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My name is Dustin Crawford, and it is a pleasure to have your student in my class. I am looking forward to a great year together! Teaching is a deep passion of mine, and I consider it a privilege to be able to do what I love. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Biblical Studies from Arlington Baptist University. I am truly blessed to be able to teach your child in this wonderful community in which we call home. I strive to provide a positive and safe learning environment for your child in which they can call their own. I welcome your student to my class as we begin our never-ending journey of learning together!

 

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7th Grade Advanced English Summer Project (2020-21)

The Giver  Summer Project (7th grade Advanced)

 

Welcome to 7th Grade advanced English at Elkhart Middle School! My name is Mr. Crawford, and I will be your instructor for this class. I am looking forward to all of you this next school year! Please know that this project is separate from the advanced reading project. You must complete both projects to be in advanced reading and English. 

First and foremost, you must read The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book can be found in multiple places. You can either contact the middle school via phone, or you can email me at dcrawford@elkhartisd.org and I will help get you a copy from the school. In addition, the entire book is also read chapter by chapter on YouTube. You can find multiple people who do this. One that I have noticed is called Mrs. Dunn Reads. Since this is also such a great book, you might wish to buy it and it to your collection. 

For this advanced English project, you will have the choice of one of the four following projects. You will do your project by yourselves and each of the projects are worth the same amount of points. You may get creative with these, but I will not be grading nonsense.

 

Option one: Write an alternative ending.

The Giver leaves the reader with a rather ambiguous ending. If you choose option one, you can write what would happen next or an alternative ending to the story. For this project, your paper must be two double-spaced pages (either written or typed). Your version must make sense with the story and be free from spelling and grammatical errors.

 

Relates to the story ____/5

At least 2 double-spaced pages ____/5

Creative and well thought out ____/5

Free from spelling and grammatical errors ____/10

Total: ____/25

 

Option two: Create a comic strip.

For this option you will take an important event from the novel and turn it into a comic strip. You will need to have captions and a colored drawing for at least 6 panels. You can use direct quotes from the book and your own words. Although your artistic skill will not be figured into the grade, your effort and neatness will.

 

Relates to the story ____/5

At least 6 panels with captions ____/5

Creative and well thought out ____/5

Free some spelling and grammatical errors ____/5

Neat and colorful ____/5

Total: ____/25

 

Option 3: Write a memory.

Much if the story of The Giver revolves around the ideas of memories. For this option you will be writing a detailed memory. You will write a creative piece sharing a very specific memory or a “snapshot” of your life. For this project, your paper must be two double-spaced pages (either written or typed and be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Possible memories include a family event, childhood memory, travel story, important people story, etc. All topics must be school appropriate.

Focuses on one specific memory ____/5

At least 2 double-spaced pages ____/5

Creative and well thought out ____/5

Free some spelling and grammatical errors ____/10

Total: ____/25

 

 

Option 4: Create a brochure.

Assuming Jonas survived and escaped to “Elsewhere,” create a brochure to the people still in Jonas’s world encouraging them to come with you. Make sure to cover things such as how families are set up, what daily life is like (jobs, school, etc.), how law and order is kept (government), and what sort of recreation is available for your new community. For each of those four categories, you need two to four sentences about them, and at least two pictures on your brochure.

Includes 2 or more colored pictures ____/5

Includes 2-4 sentences about each category ___/10

Free some spelling and grammatical errors ____/5

Neat and colorful ____/5

Total: ____/25

Home Learning Agenda- Week 1

Dustin Crawford                  Week 1 Home Learning         7th Grade English

 

  • Think of this as an “I Survived” book. You will be keeping a journal to document this historic event!  This is NOT a fictional assignment. You are recording your thoughts and feelings during this COVID-19 quarantine. Think of it as a personal memoir. 
  • This is YOUR journal, so share what you feel! Be as detailed as you can (feelings, dialogue, things you notice). You are the author of your own story and you want the reader to feel as though they are a part of it! Don’t feel limited to just words- you can also draw, doodle, record yourself, or create a video to document a day in the life of YOU!
  • All of your journals will be written on standard notebook paper.
  • Please use the writing style that I have taught you. Write in multiple paragraphs, and be sure to indent.
  • Please use a separate sheet of notebook paper for each journal chapter.
  • Each prompt should be a minimum of eight sentences. 
  • Each prompt can be considered a new chapter.

