Welcome to English 12



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  • Share your novel in reading circles

Welcome to English 12

  • This semester you will create a PowerPoint presentation of one of the novels you have read during the summer. You will work with 2 or 3 other classmates to form a reading circle. Each group will discuss the plot, character, and theme and collaborate in creating a multimedia presentation to the class. You may choose any genre of writing to represent your novel. I hope you enjoy this activity.
  • Mrs. Gamble
  • Reading Circles
  • Your circle will discuss the plot, character, and theme of one of these novels.
  • 1984
  • Siddhartha
  • How the Garcia
  • Girls Lost Their Accent
  • Night
  • Choose group (3-4 members/group)
  • Select a novel
  • Discuss plot, character, and theme
  • Record a daily report of discussion
  • Choose one element to create two
  • slides for a group PowerPoint presentation
  • Include a title page and table of contents
  • Procedures for your Reading Circle:

Possible Genres to describe Plot, Character, & Theme

  • Letter
  • Recipe
  • Interview
  • Obituary
  • Acrostic
  • Poem
  • Menu
  • Ad
  • Travel Brochure
  • Map
  • Crossword
  • Puzzle
  • Greeting
  • Card
  • Movie
  • Poster
  • Newspaper
  • Article
  • Eulogy
  • Essay
  • Examples

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

  • Dear Diary,
  • Today Mami and Papi decided
  • that we four sisters should go
  • the Island for the summer.
  • They don’t want us to lose
  • touch with la familia, but the
  • hidden agenda is marriage to
  • homeland boys. Everybody
  • knows that once a girl marries an
  • American, those grandbabies come
  • out jabbering in English and
  • thinking of the Island as a place to
  • go get a suntan. We don’t mind a
  • couple of weeks, but a whole
  • summer? (P. 109)
  • (Diary entry)
  • (Map)

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

  • To Mick
  • On your 14th
  • Birthday, We
  • Know your
  • Party will be
  • Fun for you
  • & all Of your
  • friends.
  • Love,
  • Mom &
  • Dad
  • June 17, 1950
  • (Greeting card)

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU

  • Ministry of Truth releases
  • New Party slogan
  • WAR IS PEACE
  • FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
  • IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
  • Chocolate ration increased to 20g/week
  • News Flash
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 1 Slide with title, name of novel, author,graphic of book, first names of group members
  • 1 Slide for Table of Contents
  • 6 Slides of plot, character, and theme
  • (2 slides each)
  • 1 Slide for sources (if applicable)
  • Presentation to class
  • Daily report for each group discussion
  • Final Product

“There is no frigate like a book.” Emily Dickinson

  • New Century Technology High School
  • English 12
  • Jeanne Gamble


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