Summer Reading 2019

 
ALL STUDENTS: For the new school year, the book chosen for whole-school discussion is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
 
 
The books that follow are for your specific English class:
 
Freshman Class—2023   Directions:  Please read the novel(s) assigned to the course number for which you are registered and complete the appropriate assignment(s).

Course # 111 Honors English 9:
 
Reading:Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Assignment 1:  
As you read Jane Eyre, keep a Reader Response Journal. It should be at least 10 one-page entries in the form of a notebook, a series of pages in a folder, or an electronic notebook. Make entries in your journal as you read from all parts of the novel. Do not wait until the end of the book to write all your entries. Your Reader Response Journal will be collected the first full day of classes.
 
What should you include in a Reader Response Journal?
A reader response journal should include your own personal response to what you read. It is NOT a plot summary.  It may consist of any of the following:
 
• questions about what you are reading
• what you like
• what you don’t like
• what you find confusing
• what you think is interesting
• what you think something means
• a connection with something in your own life
• your reaction to a particular character
• predictions about what you think will happen next
• your thoughts about what you have read

Assignment 2:
Create a movie poster for Landry Park: Make a full-sized poster (approximately 18” x 20”) that serves as an advertisement for the movie version of the book. Give it a bold and noticeable title, assign actors to the characters you believe are important, and attach pictures of the actors. Include on the poster some type of teaser to get audiences to come see the film. Separately, write a rationale of approximately one typed page explaining your reasons for including the characters you chose and why the actors you selected are good choices for those roles.  In addition, write a summary of at least 5 scenes that will be in the movie (one paragraph per scene). This assignment is due the second full day of classes.
 
 
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Course # 112 Language and Literature College Prep:
Reading: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Assignment 1:  
 
As you read The Sun is Also a Star, keep a Reader Response Journal. It should be at least 8 one-page entries in the form of a notebook, a series of pages in a folder, or an electronic notebook. Make entries in your journal as you read from all parts of the novel. Do not wait until the end of the book to write all your entries. Your Reader Response Journal will be collected the first full day of classes.
 
What should you include in a Reader Response Journal?
(Please see above)
Assignment 2: 
Create a movie poster for Landry Park:  Make a full-sized poster (approximately 18” x 20”) that serves as an advertisement for the movie version of the book. Give it a bold and noticeable title, assign actors to the characters you believe are important, and attach pictures of the actors. Include on the poster some type of teaser to get audiences to come see the film. Separately, write a rationale of approximately one typed page explaining your reasons for including the characters you chose and why the actors you selected are good choices for those roles.  In addition, write a summary of at least 5 scenes that will be in the movie (one paragraph per scene). This assignment is due the second full day of classes.
 
 
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Course # 113 Language and Literature Mother Caroline:
Reading:The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Assignment: Complete the assignment below for The Sun Is Also a Star and hand this assignment in the first full day of class.
After reading the novel The Sun Is Also a Star, imagine what might happen to the two main characters after the novel ends.  Write a chapter to add to the novel that continues the story five years from the end of the novel.  Keep in mind the personalities of the two characters.  Make your chapter approximately 500 words.  
 
 
 
Class of 2022        Directions:  Please read the book(s) assigned to the course number for which you are registered and complete the appropriate assignment.
 
#121 Honors American Literature
Reading:The Color of Water by James McBride (non-fiction) AND
 A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (fiction)

Assignments
As you read, keep a Reader Response Journal, which you will hand in the first full day of English class. Your journal may take the form of a notebook, a series of pages kept in a folder or an electronic notebook.  Make entries into your journal as you read.  Write five entries for A Northern Light and five entries for The Color of Water. You should have 10 entries all together, about a full typed page each (12 point font, double spaced), making sure that you have included some from the end of each book.
 
