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Letter Explanation to Parents, Guardians, and Students for Semester Exam Book & Speech Project

November 9, 2015


Parent(s)/Guardian(s):


This letter is to inform you that our class will be completing an assignment in which the students will read a contemporary health-related fiction or non fiction novel in connection to the topics related to health.  Students will type a one to two page book summary, design an outline, and prepare a two minute speech on the health related topic in the book.  The students will be allowed to choose any novel listed on the 8th grade Health Book List.  There is an additional list of books recommended for grades 9 and up.  This advanced  list was created because some of the material will be adult in nature, but valid in the overall message it is presenting on the.  Books on both lists have been approved by the School Library Journal and are currently in our media center.  I realize that you may not be comfortable with some of the content in these novels.  So, I am asking for your help.  I ask that you look over the choice your student is making and work together with your student to make sure it is the appropriate choice for him/her and your family.  I do encourage you to read the book as well; it would make for great conversation with your student.  Again the list of books on the grade 8 list are considered “SAFE” books for 8th graders.  If you have a suggestion to add to the list, or another possible alternative for your student, please let me know.  Thank you for your help in this matter, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at jill.schar@riversideschools.net.


Book lists, grading rubrics, and detailed instructions can be found on my teacher web page and also on the online google classroom. http://www.riversidelocalschools.com/ScharJill.aspx

Students will need to bring their book selection to class on November 16 (Monday).  Students will be given class time on Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24 prior to Thanksgiving break to work on this project.  Students will need books and chrome books to make effective use of their time to read and research.  Additional class time will be given on December 7 and 8.


THIS PROJECT WILL COUNT AS YOUR STUDENT’S SEMESTER EXAM FOR PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLASS.  SPEECHES WILL BEGIN ON DEC. 14.  

Sincerely,


Jill Schar

Health and Physical Education


(Please return the bottom portion of this paper)

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Student’s Name:  __________________________________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian’s Name: ____________________________ email or phone number:  ___________________


Student Book Selection:_____________________________________________________________________


Student Speech Topic:_______________________________________________________________________


Please read and sign:

Together, my student and I have chosen the novel listed above.  I feel the content is acceptable for their reading and maturity level.  


_________________________________________

Parent Signature

Please return this form by November 13, 2015.






Physical Health and Wellness Semester Book Project


Books in Riverside Media Center

This list contains books for 8th grade  students.


Because I am Furniture By: Thalia Chaltas

The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.


Lock and Key By: Sarah Dessen

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora's new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

Fat kid rules the world By: K.L. Going

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly three hundred pounds, gets a new perspective on life when Curt, a semi-homeless teen who is a genius on guitar, asks Troy to be the drummer in a rock band.


The Orange Houses By: Paul Griffin

Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his antipsychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devastating results.


Crank By: Ellen Hopkins

Kristina Georgia Snow's life is turned upside-down when she visits her absentee father, gets turned on to the drug "crank", becomes addicted, and is led down a desperate path that threatens her mind, soul, and her life.


Good night, Mr. Tom By: Michelle Magorian

A battered child learns to embrace life when he is adopted by an old man in the English countryside during World War II.


Freaky green eyes By: Joyce Carol Oates

Fourteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the year leading up to her mother's mysterious disappearance and her own struggle to discover and accept the truth about her parents' relationship.

Crackback By: John Coy

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.



Forged by Fire By: Sharon Draper

Gerald, a teenager who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, must face the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.


Going Bovine By: Libba Bray

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old diagnosed with mad cow disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.


Marcelo in the Real World By: Francisco Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.


Cut By: Patricia McCormick

While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.


Or Give Me Death - A Novel of Patrick Henry’s Family By: Ann Rinaldi

With their father away most of the time advocating independence for the American colonies, the children of Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family plantation, and care for their mentally ill mother.


Gym Candy By: Carl Deuker

Mick Johnson works hard for a placement on the varsity team during his freshman year, and decides to use steroids in order to hold onto his edge, despite the consequences to his health and social life.


Deadly By: Julie Chibbaro

Sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski takes a job in the early 1900s as assistant to the head epidemiologist at New York's Department of Health and Sanitation, who is trying to discover how a seemingly healthy woman can be spreading typhoid fever.


