questions:  What are the life-changing experiences that enable us to see this character “grow up" during the course of the story?  How might this character be changed and does he or she have a more mature understanding of the world around them after their experience? How do you know this character has changed?  Use evidence from the novel to support your answer.
  • Examine the choices made by a character in your novel.  How did those choices either benefit or harm the character.  The paper should be focused on only one character. Remember, this is an examination of personality and decisions and their effect on the story line.  This requires interpretation.
  • Trace the use of a literary technique in the novel.  You are to select one technique and examine it in detail.  Examples include, but are not limited to, foreshadowing, symbolism, allegory, metaphors/similes, and motifs.

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