#122 American Literature college prep
Reading:The Color of Water by James McBride (non-fiction) AND
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (fiction)

Assignments:
As you read, keep a Reader Response Journal, which you will hand in the first full day of English class. Your journal may take the form of a notebook, a series of pages kept in a folder or an electronic notebook.  Make entries into your journal as you read.  Write five entries for The Color of Water and five entries for We Were Liars. You should have 10 entries all together, about a full typed page each (12 point font, double spaced), making sure that you have included some from the end of each book.
 
#123 American Literature Mother Caroline

Reading:
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Assignment:  Directions: As you read Piecing Me Together, keep a Reader Response Journal.  It should be at least ten (10) one-page entries in the form of a notebook, a series of pages in a folder or an electronic notebook.  Make entries in your journal as you read from all parts of the novel.  Do not wait until the end of the book to write all of your entries. Your Reader Response Journal will be collected the first full day of classes.

What should you include in a Reader Response Journal?
A reader response journal should include your own personal response to what you read.  It is NOT a plot summary.  It may consist of any or all of the following:
 
• What do you think about the main character?
• What would you say to her at different points in the novel?
• What do you think are her strong points?
• Can you make a connection with something in your own life?
• What is your reaction to the other people in her life?  The same as Jade or different?
• Your thoughts about what you have read. . . 
 
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Class of 2021:       Directions:  Please read the novel(s) assigned to the course number for which you are registered and complete the appropriate assignment.
 
#131 Honors British Literature  
Reading:1984 by George Orwell AND
  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Assignments:
These assignments are due the first full day of classes.
1984
Webster’s Dictionary defines “irony” as “the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.”  Many literary works use irony as a device for conveying meaning.  If we find a text difficult to understand, it sometimes is helpful to identify the “ironic tensions” within that text—words or events that appear to mean one thing, but that really mean the opposite.  By thinking about how these ironic tensions resolve (or fail to resolve), we may find a key to unlock meaning.  
The text of Orwell’s novel, 1984 contains many examples of the use of irony as a literary device.  For this assignment, I’d like you to think about how the novel resolves (or fails to resolve) the ironic tensions that it presents.   One example of irony in the novel is the names of the ministries:  “The Ministry of Truth,” “The Ministry of Peace,” etc.  Another example is the stunning irony reflected in the novel’s last sentence (“He loved Big Brother”).  I’d like you to think about these examples, and to identify one other example of irony in the novel.  Once you have done so, please write a two page paper that discusses how one of the examples of irony that I just identified and the additional example that you’ve identified reflect ironic tensions, and explain why you believe (or do not believe) that these ironic tensions, and the resolution (or lack of resolution) of these tensions, help us understand the novel.    
I expect your essay to demonstrate that you have read (and thought about) the novel carefully.  You need not summarize events in the novel, except to the extent that you need to do so in support of your argument.  You should include quotations from the novel to support your argument and cite any secondary sources upon which you rely.  All papers should be typed with standard margins in Times New Roman font, 12 pt. type.  Include the honor code, which indicates that you have not copied anything from the internet or another person.
 
Sense and Sensibility
The text of Sense and Sensibility mentions more than twenty letters and includes the full texts of six of them.  (Sense and Sensibility is not, however, an “epistolary” novel, which is a novel presented entirely as a series of letters.)  Please think about the novel’s structure and the literary technique of referencing the letters and including the full texts of some of them.  Do these references advance the plot?  Do they relate to the novel’s themes?  Does the inclusion of the full texts of some of these letters add to the novel in a way that the inclusion of summaries of those letters would not?  If so, how?  Please write a two page paper that discusses these issues.  You should reference at least one example of Austen including the full text of a letter and at least one example of her summarizing a letter but not including the full text to support your argument.
I expect your essay to demonstrate that you have read (and thought about) the novel carefully.  You need not summarize events in the novel, except to the extent that you need to do so in support of your argument.  You should include quotations from the novel to support your argument and cite any secondary sources upon which you rely.  All papers should be typed with standard margins in Times New Roman font, 12 pt. type.  Include the honor code, which indicates that you have not copied anything from the internet or another person.
 
