High School English Department: Summer Reading Assignment- 2017

English 9H (Ms. Stumbaugh)
English 10H (Ms. Foley)
English 11 UHS/AP (Ms. Foley)
Students going into an honors English course in the 2017-2018 school year will be assigned summer reading.

Students may see the teacher of the course to obtain a copy of the assigned reading before the end of this school year, or may purchase their own copy.

In addition, students will also need to submit specified work which accompanies their readings to the teacher during the first week of school.
The required reading assignments are:
English 9 Honors:
You will read two books for your summer reading assignment and complete the following tasks for each.

Assignment #1: Choose between the following books and complete the project described below.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens OR A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Project: Both of these books consist of strong, 1st person narrators. Choose the three most important conflicts that your character goes through in the novel.

• Part #1: Create a visual representation that illustrates each conflict and how the character progresses through the conflicts he or she meets. You can use whatever artistic medium you would like, including, painting, drawing, photography, poetry, or collage, as long as your project has a visual component.

• Part #2: In addition to the visual representation, you need to explain, in writing, each conflict in a paragraph of at least 9-12 sentences for each. In your written explanation, be sure to clearly state the conflict and include at least two textual examples with page numbers in order to fully explain how the character has evolved or been impacted by the conflict.

Assignment #2: Read the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and complete the following essay task.

Your Task: After reading Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak, write a well-developed, text-based response of three paragraphs. In your response, identify a central idea in the text and analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) develops this central idea. Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis. Do not simply summarize the text.

• Be sure to:
• Identify a central idea in the text
• Analyze how the author’s use of one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) develops this central idea. Examples include: characterization, conflict, denotation/connotation, metaphor, simile, irony, language use, point-of-view, setting, structure, symbolism, theme, tone, etc.
• Use strong and thorough evidence from the text to support your analysis
• Organize your ideas in a cohesive and coherent manner
• Maintain a formal style of writing
• Follow the conventions of standard written English

English 10 Honors:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Answer one of the following questions. Remember to use specific examples from the text (textual evidence) to support your response.

1. Discuss one of the following themes from the novel. Use specific examples to support your explanation of the importance of the theme that you chose.
• racism and prejudice ( be sure to discuss all forms)
• justice vs. injustice
• courage
• coming of age/loss of innocence

2. What is the significance of the title To Kill a Mockingbird ? Be sure to include who the “mockingbirds” are in the novel and why.

3. Discuss two characters from the novel, focusing on how their characterization played an important role in the novel, as well as whether or not they are static or dynamic characters.
Everyone must answer the following question:

A part of To Kill A Mockingbird is about a man who tries to change things. At the end of the novel, do you feel Atticus is successful or unsuccessful in changing the ways of others? Be sure to fully explain your response, using evidence from the novel to support your answer.
Everyone must do the Life’s Little Instructions Book project directions and rubric attached

There is a popular book called Life’s Little Instructions Book by H. Jackson Brown,that offers advice and “instructions” on how to be happy and successful in life. Brown wrote the book for his son who was headed off to his freshman year of college. Below are some sample entries from the book:

Sample Entries:
1. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
2. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
3. Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
4. Overtip breakfast waitresses.
5. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.
6. Never resist a generous impulse.
7. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
8. Never go to bed with dirty dishes in the sink.
9. Leave everything a little better than you found it.
10. Call your mother.

YOUR TASK: Create your own booklet of advice and instructions for life, drawing upon the wisdom of Atticus, as well as your own parents, family, inspirational figures, etc.
To find appropriate quotations from Atticus, review the text and find passages illustrating life lessons you believe are worth passing on. Look for passages you feel are important in showing what Atticus believes about courage, understanding, respect, justice, education, etc.

For quotations from your own environment, talk to your parents, grandparents and relatives about the life lessons they are trying to teach you and your siblings or other family members. Think about who influences you and teaches you about life. Is there something that someone in your family always says? Bits of advice they always give?

• a minimum of SIX quotes or sayings from Atticus ( please include pg. # and importance to plot )
• a minimum of SIX quotes or sayings from your family with a brief explanation of why the quote is significant
• a minimum of TWO quotes from someone else who has influenced you and why the quote is significant
• a title
• a front and back cover
• Please consider the design and layout of your booklet to make sure it is legible and appealing. Please add in illustrations and type.