Book of the Month Response for April Altruism Book of the Month



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Book of the Month Response for April - Altruism
Book of the Month: Is There Really A Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis (2006)

Film of the Month: “Free Willy” starring Jason James Richter (1993)

Ethical Character Trait of the Month – Altruism
Altruism is when you have an unselfish interest in helping others. It could be helping other people or helping others that cannot speak for themselves, like animals and the environment.
Task:

You will be writing a response to the Book and the Film of the Month. You will follow the guidelines of the writing to discuss the author’s message in both the book and the film, while connecting this message to the ethical character trait of altruism and your own life.


Question:

What was the author and director’s message of the book and the film of the month? What parts of the book and the film help illustrate this message? How can we apply this message to our daily lives?

Remember to:


  • Follow the outline when writing your expository essay.

  • Use your graphic organizer, notes, and altruism activities when drafting your essay.

  • Underline the titles of books and use quotations for titles of movies.

  • Use the rubric as a guide when drafting your essay.


Outline for the Book of the Month Response - April
Paragraph 1: Introduction

  • Introduce the character trait of the month – Altruism

  • Include your thesis: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Genre, title, author, and illustrator of the Book of the Month

  • Genre, title and main actors of the Film of the Month


Paragraph 2: Summary of the book and the author’s message.

  • Be sure to include details and a direct quote from the text.



Paragraph 3: Summary of the film and how the character(s) show altruism.

  • Be sure to include details, characters’ names, and specific scenes that show altruism.



Paragraph 4: Chose an inspirational quote from the book of the month and explain how you have or could apply this messages to your own life.

Examples include:

  • Take what’s inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can’t speak for themselves, use bold voices. “

  • Make friends and love well, bring art to this place. And make the world better for the whole human race!”


Paragraph 5: Conclusion:

  • Discuss the importance of displaying altruism and the positive affects it has on people and the world.

  • Use a quote to make your conclusion memorable.

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Altruism is the personal character trait of being helpful when it does not benefit you in any way. For example, there is no reward, no recognition promised, just the kindness of your own heart.
Do Now:

In the space below, draw a picture of yourself now or in the future, doing something that would help the whole human race.

Video Clip: (3 minutes)

Write down any comments you may have about the video.
After Reading: Is There Really A Human Race? By Jamie Lee Curtis
Take what’s inside you and make big, bold choices. And for those who can’t speak for themselves, use bold voices. And make friends and love well, bring art to this place. And make the world better for the whole human race!”

Making a connection to your own life:
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Making a connection to another book or a film:
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Making a connection to the world:
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Character_List_for_“Free_Willy”_starring_Jason_James_Richter'>Name: _________________________________________

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Character List for “Free Willy” starring Jason James Richter
Character’s Name: Brief Description:

During Film Activity:

Complete the chart, writing down notes about characters that display altruism and how they show this character trait:


Character

Description of Altruism Shown



























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