Alternate Book Report – American Born Chinese

(Posted by CK)

Since this was a graphic novel, I felt that the Alternate Book Report should involve a fair bit of writing.  However, it doesn’t have to be traditional boring-old-book-report style…

Talk Show Interview Book Report

Instructions to Students:

Create a script of a Talk Show interview with a character from American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Then, with a partner, perform the Talk Show for the class.

You must:

  • Select one main character OR two minor characters to interview
  • Include the dialogue of you (the show’s host) and the character(s) written in the format provided
  • Work with a partner in presenting your Talk Show to the class. You will read the part of the host for your script; then, you will read the part of the character for your partner.

The transcript of your interview should contain:

  • The character’s description of 3 main events from the story
  • How the character you interview relates to other characters in the story
  • Specific evidence from the book in the form of quotations
  • An indication of the overall theme of the story

Assessment Rubric: (25 Points Total)

A. Plot (5 pts): 3 main events

B. Character relationships (5 pts)

C. Evidence (5 pts)

D. Theme (5 pts)

E. Form and Performance (5 pts)

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Potential Difficulties:

Students may face difficulties with the form of a transcript/screenplay, so I will provide them with my example to act as a model. Throughout our reading, I will include the writing of scenes based on certain images from the text to build towards this project. Students may also have difficulty identifying a theme that is not confined to one word; a deeper understanding of theme will allow students to express theme as a short phrase or sentence demonstrating the depth of the author’s work.

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