Project: November Blues

Teacher: Juli Hutchinson
School: Highland Park High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 03/25/2009
End Date: 05/01/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

We encourage mentors who have good communication skills with teenagers. People who feel confident discussing sensitive issues experienced by teens such as stress, depression, love, pregnancy, and death. Mentors are encouraged to read along with the students however, this is not necessary.


Students will be reading the novel November Blues by Sharon Draper and will be discussing the issues involved in the book including stress, depression, love, death, and pregnancy in class and with their mentors. They will be writing journal entries and a persuasive paper. They will also share their parenting exercises with the mentors.


S.1.1.1-Composes a written piece with plot elements and also experiments with point of view and various narrative techniques. (Ideas and Content: prewriting, drafting, revising) S.1.1.2-Selects and uses (1) personal experience (2) personal observation (3) prior knowledge. S.1.1.3-Writes from experiences and relies on detailed insight, a sense of how events unfold, and how people respond to life and to one another. S.1.2.1- expository writing:Develops a thesis statement based upon at least one main idea in response to a prompt. S.1.4.1-Asserts an arguable proposition or opinion S.1.4.5-Builds a focused argument that uses logical thinking and appeals to reason, authority, and/or emotion.



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Freshman English

Student Outcomes:

Students will write multiple journal entries and a persuasive essay. They will also write a reflection paper over the parenting exercises.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

The journal entries, persuasive essays, reflection papers will be graded using a rubric.

Teacher Role:

I will send a weekly message to the mentors and secure computer access twice a week for students. I will direct the classroom activities and teaching the novel.

Mentor Role:

Send two messages per week to student and send any concerns to the teacher about the mentee. Mentors will share experiences about themes and issues related to the novel and how they apply to real life.