11th Grade IB/AP Literature and Composition
North Central High School
Summer Reading 2015
Task #1:
Summer Reading Required Text:
 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Task for Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies
 Determine a theme that is echoed in at least two of Lahiri’s short stories. In a
one-paragraph response of 250- 300 words, create an assertion based on
your identified theme. Using textual evidence, argue your assertion.
Example format for assertion (the words in bold are an example of a theme
 In [name of short story] and [name of short story] life lacks meaning without
Format of paper:
 Assertion
 Set quotation in context
 Quotation
 Analyze quotation to argue assertion
Papers must
 be double spaced.
 be typed in size 12 font.
 include your name and word count as a header.
Task #2:
Summer Reading Choice Novels:
 Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
 Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn
 Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
 Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony
 J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye
 William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
Task for summer reading choice novel- These novels typically appear as choices
on the AP exam for question number 3
 Choose one of the novels listed above.
 Read and annotate the novel. Look for literary devices and themes.
 Do not read Cliffs Notes or SparkNotes.