Honors British English Marion County High School will offer more rigorous preparation for college classes. Summer Reading Assignment: Each student will read two books, one required and one of his or her choice. Summer Written Assignment: Students should take original chapter notes (not copied from the Internet) during the reading of the book, recording important page numbers for citing evidence in future references. By the end of the second week of school, the student will turn in an original 400-word novel study guide on each completed book (preferably typed and double-spaced), take a book test in the library, and share with the class what you have learned. The novel study guide is a way of organizing the book for subsequent review. Required Summer Reading for All Students: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Choose one of the following unabridged books for summer reading credit: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy Silas Marner by George Eliot (We anticipate students will get books on their own at libraries, bookstores, or online. The MCMHS media center will be available during the summer for checkouts. Choose your books wisely because, in some cases, authors may use mature language and content). Required Reading During the Semester In Addition to Other Regular Work: How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë -Mrs. Kay Edmunds Novel Study Guide Student_________________ Title ___________________ Author _________________ Course _________________ Date Due _______________ 1. SETTING – Give the time, place, and general background of the story. Think not only of clocks, but also of calendars, seasons, and historical context. 2. CHARACTERS –List significant characters, state the page on which they are introduced, and give a brief physical or psychological description of each. Analyze the effects of the author’s choices in language (e.g., imagery, figurative language, etc.) for describing the main character. Consider the character’s place in society, relationships or conflicts with others, and distinctive development over time. 3. PLOT – For works of fiction, list the major events of the story only and do not go into very much detail. For works of nonfiction, study the structure (e.g. chronological order, order of importance, flashback, etc.). Explain how the structure affects the overall message or argument in the book. 4. THEME – State the point or message of the story. There may be more than one. 5. QUOTES – Identify several important quotes from the story that are memorable and explain why. 6. VOCABULARY – Look up the definitions of ten to twenty unfamiliar words or those used in a different context. 7. DISCUSSION – Think of ways you can relate the story to your life circumstances. Look for important literary elements used in this work like symbolism, irony, satire, or allusions, etc. Consider the author’s purpose, tone, and intended audience.