Tangerine By: Edward Bloor

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.


The Last Summer of the Death Warriors By: Francisco Stork

Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.





After Ever After By: Jordan Sonnenblick

Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.


Scrawl By: Mark Shulman

When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty--staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counselor--reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden.


Almost a hero By: John Neufeld

When Ben's social-studies teacher assigns her class to spend spring break volunteering at a charitable organization, Ben chooses a day-care facility for homeless children--and throws himself into his work. When he reports what appears to be the physical abuse of one of his charges, Ben runs headlong into a system that seems bound not to do what's right.


A Ring of Endless Light By: Madeleine L’Engle

During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research.


The Specter By: Joan Lowery Nixon

A seventeen-year-old orphan with Hodgkin's disease becomes very involved with her new hospital roommate, a nine year-old girl who insists that the man who killed her father is trying to kill her.


Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am By: Harry Mazer

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his brother who has autism.


Detour for Emmy By: Marilyn Reynolds

This novel tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who must face the consequences of becoming pregnant.


Willow By: Julia Hoban

Sixteen-year-old Willow, who was driving the car that killed both of her parents, copes with the pain and guilt by cutting herself, until she meets a smart and sensitive boy who is determined to help her stop.


Teens with AIDS speak out By: Mary Kittredge

Teenagers with AIDS describe how they became infected and what it is like to live with the disease.


Out of my mind By: Sharon Draper

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Th1rteen R3asons Why By: Jay Asher

High school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.


It Happened to Nancy By: Beatrice Sparks, Ph.D

Presents a true story written by an anonymous fourteen-year-old teenage who reveals how she fell for a handsome college student who raped her and infected her with the HIV virus.


The Silent Boy By: Lois Lowry

Young Katy Thatcher, the daughter of the town doctor, becomes friends with Jacob, a teenager who is "touched in the head," which allows her to understand what really happened when the unwanted infant of Jacob's sister is found dead.


A Mango Shaped Space By: Wendy Mass

Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the death of her beloved cat, Mango.


Speak By: Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.


Wintergirls By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.


The First Part Last By:Angela Johnson

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.


Chandra’s Secret By: Allan Stratton

Chanda Kabelo, a sixteen-year-old in a small South African town, faces down shame and stigma in her efforts to help friends and family members who are dying of AIDS.


Garden of Angels By: Lurlene McDaniel

Fourteen-year-old Darcy's life undergoes a drastic change when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer in 1974 and is unable to help Darcy deal with the teenage struggles of starting high school, falling in love, and worrying about the Vietnam War.


After the Rain By: Norma Mazer

Rachel has one last chance to understand her dying grandfather and she learns about herself in the process.

Physical Health and Wellness Semester Book Project

Books in Riverside Media Center

**Books on this list are recommended for grades 9 and up**


The Death of Jayson Porter By: Jamie Adoff

Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominantly white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there’s only one thing Jayson feels he has control over—the choice of whether to live or die.


Keesha’s  House By: Helen Frost

Seven teens facing such problems as pregnancy, closeted homosexuality, and abuse each describe in poetic forms what caused them to leave home and where they found home again.


Ellen Foster By: Kaye Gibbons

Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.


Go Ask Alice By: Anonymous

Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.


Break By: Hannah Moskowitz

To relieve the pressures of caring for a brother with life-threatening food allergies, another who is a fussy baby, and parents who are at odds with one other, seventeen-year-old Jonah sets out to break every bone in his body in hopes of becoming stronger.


17: a novel in prose poems By: Liz Rosenberg

Seventeen-year-old Stephanie journeys from fall to spring and from childhood to womanhood as she experiences first love and deals with her fear of inheriting her mother's mental illness.


Ana’s Story: a journey of hope By: Jenna Bush

Jenna Bush presents a nonfiction account of Ana, a young Latin American mother, who shared with Bush the loss of her parents to AIDS, abuse from her grandmother and aunt, and of her own battle with AIDS.


Rooftop By: Paul Volponi

Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.


Please Stop Laughing at Me By: Jodee Blanco

The author, a victim of bullying, provides an account of her miserable school career, telling how her experiences as an outcast affected her life, and sharing her perspective on the events as an adult.


