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     “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 
    ― Stephen King

    After school help:  Tuesday, December 18

    Second marking period independent reading assignment:

    1. Ten fiction signposts will be due throughout the marking period.  The first three were due by Friday, December 7.  Second three are due January 4.
    2. Book report will be a literary analysis on the characteristics of the protagonist and antagonist.  Due January 18.
    This week:

    Students will finish  reading the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson.  In his Napra Nautilus Award-winning novel, Mikaelson delivers a poignant coming-of-age stroy of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life.      

    After severely injuring Peter Driscal in an empty parking lot, mischief-maker Cole Matthews is in major trouble. But instead of jail time, Cole is given another option: attend Circle Justice, an alternative program that sends juvenile offenders to a remote Alaskan Island to focus on changing their ways. Desperate to avoid prison, Cole fakes humility and agrees to go.

    While there, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and left for dead. Thoughts of his abusive parents, helpless Peter, and his own anger cause him to examine his actions seek redemption—from the spirit bear that attacked him, from his victims, and from himself.


    Students will be writing a character analysis on the protagonist, Cole Matthews, from the novel Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson.  They will also work on a project based learning assignment which will be used as a test grade.

      Scholastic Book Orders

    Next order will be in January

    To place online orders use class code: FPDMC 

      Want to see what you missed or what is happening in class?


        Please feel free to contact me - jdparlow@jacksonsd.org 

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