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7th Grade Honors Language Arts Summer Assignment

Entering 7th Grade Honors Language Arts Summer Assignment


Read The Boy of the Painted Cave by Justin Denzel and complete the journal reflections as you read. Each reflection is designed to help you reflect about a specific section of the novel. Please stop and write your reflections as you read. Attempting to first read the entire novel and then go back and write the journal reflections will be difficult. Journal reflections may be typed or NEATLY handwritten in ink or pencil. There is no set length for each reflection but each reflection will need to fully answer each question and be supported by evidence from the text.

Journal reflections will be assessed for content, analysis and grammar and writing conventions.  Targets for each reflection are listed above that reflection.  Writing and language targets will include:

  • I can produce clear and coherent writing in which development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (W 7.4)
  • I can draw evidence from a literary text to support my analysis and reflection (W 7.9)
  • I can demonstrate command of standard English grammar and usage when writing. (L 7.1)
  • I can demonstrate command of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (L 7.2)

 You will also take a test over the novel after we have completed our class discussion. Targets for the test will be addressed during class discussion. Both the journal reflections and the test will be major assessments in the first nine weeks.

Journal Entry One: Determining Theme

RL 7.2-I can determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text.

  • Determine the main theme from the novel and discuss why you believe this is the theme.
  • Discuss how this theme develops throughout the text.  Be sure to use specific examples from the story from the story.


Journal Entry Two: Character Analysis

RL7.6-I can analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

  • Choose one of the characters in the novel to this point.  In one word, describe this character. Support this assertion with four pieces of evidence from the text (what he/she says, does, thinks or what others say about him/her).


Journal Reflection Three:  Dialectical Journal                                                                                 RL 7.3 I can analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story develop the plot and/or give information about a character.

For this section, create a dialectical (double-entry) journal.  This means you should keep a list of quotes along with page numbers that speak to you in some way (unexpected, confusing, important, etc.) along the left-hand side of your journal page. Quotes are anything you read, not just dialogue (what the characters say).  Along the right-hand side, write your reactions/thoughts about these lines.  You should have 3-5 well-thought out entries in this section.

Journal Reflection Four: Making Connections

RL7.9 I can compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fictuion use or alter history.

  • This fictional novel is set during a true historical time period.  Using specific quotes from the text, give three examples of where the author strays from true history and three examples of true history used.




This summer assignment is due no later than July 1, 2014.  You may mail a hard copy to:

Georgetown Middle School

Attn: Laura Ayer-Elswick

730 South Hamilton St

Georgetown, KY 40324

Or you may email it laura.elswick@scott.kyschools.us  Please feel free to email questions to the same email address as well.

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