Complete the following journal entries each day. Copy the question into your book journal and write your entry below it.
Complete the following activities following the assigned pages. All of these activities will be in your Journal Write in complete sentences. Obviously, the more developed your responses are the better the grade you’ll get.
Due at End of First Reading Day
Title of novel: Running Loose
Author: Chris Crutcher
What clues did you get about the novel from the cover design and the blurbs on the book jacket?
That the book is about football
Write a detailed summary of the first 30 pages introducing the main character, setting, and plot.
The main characters name is Louie. His best friend is named Carter he is the quarterback of the football team. Louie tried out for the football team a lot of times but never made it. Louie and Carter been working out all summer to make the football team.
Louie made the football team and they were having two-a-day practices. They had to run a mile under six minutes. Louie made it. There is this other character named Boomer and Louie hates him. Boomer doesn't like him either. The other characters name is Becky and Louie likes her a lot.
Due At End of Second Reading Day
Write a page character analysis of an interesting character you have met so far. It doesn’t have to be the main character although it may be. What is the character like and how does the author reveal the characterization to you?
The most character I like so far is Louie. He is the main character of the book. He is always thinking of other people and he speaks when something is wrong. That is what I like about Louie.
Due at end of Third Reading Day
Choose two significant quotations from what you have read so far. Write the quote below along with the page number and explain in a well-developed paragraph the importance of the quotation.
"for now on, I'm a lover"
Louie said that because he quit the football team and all he is is a lover to his girlfriend and that's all.
"just let it go"
Becky said it because she is telling him to forget the past
Due At End of Fourth Reading Day
Choose any scene from the novel and take on the point of view of another character in the scene and rewrite the scene from that character’s point of view.
When Louie's parents had to meet with the principal a the school and I think Louie's mother was worried what was going to happen because she just sat there and didn't say anything.
Due At End of Fifth Reading Day
By now you should have a good idea about the novel’s conflict. Explain the conflict giving enough details so I can get it. Then make a prediction about what you think will happen in the novel.
Louie played football quit the football team because the coach didn't play a fare play. Becky Louie's girlfriend isn't with him because she had died and I think Louie would get it together and do another sport.
Due at the End of the Sixth Reading Day
Choose any character you have encountered in the novel so far. Choose five objects that this character would put in his or her pocket, purse, bag, or suitcase. In other words, these are objects that help define the character. For example, if someone were to write about me, he would probably list a bottle of water as an object that helped define me and then would go on to explain that I was never without a bottle of water and that it was necessary for me to drink lots of water because of my kidney and so on…Whatever you choose explain why these objects are appropriate for the selected character. Then if the person were to carry a bag, what kind of bag would it be? Describe it and explain why.
Louie would carry a picture of Becky because that was his girlfriend. His keys to his truck because he always use to drive off when he needed time alone. Keys to the gas station and the bar when he needed a place to go. Also a picture of carter because that his is best friend.
Due at the End of the Seventh Reading Day
Write a quick book review following the 5 W format. As you work through your response you can label each paragraph with the journalist’s question that it explores.
Paragraph 1: WHO is the main character of the novel? How does the character change over the course of the story? How would you describe this character’s personality?
Louie is the main character in the beginning of the book Louie didn't let things go and now he does. Louie stands in what he believes in.
Paragraph 2: WHAT is the novel about?
The novel is about this one boy named Louie he plays football and he loves it. One football game the coach plays a dirty play and one of the players go to the hospital on the other team. Louie screamed that it was a dirty play and he got kicked of the football team and was suspended. He has a girlfriend named Becky but they are know longer together because she gets into a car accident and dies. Now he is running track.
Paragraph 3: WHERE does the story take place? What is the setting(s) and how does it add to the novel. How does the location relate to the characters and theme? What time period or era? How can you tell? If the novel involves more than one setting, choose the most important one and explain why.
The novel takes place in this city call Trout in 1982. It is a small town, so their is not enough to play an eleven man team, so they play eight man team. Everybody knows each other and they mostly live in farms. It happens in 1982 because that is the year Becky dies and mostly everything happens in that year.
Paragraph 4: WHEN does the climax of the novel occur? Tell me about it.
It occurs in the beginning of the book.
Paragraph 5: WHY did the author write this story? What point is the author trying to make? Link your why response to a theme.
That everybody is not who they appear to be.
Paragraph 6: Rate this novel on a 1-10 scale with 1 being low and 10 being high. Then explain why. Make a recommendation about the novel one way or another.
I rate this book as an 9 because its a good book but it isn't that good. I think people should read this book it teaches a good life lesson.