Alternate Book Report: Mini Sequel Book Report
Instructions to Students
Create a mini sequel/continuation to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
- Book title, author’s name, year published
- A chart of characters similar to a family chart that shows the main and supporting characters and how they are related to each other
- A character summary that provides a well rounded description of the characters in the character chart; it must include a physical description, main traits (are they funny, loyal, selfish), and beliefs of the characters (what’s important to them? What motivates them?)
- A three-page continuation to The Fault in Our Stars that tells the reader what happens to the characters after the end of the book. For example, what happens to Hazel Grace? Does she get a college degree? A job? Fall in love again? What happens to Mrs. Lancaster? How does Isaac adjust to being blind?
Assessment Rubric (15 points total)
|Character Chart||Above Average||(2)||Precise and organized chart of all major and supporting characters; proper use of software to create chart|
|Average||(1)||Satisfactory chart that shows all major and most supporting characters; a few errors in use of software to create chart|
|Below Average||(.5)||Chart is missing some major and supporting characters; frequent errors in use of software|
|Character Summary||Above Average||(3)||Well-developed and in-depth summary that includes all the required elements including physical description, traits and beliefs of the characters.|
|Average||(2)||Satisfactory summary that includes most of the required elements including physical description, traits and beliefs of the characters.|
|Below Average||(1)||Summary lacks understanding of the characters; more than one of the required elements including physical description, traits and beliefs of the characters are missing|
|Structure||Above Average||(4)||Exhibits a clear and focused flow with ease and effectiveness|
|Average||(3)||Exhibits a satisfactory structure but there are minor problems with clarity and flow.|
|Below Average||(2)||Structure lacks clarity and focus; difficulty in setting up flow of ideas|
|Content||Above Average||(4)||Advanced ability to express complicated ideas with ease and effectiveness; exhibits accurate knowledge of the characters, their beliefs and personalities; exhibits creativity and originality|
|Average||(3)||Ability to express ideas in a clear manner; demonstrates basic knowledge of the characters, their beliefs and personalities; exhibits an attempt at creativity and originality|
|Below Average||(2)||Inability to express ideas in a clear manner; lacks basic knowledge of the characters, their beliefs and personalities; Lack of creativity and originality|
|Grammar and Spelling||Above Average||(2)||Proper and advanced use of vocabulary, connectors and phrasing; no errors in spelling|
|Average||(1)||Proper use of grade level vocabulary with minor errors in the use of connectors and phrasing; a few errors in spelling|
|Below Average||(.5)||Below grade level vocabulary with major errors in the use of connectors and phrasing; frequent errors in spelling|
Common Core Standards (Grade 9)
RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Students may have issues with creating a continuation of the characters in the book. It may require a discussion of how to structure fiction versus non-fiction, examples of how to carry out the assignment, and a practice exercise in class with the use of a short story or article.
I was extremely pleased with myself. I had saved yet another unenlightened teen with a golden ticket of wish fulfillment—cancer, from wasting her final wish on a trip to Disneyland. When I first started working as a coordinator at The Genie Foundation, they were ecstatic. I was a living, breathing (with difficulty, but breathing), walking specimen of a young teen diagnosed with cancer who had made it to the exalted twenties. Even better, I had made it to twenty-one the legal drinking age in Indiana. Not that I could drink considering the daily dose of my constant companion and savior drug Phalanxifor. One of the many ironies of living with cancer is that if anyone has a great reason to get falling down drunk, it’s people with cancer, especially if they’ve never had a drink. Unfortunately, the drinking would probably kill you. Another notable side effect of dying, almost anything you do could kill you. And, if it is in anyway remotely interesting, exciting, or taboo, it will most definitely put you six feet under immediately.
But, I digress. Despite, my status as a shining example of the living dead, The Genie Foundation is at the moment not so happy with me, although they would actually never admit to being angry with a former cancer kid now fully blown cancerous adult. As I mentioned, I’ve been busy diverting the young and dying from the long line of terminally visitors to Disneyland. My latest transgression is getting 15-year old Olivia from Davenport, Iowa an all inclusive, exclusive backstage pass to Lana Del Rey’s concert at the Shrine in Los Angeles, CA. Livi is going to get a chance to go onstage with Lana and sing. The idea of young, innocent poster kid for brain tumors Olivia mouthing sexy Lana Del Rey lyrics in front of thousands of people is giving the Genies a planetary size fit. In fact, it’s their brains that are in danger of exploding in spite of their disease free status.
I’m about to hit send on the final email to Livi with all the details when my mom pops her head in, “Hungry?”
“No. I’m going to grab some food with Isaac soon.”
“OK. Need anything else? Mr. and Mrs. Douglas will be here soon with Matt.”
“Nope, all good.” I smile extra big so she gets the message that I’m not going to bite it in the next hour. Reassured, she heads back into her official counselor office and closes the door. She’s been a licensed Patrick for a year now. Dad stopped crying long enough to hire some he-man contractors who added a wall to a corner of the living room and a separate entrance to make a home office for mom to see patients. After my indelicate question about whether she and dad would stay together after I die, she decided to specialize in helping couples stay together who had either lost a child or had a kid with a high probability of expiring.
Fun stuff but back to Livi. I hit send just as Isaac and Gus, his super extra awesome seeing eye dog stepped up to the front door and rang our bell. I grabbed my backpack along with old reliable Philip and met him outside.
“Am I driving or are you?” Isaac asked.
“Have at it. The museum isn’t that far.” He smiled as I unlocked the car doors and Gus led him to the passenger side. It was a rare sunny spring day in Indiana and the Funky Bones sculpture was crawling with kids today. He handed me a cheese sandwich and we sat there not saying anything, letting the sun and laughter wash over us, feeling Augustus all around us without the need for any grand gestures.