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Independent Reading Assignment

Freshman Pre-AP

Independent Reading Assignment

Assignment Due Dates

 Check Point-Chapters 1-10 - August 29, 2013

Final Due Date - September 20, 2013

Approximate Test Date - September 26, 2013


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

     Ender’s Game Reading Assignment – Part 1:

Keep a reader-response journal as you read in your Communication Portfolio:

  1. Title your entry “Ender’s Game Reader-response Journal”.
  3. Draw a line down the middle of the page (see the example).
  4. Left side: put page number in margin and copy meaningful passages from the book – perhaps a bit of dialogue, a description, or a character's thought(s). REMEMBER: You will have no passages from the first 50 pages of the novel.
  5. Right side: write your response to the quotation – Why did you choose it? Did it puzzle or confuse you? Remind you of something? What does it mean to you?


  1. If you choose to comment on a personal experience, be sure to connect it to what is happening in the story at that point so I see your reaction to and understanding of the novel.
  2. REALIZE: these entries are NOT a summary or paraphrasing of your reading – it is your RESPONSE to the passage.  Journals that only summarize the story will be unacceptable.
  3. A good, thoughtful, developed response is no less than 5 sentences. Seriously, I count sentences!


Example of a reader-response journal entry (this is not from Ender’s Game):

Passage                                                                                Response

"Charles Halloway suppressed a sudden urge             I feel kind of sad for Will’s dad.  He

to run with them, make the pack. He knew                  wants to be a kid still, but he’s gotten

what the wind was doing to them, where it was             too old.  The “secret places” makes me

taking them, to all the secret places that were              think of the shed at my grand parents’

never so secret again in life.” P.17                               farm where my cousins and I used to

                                                                                play, but don’t go any more because we’re too

                                                                                big.  Is that how Charles feels?  I hope his character

                                                                                gets to be part of the adventure, or I’m going to be

                                                                                pretty upset.


  • Your journal for the novel should have at least 10 responses from throughout the book, so pace yourself!  Remember, I would rather have ten done well than more that did not follow these instructions, so make these QUALITY responses. 
  • Do not wait until you finish the novel to write your responses. The responses should reflect what you are thinking as you read the novel, not what you think when you are finished, so try to stop at the ends of chapters to go back and write. That’ll help you keep up with what’s happening but still allow you to share what you are thinking as you go.


Ender’s Game Reading Assignment – Part 2:

1. The character Graff says to Ender, “Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive.”  Argue for or against Graff’s statement.
     Use ATNOR and 3.5 format to develop your answer.


You will be tested over Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The test will require quoted textual evidence, and you will be able to use your journal entry to help you. Thematic/theme statements must be written in your book/journal entry. You cannot share a book with another student; you must have your own book and journal entry!

In addition to taking the test, you will be asked to discuss, analyze and complete various assignments pertaining to Ender’s Game during class discussions.


You are required to read the assigned work carefully, thoughtfully, and entirely by the assigned due date. Plagiarism, whether from commercially prepared notes, the Internet, or another student's work, falls under the heading of cheating.  Cheating will result in a zero on the assignment and notification of parents.  And yes, even if you change the wording of the material you obtain, it is still plagiarism. I will clearly state if an assignment requires outside research. Otherwise, the work assigned in this class should be your honest and diligent response to the text(s).



Some ideas for this assignment were adapted from teachers from Denton, Guyer and Ryan High Schools.









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