Please Stop Laughing at Us By: Jodee Blanco

The author reflects on her experiences being bullied in school; and discusses ways parents, teachers, and students can prevent bullying. Includes frequently asked questions, a glossary of terms, and emails to the author.


Autobiography of a Face By: Lucy Grealy

A memoir in which award-winning poet Lucy Grealy recalls her experiences with a potentially terminal cancer that required she have a third of her jaw removed when she was nine years old, and discusses the suffering she endured as she was growing up from classmates, strangers, and other people because of her looks.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By: Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.  


The Fault in our Stars By: John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.


Twisted By: Laurie Halse Anderson

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.


Dreamland By: Sarah Dessen

After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.


RUBRICS FOR SEMESTER EXAM PROJECT- BOOK SUMMARY, OUTLINE, SPEECH

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SEMESTER EXAM:


  1. You are to pick a book from the list(s) provided OR  get approval for a book from Mrs. Schar, Mrs. Wade, or Mr. Schmidt.

  2. Return your book permission slip by Nov.13th.

  3. You are to read the book and type a one-two page summary of book.  

  4. You will also need to prepare a typed outline of the health topic discussed in the book.

  5. You will present a 2 minute informative speech on the health topic.


***All projects will be_DUE  DECEMBER 14th.

***Projects are  worth 200 pts.

***AND WILL COUNT AS YOUR SEMESTER EXAM GRADE!!!.


Task:  You are to choose a book that deals with a health topic, read the book, and then complete two papers.  Please see your Health Teacher, Mrs. Wade, or Mr. Schmidt before starting the book.  


What does your teacher expect for your final project?

  • 2 Papers--  (12 point font and double spaced)

    • Paper 1:  Summary of the book

      • 1-2 page Summary of the book

    • Paper 2:  Outline on Health Topic discussed in book

      • You must use a minimum of 3 credible references and then cite the references used on a reference page at the end of your outline

      • Your outline must have the required format (a sample is provided)

  • Informative Speech

    • You are to prepare an informative speech, and present your speech to the class.  Speeches will begin on Dec. 14th .  Your book summary and outline will be submitted to the teacher on the day you present before your speech.


Grading:

  • Summary of the Book—50  points

  • Outline--  75 points

  • Speech—75  points

    • TOTAL – 200 POINTS



INFORMATIVE SPEECH EVALUATION RUBRIC


Name: _________________      Date: ___________   Topic: ______________________


Length of Speech: _________     Total Points Earned: _________ /75pts


Organization: There is a clear and central idea supported well by the main points.  There is an intelligible structure utilizing smooth transitions.  The introduction and conclusion are effective in providing a direction and unity to the speech.


Poor

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Satisfactory

  9           10

Good

   11           12

Excellent

13       14

Outstanding

15







Content: The information is reasonable, relevant, and sufficient.  


Poor

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Satisfactory

  9           10

Good

   11           12

Excellent

13       14

Outstanding

15







Language: The language is accurate,  and well-suited to the topic, speaker, and audience.


Poor

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Satisfactory

  9           10

Good

   11           12

Excellent

13       14

Outstanding

15







Communication: The speaker is audible, articulate, and direct with the audience.  The speaker appears interested and sincere.  The speech is within the stated time limits.  The speaker maintains a firm stance and good eye contact. The talk is engaging, making effective use of visual materials if appropriate and exhibiting a high presentation value.


Poor

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Satisfactory

  9           10

Good

   11           12

Excellent

13       14

Outstanding

15







Research: The speaker correctly cites his sources in his speech.  The material covered conveys a command of the content and demonstrates adequate research and preparation.   


