5 Open Road

Welcome to the world of fiction where anything goes and everything is possible! Start by choosing a book from the list of suggested literature below, borrow it from a nearby library or buy it from a bookstore, and start reading it as soon as possible. If you have another book in mind, suggest it for the list. Enjoy!

ENA5.4 Work and Study Schedule

Instructions and Study Material

Useful grammar Links

Evaluation (mandatory requirements)

  • reading a book (check the lit. list!)
  • 4 vocabulary quizzes
  • PORTFOLIO (Click here for an example and here for the evaluation rubric)
    • a cover, an index and illustrations (10 p)
    • a short story (99 p)
    • a poem or song lyrics (66 p)
    • an author biography + sources (33 p)
    • a book review (33 p)
    • 10 challenging words from the novel translated into Finnish (10 p)
    • a character analysis / a literary analysis (99 p)
    • self evaluation and peer evaluation (20 p)
    • portfolio as a whole (100 p)
  • final exam on course vocabulary and grammar + listening comprehension (90 p)
  • class activity and discussions


  • nouns (plurals and articles)
  • punctuation
  • the genetive

Suggested Literature (in alphabetical order by author)

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams (science-fiction, fantasy, humor)
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood (fantasy, feminism, sexual dominance)
  3. Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen (romance)
  4. Noughts and Crosses (2001) by Malorie Blackman
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) by Stephen Chobsky
  6. Matilda (1988) by Roald Dahl (dark humor, children vs. adults)
  7. Desert Flower (1998) by Waris Dirie (an autobiography, women in Africa, Somalia, women’s rights, fashion)
  8. The Smoke Jumper (2002) or The Divide (2005) by Nicholas Evans
  9. The Graveyard Book (2009) or Coraline (2002) by Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
  10. Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding (suspense, brutal drama, Lost)
  11. The Fault in Our Stars (2012) by John Green (cancer, romance, young adults)
  12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey (insane asylum, rebellion against authorities, humor)
  13. Firestarter (1980) or Misery (1987) by Stephen King (horror)
  14. Odd Thomas (2006) by Dean R. Koontz (fantasy, suspense, horror)
  15. Life of Pi (2002) by Yann Martel (India, travel, philosophy, survival)
  16. The Time Traveller’s Wife (2004) by Audrey Niffenegger (fantasy, romance)
  17. In My Sister’s Shoes (2008) by Sinead Moriarty (sisterhood, drama, romance)
  18. My Sister’s Keeper (2008) by Jodi Picoult (leukemia, sisterhood, family relationships)
  19. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (2001) by Louise Rennison (humor, teenage girls, sex)
  20. Interview With the Vampire (1976) by Anne Rice (vampires, erotic romance)
  21. The God of Small Things (1997) by Arundathi Roy (colonialism, India’s caste system, love, children)
  22. Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger (teenage boys, friendship, growing up, gangs)
  23. The Number 1. Ladies’ Detective Agency (1998) by Alexander McCall Smith (Botswana, life in Africa)
  24. Of Mice and Men (1937) by John Steinbeck (immigrants, California, 1950s, human nature)
  25. The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker (African-American women, racism)
  26. The Book Thief (2006) by Markus Zusak

Conan O’Brien – Finland Special (2006.03.10) by kkthxbye


One thought on “5 Open Road

  1. Mr. Rantanen discovered something quite interesting and funny so I decided to share it with you! Guess which English plural word does not contain ANY of the letters as its singular equivalent?
    KINE, which is plural of COW.

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