 

 

Chapter Prompts: Here are some questions to guide you while you write each chapter. You do not have to follow these questions exactly or answer all of them. Rather, it is a guide to get you thinking about the topic. Also, feel free to add/answer your own questions in each chapter.

 

Ch. 1: When I First Heard About the Coronavirus

           

  • When did you first hear about the coronavirus? 
  • What was your reaction when you first heard about it? 
  • Did anything change in your daily routine after first hearing about it?
  • What did your parents, teachers, friends say about the coronavirus?

 

Ch. 2: When I Found Out School Was Closed

 

  • When did you find out school was closed and that you would be learning from home?
  • What was your reaction to this news?
  • How did you feel? Uncertain? Confused? Excited?

 

 

Dustin Crawford                  Week 2 Home Learning          7th Grade English

 

This week you will be doing the prompts over chapters 3 & 4. Please follow the same guidelines and instructions from the previous week. 

 

Chapter Prompts: Here are some questions to guide you while you write each chapter. You do not have to follow these questions exactly or answer all of them. Rather, it is a guide to get you thinking about the topic. Also, feel free to add/answer your own questions in each chapter.

Ch. 3: First School Day At Home

  • How was your first school day at home?
  • What did you do?
  • Do you like learning at home? 
  • What are some pros and cons of learning at home?
  • What are the benefits or advantages/disadvantages of learning at home?
  • Write about your choice of online vs. paper packet.

Ch. 4: Community

  • What is open in your neighborhood/city? What is closed?
  • What are some items that your family needs that may not be immediately available to purchase?
  • What does your neighborhood look like? Are people walking around more?
  • From people you’ve seen (parents, friends, neighbors), what is their morale? Do they seem irritated? Sad? Excited? Confused? Pessimistic? Optimistic? Etc….
 
 

Dustin Crawford                  Week 3 Home Learning                           7th Grade English

 

  • Please realize that you CAN turn this assignment in online as well. If you want to turn it in online, please type up your answers in a word document and email to me as an attached file. My email is dcrawford@elkhartisd.org

 

Chapter Prompts: Here are some questions to guide you while you write each chapter. You do not have to follow these questions exactly or answer all of them. Rather, it is a guide to get you thinking about the topic. Also, feel free to add/answer your own questions in each chapter.

Ch. 5: Feelings

  • Go into depth about your own feelings regarding this current situation.
  • Do you miss going to school?
  • What are you hoping/praying for regarding this pandemic?
  • How is your family affected by this pandemic? 
  • What have you learned about yourself, your parents, siblings, etc...while you have been at home?

Chapter 6: Predictions

  • How long do you think this pandemic will last?
  • Is there anything that we could have done to prevent this pandemic?
  • Tell me if you felt that the U.S. was prepared for this pandemic.
  • Tell me some lasting effects that the virus will have on our society.
  • Will we do anything differently going forward when it comes to deadly diseases?
 

Dustin Crawford        Week 4 Home Learning          7th Grade English

 

Chapter Prompts: Here are some questions to guide you while you write each chapter.  I want ALL of these points answered. Remember, the chapter must be a minimum of 8 sentences!

Chapter 7- The Final Chapter

  • Do you think that we have overreacted to the COVID-19 situation? Explain whether you think we have or have not.
  • Once all social distancing has been lifted, what will be the first thing that you will want to do?
  • Explain in detail what you miss most during this pandemic.
  • What has been the biggest positive and negative impact on your life due to this situation?
  • Some people have stated that this virus has made us step back into the past when things were simpler. For example, children are playing outside, people are taking walks in the evenings, exercise is occurring. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?