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Shane Reading Journals

Reading Journal Requirements

 

While reading Shane by Jack Schaefer, you will be completing a reading journal due each class.

Please set aside a few pages in your class journal for this assignment*. At the beginning of each class, I will check the journal for a daily completion grade. After we have finished reading, and all journals are complete, I will take them up and grade them again according to the rubric below. I will not grade every single entry, but instead, I will randomly select a few journals to grade. The grade for these journals will equal one major grade. If you missed a journal entry for the daily completion grade, you still have a chance to make it up for the major grade.

 

            *For the first journal assignment only: Please do this first assignment on a separate sheet of paper. I will grade this separately so that you can see how well you are doing on the journal entries. If you are ever curious about how you are doing, you can ask me to read your entries and make suggestions.

Things to highlight and label for ch. 1 - 2:

o       Foreshadowing: Shane's saddlebags

o       Conflict: Ranchers vs. Homesteaders

o       Symbolism: the stump

 

Title: Journal #1: Chapters 1- 2

 

(Remember to do this journal on a separate piece of paper)

 

Summary

Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis

3. Write down the sentence below, filling in the blanks with your own words. Next, explain how the statement is true. Use textual evidence to support your answer. (Answers are expected to be well-elaborated, but do not need to be as lengthy as your poetry expository paragraphs! One or two supports will suffice. See example below.)

            For Joe, the stump represents ________________.

 

4. Now do the same for the sentence below.

            For Shane, the stump represents_________________.

 

 

5. Write down two specific, open-ended discussion questions about chapters 1-2.

 

Sample Answer:

 

The conch* in Lord of the Flies, used to call the boys to a meeting, represents power. For example, when Ralph blew into the conch, "it boomed a deep note which spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink granite of the mountain" (8). Here, the conch the narrator describes possesses a power that encompasses the entire surface of the island. The word boom also demonstrates this power. In fact, the conchs power is so "attracting to the eyes," the boys are portrayed as "obediently obeying the summons of the conch without hesitance" (8). In this passage the words obediently obeying and summons portrays the conch as a ruler who controls al the inhabitants of the island.

 

*conch = large seashell

 

Things to highlight and label for ch. 3-4:

o       Symbolism: the stump (teamwork between Joe and Shane)

o       Paradox: note the observances about Shane that seem contradictory

o       Symbol: clothing. How does Shanes change of clothing affect how he is viewed by Bob?

o       Imagery: The Sun. Notice how the author describes the sun in relation to Shane. Think about why he does this.

 

 

EXAMPLE: General Zaroff from "The Most Dangerous Game"

 

Evidence                                        ____Commentary_____________

"The weak of the world were              Method of

put here to give the                             characterization:

pleasure hunt the scum of                   character's speech

the earth" (26)      

                                                                      What this reveals

                                                                      about the character: 

                                                                    It shows that Gen. Zaroff

                                                                    feels that he is superior.

                                                                   He thinks he is better than

                                                                   the other human beings

                                                                    he hunts. Because he is

                                                                    strong, he feels like he has

                                                                   the rightto do whatever

                                                                   he wants. The fact that

                                                                   he calls the people he

                                                                   hunts the scum of the

                                                                  earth shows how arrogant

                                                                  and  judgmental he is.

 

3 & 4: Now, following the same format, do the same for Shane. You should analyze two quotations.

 

Evidence                                            ___ Commentary_______________________

Put a quotation here. Dont                     Method of

forget to put page number!                    characterization:

 

                                                                         What this reveals

                                                                         about the character:

 

Title: Journal #2: Chapters 3 - 4

 

(Remember to do this journal in a section you have set aside in your class journal.)

 

Summary

Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis

Choose two quotations that reveal something about Shanes character.  Put the quotes in a dialectical journal format and explain what method of characterization is used (see characterization notes) and what this reveals about the character. An example has been done for you.

5. Write down two open-ended discussion questions.

Title: Journal #3: Chapters 5 - 7

 

(Remember to do this journal in a section you have set aside in your class journal.)

 

Things to highlight and label for ch. 5-7:

o       Theme-Destiny: Notice how Shane enjoys an innocent existence but has occasional distant looks when he is reminded of the past. What seems to be Shane’s destiny? Look for passages that make reference to Shane’s past.

o       Shane’s hands and skill with a gun

o       Conflict: the Homesteaders vs. Fletcher

o       Shane’s reputation: how is this linked to his destiny?

 

Summary

Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis

Using dialectical journal format, find the following:

4. Find a quotation that shows how Shane is skilled in an almost supernatural way and explain.

5. Find a quotation that shows how Shane is haunted by his past and explain.

6. Find a quotation that shows how Shane has restraint and explain. 

 

Title: Journal #4: Chapters 8 10

 

Things to notice for ch. 8-10:

          Shanes response: You'll not lose this place.

          Descriptions of Shane that elevate him to a supernatural hero status.

          Symbolism: How does the weather reflect the conflict?

          Marian: her relationship with Joe and Shane

 

Summary: Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis:

Paragraph: Write down the sentence below, using it as a topic sentence. Next, explain how the statement is true using textual evidence to support your answer. Use at least two textual supports. See the labeled example below for the format of your paragraph.

 

          While Shane had been enjoying an innocent life, he changes and becomes restless and full of turmoil. 

 

Paragraph example:

The conch* in Lord of the Flies, used to call the boys to a meeting, represents power.1 For example, when Ralph blew into the conch, "it boomed a deep note which spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink granite of the mountain" (8).2 Here, the conch the narrator describes possesses a power that encompasses the entire surface of the island. The word boom also demonstrates this power.3 In fact, the conchs power is so "attracting to the eyes," the boys are portrayed as "obediently obeying the summons of the conch without hesitance" (8).4 In this passage the words obediently obeying and summons portrays the conch as a ruler who controls al the inhabitants of the island.5

1: Topic sentence

2: Blended textual support

3: Commentary proving how the textual support in sentence 2 proves the topic sentence.

4: Blended textual support

5: Commentary proving how the textual support in sentence 4 proves the topic sentence.

5. Write down two discussion questions.

Title: Journal #5: Chapters 11 - 12

 

Summary: Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis:

Questions: Answer in complete sentences and use textual evidence to support your answer.

 

1. What does Joe mean when he says, "Shane won his fight before ever he came riding into this valley"?

 

  1.  At the end of ch. 11, Marian tells Joe, "We cant let Shane down." She goes on to tell him, "Weve got to be the kind of people Shane thinks we are." What does she mean by this? Do you agree with her reasoning or Joes? Why or why not?

 

  1. Write down two discussion questions for chapters 11-12.

 

 

Things to notice for ch. 13-16:

          Shane as hero

          In ch. 14, Shane is compared to a rooted oak. Marian also tells Joe, We have roots here now that we can never tear loose. How does this echo the stump scene from the beginning of the book?

          How does silence create a dramatic effect?

 

Title: Journal #6: Chapters 13 - 16

 

Summary: Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis:

Write a thesis statement based on one of the essay questions.