SUMMER READING LIST FOR HONORS AND AP ENGLISH 2015 Students will need to purchase their own copies of the assigned books. 7th grade ELA G/T The Giver (Lowery) English I Honors 8 A Raisin in the Sun English II honors 9 Death of a Salesman English III honors 10 The Crucible English IV honors 11 AP English Pygmalion Ethan Frome A ¼- ½ inch notebook/ composition book should be started in 8th grade beginning in the Honors English I Class. Subject dividers will be needed to separate the different works, or use stick on tabs if using a composition book. At least one page should be devoted to each of the items listed below for every summer reading novel/play. Your wording on these pages/note cards should be very clear and to the point. Do not waste words or space. You will not want to shuffle back through all that writing in the spring of your senior year and neither do your teachers want to when we grade. Be brief but thorough. Remember the purpose of the notes is to have a record of the readings for your use to review prior to the AP exam. A. Setting/s-Find quotes that show evidence of the setting. Then discuss the importance of the setting as it is relative to the rest of the story. B. Brief summary of the plot. Include 5 significant quotes that show the development of the plot. C. Character motivation- Find a quote that characterizes each major and minor character. D. Themes- messages/ ideas that author intends to address. Give proof from work that each theme exists in work. These should be major issues that affect the plot. E. Motifs- types of people, things/images, ideas that keep appearing F. Author’s connection to the topic (why he/she wrote it) – You will have to research the author’s life for this. Please document the source using MLA style documentation. Please do not give any other info on author except the connection that the work has to his/her life. G. Author’s style of writing- certain words, dialect, sentence structure, etc, you notice that are distinctive just to this work. Does the author use lots of similes or other things? Use quotes from text H. Tone- Identify the overall attitudes the author/narrator conveys to the reader and list words or phrases that help create these attitudes. I. Mood created in you by the workWhat feelings do you get from reading this, and what strategies does the author use to create this mood. (actions of characters, a certain character’s point of view, setting, word choice, dialect/ character speech, etc ) J. Symbolism- Please list any symbols that exist and explain what they stand for. Research can be helpful here. Please document any sources that you may use. Use MLA form of documentation. K. 2 Significant passages from text along with an explanation of why these are important. **Note to Students: You selected to be in the honors program because you wanted an education that would prepare you for college studies. Using Spark Notes or some similar website to gather the information does not take the place of reading the book. The information you gather from Cliffs Notes, Pink Monkey or some other commentary is not going to give you in analyzing text. The English department strongly encourages you to use these resources as helpers as you read the assigned text. But to use them in place of reading the text is going to make you useless during class discussions. You have no idea what you are talking about, and it will be obvious. You will be tested on the book upon return to school- no matter which semester you take English and your notebook will also be graded. Those grades do count toward your 1st semester grade in English. *** Please turn in your book and assignment to your English teacher at the beginning of school. Teachers do cover the summer reading novel during their classes but do not give you time to read since you should have already read the book.