Poor

1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Satisfactory

  9           10

Good

   11           12

Excellent

13       14

Outstanding

15







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SPEECH GRADE  _____________/75

OUTLINE GRADE           _____________/75

BOOK SUMMARY          _____________/50


___________TOTAL POINTS EARNED/ 200                ______%

BOOK REPORT AND OUTLINE

TOTAL POINTS EARNED________________/125 PTS POSSIBLE


          OUTLINE RUBRIC         

POINTS



OUTLINE FORMAT

has not followed outline format

has followed some of outline format

has followed outline format

has followed outline format and shows evidence of knowing how to add point to outline

____/20

DETAILS

has no details

has few details

has many details

has many details and elaborates on them

____/10

ORDER

has no order

has little order

has a lot of order

has a lot of order and flows well

____/10

INFORMATION

has left out much information

has left out some information

is informative

Very informative and has added other relevant information

____/25

Works Cited

Does not have a works cited

Does not have 3 different resources used

Has met requirement of 3 reliable resources

Has exceeded requirement of 3 credible resources

___/

10

 

 

 

 

TOTAL---->

____/75


BOOK REPORT RUBRIC

POINTS

10          9  

8         7

6

5  4  3  2  1

Ideas / Plot


/10 PTS

The plot/writing is clear, focused and easy to follow.

The plot/writing is somewhat hard to follow.

The plot/writing is difficult to identify.

Writing is confused and the plot not present.

Details & Content


/10 PTS

Details are sufficient.

Some details provided.

Inadequate amount of details.

Little to no details

Organization/

Structure


/10 PTS

Sentences and paragraphs are clear and well structured.

Structure may be present, but order and writing are unclear.

Lacking sufficient structure or transitions in sentences and/or paragraphs.

Lacks structure and transitions.

Word choice


/10 PTS

Accurate, specific, powerful words are used.

Adequate use of word choice.

Inadequate use of word choice.

Little attempt to choose words wisely.

Spelling


/10 PTS

There are no spelling errors.

There is one spelling error.

There are two to three spelling errors.

Four or more errors.


TOTAL---->

____/50


OUTLINE SAMPLE

Topic: Cancer

INTRODUCTION

Attention Getter: More than 1/2 million people are expected to die of cancer this year. That's more than 1,500 a day. An average of 1/2 of men and 1/3 of women will develop cancer.

Purpose: To inform my audience about cancer.

Importance to Audience: Cancer can affect anyone, so you can gain something from this speech by being informed about cancer, and how to prevent it

Thesis Statement: Cancer is a serious disease that may be preventable and curable.

Preview: I will discuss what cancer is, ways to prevent cancer growth, and the different types of treatment for cancer.(Transition: To start off, I will explain what cancer is.)

BODY

I.   First Main Point: Cancer is a condition of uncontrolled growth of abnormal  cells.

      A. Subpoint: Normal cells usually grow and divide to replace old or dead cells.

      B. Subpoint: Cancer cells continue to grow and divide.

           1. Cancer cells accumulate in one place.

           2. The accumulated cells form tumors.

           3. Tumors destroy body cells.

      C. Subpoint: 2 types of tumors

           1. Malignant

           2. Benign

      D. Subpoint: Cancers are classified according to the body part in which it originates.  `

                           Example: If there is cancer growth in your prostate and it spreads to another  part of your body, it would be classified as prostate cancer. Although the cancer has spread to another part of your body, it only counts where the cancer originated. (Transition: Next, I will talk about ways to prevent cancers from forming.)

 

II. Second Main Point: A person can take different measures to lower his/her chances of developing cancer.

     A. Subpoint: Lifestyles can affect the chances of future cancer development.

          1. Smoking/Drinking (1/3)

          2. Be active and maintain healthy weight.

          3. Eat healthy avoid fat foods (animal products) and eat plant

              sources (fruits, vegetables) (1/3)(Transition: Finally I will discuss the treatments for cancer.)


III. Third Main Point: There are various treatments for cancer.

     A. Subpoint: Surgery

          1. Oldest form of treatment.

          2. Offers greatest chance for cure.

          3. 60% cancer patients receive surgery/operation.

    B. Subpoint: Radiation therapy high energy particles

    C. Subpoint: Chemotherapy use of drugs. Effective because the drugs go into your bloodstream which

                         circulates throughout your body.(Transition: In conclusion,)

CONCLUSION

Summary Statement: Cancer is a condition of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that evolve into tumors. Fatty foods, smoking, and drinking all affect the chances of developing cancer. Treatments for cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Concluding Remarks: Anyone can become a victim of cancer but we can decrease our chances of getting cancer by being more informed on the disease and how to prevent it.
 

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