Nothing But the Truth
Part 1: p.59-212
7th and 8th Grade
25-30 points =
C 30-40 points = B 40-50 points=A
- (5 points) Write a 1 paragraph
As a teenager, have you ever told the
truth about something important and adults didn’t believe you? How did
you feel? Describe and explain a specific time where you told the truth
to adults and weren’t believed. Why do you think the adults didn’t
(10 points) Develop a set of questions
and interview the adult from the situation above and ask him or her for his or
her point of view on the situation. Summarize the adult’s response in a
- (5 points) Write a 1 paragraph
Describe a situation where you told one
person (adult or teenager) one thing about something that happened and they
blew it out of proportion. What happened in the end? Did the truth
ever become known?
- (10 points) Create a high quality
illustration in color of one important scene from the book.
- (10 points) Define the vocabulary
words on the attached page and use the word correctly in a sentence of your
- (10 points) Write a 1 page journal
entry from either the point of view of Philip or Miss Narwin 10 years
later. What do they think about what happened when they’ve grown
- (15 points) “Be a Critic”: Write a 2
page letter to the author of the book, Avi, explaining what you enjoyed about
his book and what you think he could have done better. Be sure to give
specific examples. Your letters will be sent to him.
- (20 points) Design a board game for
Nothing But The Truth. Be sure to cover important characters and
events in the book.
- (15 points) Rewrite a 3 page new
ending to the book.
- (10 points) If after you have written
the new ending, you act it out with your friends in front of the class.
- (20 points) Collaborate with another
student in creating a dance routine that sends a clear message about your
thoughts on truth. Feel free to include music.
- (25 points) Create a high quality 6
block comic strip for 1 of 2 scenarios:
- A character knows something to be
false, but lets someone else take the fall or blame for it. What
happens to that person’s reputation? What does the character decide to
- Show a situation where 2 people have
completely different perspectives.
- (25 points) As a nearly graduating
8th grader, we’d like your advice. Write a well-organized 5
paragraph persuasive essay addressed to the school’s Governing Board about
what rules you think we should keep and which rules should be changed at the
Harbor School. Be sure to give specific reasons why and plenty of
- (10 points) Read your letter in front
of the school’s Governing Board at its next meeting.
- (30 points) Read the following quotes
and write a well-organized 5 paragraph persuasive essay where you choose one
character’s statement about the truth and support it. Address your essay
to this year’s 6th graders and supply specific examples from your
own life or in real life.
- “Just tell people the truth. Put
your faith in that.” --Anita Wigham to her sister Miss Narwin
- “Gert, you know as well as I, it
doesn’t matter if it’s true or not true. It’s what people are saying
that’s important. Will be saying.” --Superintendent Dr. Seymour
to Principal Dr. Doane (p.133)
- (25 points) Find 2 newspaper articles
and critique them using the following questions:
- What is the topic of the
- What perspective(s) or point of
view(s) does the author explain?
- Do you feel that the author has
presented both points of view adequately? If so, explain how s/he does
this? If not, which side is not represented well and what information
should be included?