“Legend” By Marie Lu Reading Schedule (8 Week Schedule)
Accessing the novel online:
A PDF version of the novel can be found at the below link for your reading: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sXPuYBzZT4auaEXpalds4pkoLht1QAsL/view?usp=sharing
To access the audiobook follow the link on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3WT1yT2Rv8 or look up Legend by Marie Lu Audio. However, note that the recording is out of order so you must scroll down the Youtube page to see the below and follow the order. Start with 5:48:00. You must keep track of where you leave off with time:
5:48:00 – Page 1 then
3:32:25 – P 81 then
1:12:20 – p 174 then
0:00:00 – p 260 then
We suggest you follow along in the PDF as you are listening for better comprehension. We also suggest you take notes. We will provide a double entry journal as a way to take notes if you would like to. This will help you organize your thoughts but are not mandatory. This is for you only. Note down any questions you may have so that you can discuss with peers and teacher during Google Hangout sessions.
Your final week assignment: (For the week of June 8 which is due June 10) your final assignment is to choose the 5 most powerful/impactful passages from the novel and explain what each means/reveals and why it is such a powerful passage in this novel. Why did you pick this passage and what does it say to you? This could include imagery, passages that help develop characterization, plot, conflict, symbolism, etc. To make this assignment simpler for you, as you read, jot down those passages that you feel are VERY POWERFUL. When you begin to work on this assignment in the last week, you will have collected all the passages.
Weekly Assignments: On a weekly basis, you will be assigned a certain number of PDF pages to read and a corresponding assignment. Some will entail short answer questions while others will be more extensive. We will provide clear instructions and examples of what we expect every Sunday. Please note that we expect thorough responses with textual evidence and analysis. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEND YOU AN EMAIL ON SUNDAY OF EVERY WEEK AND UPDATE THE BLOG BUT YOU WILL COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENTS ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND SUBMIT WORK BY NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, 11 p.m.
Google Hangouts: On a weekly basis, your teacher will schedule a Monday Google Hangout Session so that s/he can discuss the reading and the weekly assignment. On Thursday, a Google Hangout will be schedule for those students who need additional support. Please follow protocol when joining the chat. Microphones should be muted unless instructed otherwise by your teacher.
Academic Honesty: We expect you to uphold the highest level of integrity with your academic work. You are to do your own work and present your own thinking. Note that plagarism (presenting the work of others as your own) will result in a zero. Do not copy work from the internet, not even a phrase, from you friends, or allow anyone to copy your answers as their own.
Reading & Assignment Schedule
|Pages to be Read
|Assignment (Will be posted on Google Classroom to be completed and Submitted by Sunday of that week)
|April 20, 2020
|PDF pages 9-33
|Short answer responses
|April 27, 2020
|PDF pages 34-52
|May 4, 2020
|PDF pages 53-72
|Short answer responses
|May 11, 2020
|PDF pages 73-85 (up to End of Part 1)
|May 18, 2020
|PDF pages 86-105
|Short answer responses
|May 25, 2020
|PDF pages 106-127
|June 1, 2020
|PDF pages 128-144
|Short answer responses
|June 8, 2020 (Assignment Due June 10th)
|PDF pages 145-154
|Choose the 5 most powerful/impactful passages from the novel and explain what each means/reveals and why it is such a powerful passage in this novel. This could include imagery, passages that help develop characterization, plot, conflict, etc. An example will be provided when assignment is posted on Google Classroom.
“Legend” is the first in a four-book series of dystopian* young adult novels by Marie Lu. The book was published in 2011 and explores the intersecting stories of two teens – June, a military prodigy, and Day, the country’s most wanted criminal – in a police state located in what was once the Western U.S.
*A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “bad place” and is an antonym of utopia.
For more information on the term, dystopia, refer to your NewsELA article from the week of April 13, 2020.https://newsela.com/read/ela-dystopian-novels-teens/id/55403/?collection_id=339&search_id=0ab6879a-523d-498d-9100-d9b9dbcf9468
Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian
Setting and Context:
Los Angeles, California, Republic of America, Futuristic
Narrator and Point of View:
Legend is told from two different points of view. The narration alternates between June and Day, our central characters.
Tone and Mood
Somber, thrilling, revolutionary
“Legend” Character List
An intelligent, agile fifteen-year-old criminal. He failed his Trial five years before, but escaped the lab where he was taken for testing. At the beginning of the novel, he lives on the streets with his friend Tess and steals to help his family and other poor people. Day’s real name is Daniel Altan Wing.
A fifteen-year-old prodigy who attends Drake University, the Republic’s most prestigious military training school. She is the only person ever to have achieved a perfect score on her Trial. At the beginning of Legend, she lives with her brother Metias, who has taken care of her since their parents died in a car accident. She looks forward to a career in the military.
A thirteen-year-old orphan that Day took under his wing a few years before the start of the novel. She helps him scavenge and steal, but she is a better healer than she is a criminal.
Day’s nineteen-year-old brother. John works with the friction stoves in the neighborhood energy plant. He is the only member of Day’s family who knows that he is still alive.
Day’s nine-year-old brother, who has a knack for inventing. Eden falls ill with a mutated version of the plague.
Day’s courageous, resourceful mother.
June’s protective brother and a captain in the Republic. He keeps analog journals and photos out of deference to the old ways of his parents.
Metias’s disciplined, formal driver.
Metias’s sadistic former commander.
June’s beloved, white shepherd dog.
A Republic official who administers the Trial. He was also Metias’s first mentor.
A flirtatious bartender and accomplished Skiz fighter. It is revealed later that she is a member of the Patriots.
The Elector Primo
The dictator of the Republic.
The Elector Primo’s handsome son. He is twenty years old and plans to run for his father’s position next year.
Emerson Adam Graham
A Colonies spy who is captured by the Republic.
A student at Drake who has a crush on June.
The dean secretary of Drake University. She is constantly exasperated with June.
Able to use both hands
From a 17th-century art form, a style characterized mostly by extravagance or opulence
The military sector of Los Angeles
A slang slur used by Day and others in Batalla in reference to the poor
A tight garment that women wear, usually under a dress, to smooth and alter their figure
A term of endearment used to address someone you hold dear or a person who whose name you don’t know, someone you are trying to connect with
To remove, often violently
A slang term that Day and other Lake sector citizens use – it seems to be a replacement for “goddamn” or other similar swear words
A wheeled stretcher
The handle of a sword or dagger
A formal ceremony that brings a person into a group
The colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil
A ragged wound
A barrier used to keep a river or lake from overflowing
A person who takes part in an armed conflict for personal gain, often money, rather than a cause
The Republic’s currency
The first person to be infected with a particular disease
A piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck
A laboratory tool used to transfer liquid
A Diseases characterized by fever or delirium and sometimes infection of the lungs
A person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities, unusually impressive.
To criticize sharply; reprimand
To draw liquid from a one vessel into another using a tube
A street fight that onlookers bet on
A large number of something
Using few words
An exam that Republic children must take at age ten that determines the rest of their life
A slang word used by Day, similar to “jerk” with classist overtones