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Homage to Great Writers

Book Project

Each student must read a Multicultural book of choice.  Due APRIL 27, 2012.

  1. Each student must write a review of the book based on the types of reviews found on credible sites, such as The Sun, New York. POST IT ON YOUR BLOG! Here is an example of a Book Review you could use for inspiration:

Book review

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999)

This is one of those books that is both funny and sad at the same time.

Bud is growing up in hard times. America during the Depression, in the 1930's, is a country struggling with poverty and hunger. Unemployment is high, and the few jobs that are available don't go to black people.

Bud lives in the orphanage since his mother died. It isn't a treat or relief when he is sent to live with a foster family, but anyway, it doesn't last long:

... I had to get out of this neighborhood as quick as I could.
I knew a nervous-looking, stung-up kid with blood dripping from a fish-head bite and carrying a old raggedy suitcase didn't look like he belonged around here.

Too right. The trouble is, Bud doesn't really belong anywhere. Bud doesn't know anything about his father, except for the clue which his mother left him. He has a flyer for a jazz band: Herman E Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!

It's funny how ideas are, in a lot of ways they're just like seeds. Both of them start real, real small and then ... woop, zoop, sloop ... before you could say Jack Robinson they've gone and grown a lot bigger than you ever thought they could.

Bud decides to look for Herman E Calloway.

But America in the Depression is full of down-and-outs all trying to get somewhere in search of work and a full belly. It's dangerous for a young black boy to be out on the road alone. And if he does mistake the odd good Samaritan along the way for a human vampire - well, that's because he's still only ten years old.

Want to know if Bud finds Herman E Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression? You'll have to read the book.

I loved this story. Highly recommended.



Book Project Choices

  • 2. Choose ONE of these projects below to supplement your blog post.

    • Interview a character from your book. Write at least ten questions that will give the character the opportunity to discuss his/her thoughts and feelings about his/her role in the story. However you choose to present your interview is up to you.
    • Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
    • Dress as one of the characters and act out a characterization showing how the character matured throughout the book.
    •  Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
    • Write a letter (10-sentence minimum) to the main character of your book asking questions, protesting a situation, and/or making a complaint and/or a suggestion. This must be done in the correct letter format.
    • Write a FULL (physical, emotional, relational) description of three of the characters in the book. Draw a portrait to accompany each description. .
    • Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and a collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story.
    • Make a mini-book about the story.   It should be a summarization of the main ideas, themes and points.
    • Do character mapping, showing how characters reacted to events and changed.
    • Make two lists of character traits each main person from the book has at the beginning and at the end of the book.
    • Write about one of the character's life twenty years from now. What have they done since the book took place? How have the changed? How have they stayed the same?
    • Write a scene that has been lost from the book. Write an analysis at the end explaining how this scene adds to the book.
    • Rewrite the story for younger children in picture book form.

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