Category Archives: English 7/8

Book Report 02: British Literature

Here are some links to help you find a piece of (modern) British literature:


Into the Wild: Resources

The New York Times: “The Charitable-Industrial Complex”:

NPR Interview with Jon Krakauer:

The Huffington Post: “Remembering Christopher McCandless 20 Years Later”:

Alaska Dispatch “Examining Chris McCandless, 20 years after he went ‘Into the Wild’”:

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Self Reliance” (paragraphs 33-50):

Time Magazine: “Why the teen brain is drawn to risk”:

Excerpt from Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak:

“Everything had changed suddenly–the tone, the moral climate; you didn’t know what to think, whom to listen to. As if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself. There was no one around, neither family nor people whose judgment you respected. At such a time you felt the need of committing yourself to something absolute–life or truth or beauty–of being ruled by it in place of the man-made rules that had been discarded. You needed to surrender to some such ultimate purpose more fully, more unreservedly than you had ever done in the old familiar, peaceful days, in the old life that was now abolished and gone for good.”


Book Report 03: International

Looking for international books to read?  Remember, you MAY NOT choose a book from English, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland (as those are British and covered in Book Report 02).

Here are a few lists to help you in your search:
Publishing Trends list of International Bestsellers, by month

Indian and South Asian Fiction

Bestsellers in Caribbean and Latin American Literature

Top 20 Latin American Books to Read Before You Die

European authors

Ten best modern European crime writers

African, World Fiction

Bestsellers in African Literature

The Stranger: Presentation Project

  1. Must be 3-5 minutes
  2. Can:

                 Use Haiku Deck (tablet and desktop accessible) or Prezi:

  • If using one of these platforms, your presentation must contain at least one 10-30 second video clip of an expert discussing your topic
  • Each “slide” must contain an image and/or no more than 10 words

                 Create a movie/video:

  • Be creative! This can be a newscast, a TED-style talk, a one to two minute original expert interview within an original video, etc.
  • Must contain at least one 10-30 video clip of an expert discussing your topic OR voice over (with citation) of a professional
  1. Must be clear that your group practiced the presentation
  2. A note-taking worksheet for your classmates:
  • This can be a half-sheet or full sheet, single sided
  • What big ideas should they take away from your presentation?
  1. At least one connection or reference to The Stranger
  2. Turn in a references/works cited sheet in MLA format

Topics range from gun laws to Albert Camus to the city of Algiers, so be open- minded in how you want to present the information that you gather.


English 7/8 Syllabus

Book Reports

Book Reports