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Grade 9 Summer Reading Assignment

Directions - Choose one of the books listed below and complete one page of two-column notes per indicated section.  (Total:  4 pages of notes)

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

1.      Chapters 1-8

2.      Chapters 9-16

3.      Chapters 17-23

4.      Chapters 24-31

The Color of Water by James McBride

1.      Chapter 1-8

2.      Chapters 9-13

3.      Chapters 14-19

4.      Chapters 20-Epilogue

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

1.      Book 1, Chapters 1-7

2.      Book 1, Chapters 8-12

3.      Book 2, Chapters 1-5

4.      Book 2, Chapters 6-10

Use this Partial Model of two-column notes to help format your notes.  See front side for specific content details for notes.  Notes in the model below are taken from The Hobbit.

Characterization and Character Development

-Character development: Bilbo becomes a leader in the group, offers to use ring to go trick Smaug (221)

-Dwarves now respect him

-More Took than Baggins now

Conflict (Internal and External)

·Internal conflict: Bilbo finds Arkenstone and decides to keep it (238)

-Feels guilty for lying to Thorin but thinks it’s fair to keep it as his 1/14 share of treasure.

-Knows it will cause a problem later

·External conflict:  Bard and Elvenking try to make peace with Thorin (266)

-Thorin refuses to give up the mountain

-Bard and Elvenking besiege Lonely Mountain

Significant Quotations with Explanation

“No dragon can resist the fascination of riddling talk and of wasting time trying to understand it. There was a lot here which Smaug did not understand at all…but he thought he understood enough, and chuckled in his wicked inside” (223).

-Narrator giving information about dragons while he and Bilbo are exchanging riddles

-Tells the reader how Bilbo will be able to trick Smaug

-Dragons, hobbits, and Gollum all like riddles—this is how Bilbo keeps escaping bad situations