9th Lit: Constructed Response Practice

Key Vocabulary:

Motif – A repeating symbol that points an audience to the narrative’s theme or mood.

With your group members, please complete the following task in the form of a constructed response. Your constructed response should be 5-7 sentences in length and use the following structure:

(C)laim –


(E)vidence & Explanation –




Using this structure, please answer the prompt below:

Choose a motif below and explain how it helps to represent a specific theme from The Most Dangerous Game. What lesson does this important symbol represent? How do you know?

The hunting knife.

The General’s cigarettes.

The chateau.

The hounds.


9th Lit: Hobnail Writing Task

Hobnail Holistic Rubric

Prompts: Choose one of the following prompts to construct your writing task:

  1. Using sensory details, rewrite the climax of the story from the perspective of another character. Be sure to use imagery to illustrate the story’s primary theme.
  2. Using sensory details, write an alternate ending for the narrative. Be sure to use imagery to illustrate the story’s primary theme. 
  • A theme is obvious to the reader. points
  • My narrative’s plot includes a climax or a denouement.
  • My story is at least three paragraphs in length. _
  • I use imagery and figurative language to construct my narrative.
  • I have proofread my story and it has less than 5 grammatical errors.
  • My story opens with a compound or complex sentences that uses an adverb to describe action.

Writing Assignments is due on student blog by Monday, August 20th, 2018.

The Most Dangerous Game

9th Lit: Pre-Reading Digital Quickwrite

On youImage result for deserted island far sider personal blog, please complete the quickwrite below:

Prompt: You were ecstatic when you learned that you had won a sweepstakes offering a free 10-day trip to Fiji. In the months leading up to your island vacation, you thought deeply about the necessary supplies. It was so hard to wait those long weeks until the trip finally arrived.

However, you never made it to your luxurious island getaway. Nearly two hundred miles from the island your aircraft experienced catastrophic engine failure and plummeted into the Pacific Ocean. You were the only survivor who managed to swim their way to a deserted atoll where you remain, alone.

During your weeks of preparation you chose a single, special item to bring with you on your journey to Fiji. What item did you bring? How will this help you survive until rescue arrives? How will it help you if help never arrives?

Bonus: Insert an image of your item onto your post by using the “+ Add” button!


9th Lit: Introduction to “Coming of Age”

Working within your small group, please answer the following questions on a poster.

  1. What does it mean to “come of age”? Come up with a unique definition.
  2. According to your group, what is the most difficult part of “coming of age”? What challenges are typical during this part of life?
  3. Which emotion is most associated with the process of “coming of age”?
  4. What are the most important things a person learns when they “come of age”?
  5. Select a narrative (film, music, television, or book) that contains a coming of age theme. How does the story end?
  6. Draw a symbol that is typically associated with “coming of age”. Does it have a negative or positive connotation?

Be prepared to share your findings!