#132 British Literature
Reading:Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Assignment:
The title, Sense and Sensibility, refers to the difference between an approach to life that is based on rationality and logic, and one that is based on emotions and feelings.  The two sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, reflect this difference.  Which sister is more rational and which is more emotional?  How do their differing approaches to life affect their decisions?  As the novel progresses, do their characters evolve, so that the more rational one comes to appreciate the importance of emotion, and the more emotional one comes to appreciate the importance of rationality?  Does the ending suggest that one or the other approach to life is superior, or does it suggest that the ideal life combines both qualities?  Please write a two page paper that explores these questions.  You should include citations to specific incidents in the text that support your analysis. 
I expect your essay to demonstrate that you have read (and thought about) the novel carefully.  You need not summarize events in the novel, except to the extent that you need to do so in support of your argument.  You should include quotations from the novel to support your argument and cite any secondary sources upon which you rely.  All papers should be typed with standard margins in Times New Roman font, 12 pt. type.  Include the honor code, which indicates that you have not copied anything from the internet or another person.
 
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Class of 2020:  Directions:  Please read the book(s) assigned to the course number for which you are registered and complete the appropriate assignment.
 
#141-Advanced Placement English:
Reading:Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston AND 
A novel from the list below.
 
Assignments:
1. Read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Keep a reader response journal in which you record how the protagonist, Janie, grows and matures throughout each of the marriages in her life. Choose one of Janie’s major relationships (Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, or Tea Cake) and write a short paper (approximately 350-400 words, typed, double-spaced) explaining how Janie’s marriage to this person shapes her understanding of herself and what she wants for herself.(continued on next page)
 
This paper is due the first full day of class. You do not need to hand in the journal responses, just the essay, but they should help in the class discussion.
 
 
2.In addition to reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, select one of the novels listed here (that you have not read) and prepare a creative presentation for the class.  This presentation should include major elements of the novel (title, author, setting, protagonist, central conflict, and theme) or the purpose and impact of the non-fiction and be accompanied by some visual or audio element. Four to six-minute time limit. Be prepared to present and to hand in your notes the second week of classes.
 
Options for Assignment 2:
Beloved-Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison
Between the World and Me-Ta’Nehisi Coates (non-fiction)
Crime and Punishment-Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Handmaid’s Tale-Margaret Atwood
In the Time of Butterflies-Julia Alvarez
The Once and Future King-T. H. White
The Power and the Glory-Graham Greene
Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
 
#158--Senior Composition and World Literature 
 
Reading:  Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
 
Assignment:
Half of a Yellow Sun is set during the Nigerian Civil War, which is also known as the “Biafra War.”  (The Nigerian Civil War was horrific.  You can find a short video from the British Broadcasting Company that describes the war at https://youtu.be/f9cSA1gLizE and a Wikipedia article that describes the war in greater detail at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_Civil_War.)    The novel uses the war as the context for exploring, among other things, the relationship between those who have power and those who do not.  We see this relationship play out between dominant and marginalized ethnic groups (e.g., the Hausa and the Igbo), between masters and servants (e.g., Odenigbo and Ugwu), and between men and women (e.g., Odenigbo and Olanna).  Please write a two page essay that identifies and describes two relationships in the novel that reflect the relationship between those who have power and those who do not.  You should identify specific events in the novel that convey the dynamics of each relationship and explain how the two relationships that you’ve chosen to discuss are similar or dissimilar.  You may write about the relationships that I’ve identified above, or about other relationships in the novel that you find interesting.  (continued on next page)
I expect your essay to demonstrate that you have read (and thought about) the novel carefully.  You need not summarize events in the novel, except to the extent that you need to do so in support of your argument.  You should include quotations from the novel to support your argument and cite any secondary sources upon which you rely.  All papers should be typed with standard margins in Times New Roman font, 12 pt. type.  Include the honor code, which indicates that you have not copied anything from the internet or another person.
 
 
 
 
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