Capital City Public Charter School Summer Reading for ENGLISH III Dear Rising 11th Grade Students, This summer, you will be required to read two books to prepare for your English class next year. Both books must be completed by September 2, 2014, and you must arrive to our first class with the packet completed. The packet includes the worksheet on the 2nd page and TWO essays (one for each book) explained below. Of the two books you read, one of them must be A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines; you can check this book out at the library. The second book must be a selection from the list of titles below. When reading these two books, you are required to be an active reader. Ask questions about the text and try to answer those questions. Identify and trace the major and minor conflicts throughout the text. Consider the role each character plays in propelling the events of the text forward. Who are the major characters and why? Who are the minor characters and why? Which characters evolve during the piece (round characters) and which characters stay the same (flat characters)? What is the author’s attitude toward the subject (tone)? What mood is created? Make predictions throughout the piece; comment on your predictions as you read. You are expected to engage with the text throughout the reading. That means, don’t read the whole thing then write some stuff down. Write as you read! Keep a journal. Your second book must come from this list: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain The Awakening-Kate Chopin Autobiography and Other Writings - Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography of Malcolm X-Malcolm X Before We Were Free-Julia Alvarez Black Boy or Native Son-Richard Wright The Bluest Eye-Toni Morrison Soul Enchilada- David M. Gill Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway Go Tell It on the Mountain-James Baldwin Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 1984-George Orwell My Antonia - Willa Cather Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass Animal Farm-George Notes of a Native Son-James Baldwin Brave New World-Aldous Huxley Our Town - Thornton Wilder Raisin in the Sun-Lorraine Hansberry The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne Their Eyes were Watching God-Zora Neale Hurston Walden - Henry David Thoreau The Yellow Wallpaper-Charlotte Perkins Gilman Me Talk Pretty One Day-David Sedaris The Help-Kathryn Stockett I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Maya Angelou We hope you read several books this summer! Enjoy your summer of relaxed reading with the goal of loving what you read! Check out Amazon.com to see book summaries before you choose your second book. We wish you the best of summers and look forward to seeing you in September for the start of our year together. Warmest regards, CCPCS English Department Name: ______________________________________________________ Date: ______________________ ENGLISH III: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines INSTRUCTIONS: Complete this worksheet as you are reading, and then type or write your essay and attach it to this worksheet. You will submit both the worksheet and essay on the first day of class. I. Characters: Matching _____ Mr. Gropé _____ Jefferson _____ Brother and Bear _____ Grant _____ Miss Emma _____ Henri Pichot _____ Vivian _____ Paul _____ Tante Lou _____ Guidry _____ Reverend Ambrose II. Plot Sequencing: Number the following events from 1-7 in chronological order. ____ Jefferson refuses to talk or eat the food that Miss Emma has brought him. ____ Grant sits alone under a pecan tree while Jefferson is executed. ____ Grant brings Jefferson a radio and then a little notebook. ____ Jefferson faces a jury of 12 white men who find him guilty of murder. ____ Jefferson writes in his diary that the first time he cried is when the children visited him. ____ Miss Emma pleads with Mr. Henri to let Grant visit Jefferson. ____ Grant’s students perform a Christmas play and dedicate it to Jefferson. III. Comprehension: Write your answers in complete sentences. 1. Grant’s aunt, insists he help Jefferson 2. Grant’s supportive girlfriend 3. Young, kind deputy 4. Falsely accused of murder, executed 5. Sheriff, rule-driven 6. Narrator, asked to make Jefferson a man 7. Asked to save Jefferson’s soul 8. Old, white, murdered storekeeper 9. Wealthy, white landowner 10. Jefferson’s godmother 11. Tried to steal wine from the store 1. Describe the setting of the novel. 2. Describe the narrator of the story. 3. What initial incident sets this story in motion? 4. What do Tante Lou and Miss Emma expect from Grant? Does he deliver? IV. Short Essay: In your opinion, who is the hero of the novel and why? On a separate sheet of paper, write an essay of at least one page explaining your answer using textual evidence. English III Reading Journal for Summer Reading Assignment for Book of Choice For your second book, you will write a Reading Journal. Your journal should be typed, 12pt font, doublespaced and be at least two pages long: one page for the summary and one page for the reflection. You will submit this paper on the first day of class. NOTE: ALL WRITING SHOULD BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS or the source must be cited. Otherwise, it is considered plagiarism, and you will be subject to disciplinary action. Reading Summary Write a thoughtful one-page summary of your novel that includes the following: Paragraph 1: Background information: Setting (time and place) and characters with descriptions Paragraph 2: Plot summary: Summary of the action of the novel Paragraph 3: Literary techniques: discussion of themes, author’s tones, figurative language, etc. Reading Response Write a one-page reflection that captures your honest response to the book. In this section you will discuss your feelings, thoughts, reactions, and questions about situations, ideas, actions, characters, settings, symbols, plots, themes, and any other elements in the story. You can't be wrong in your responses, so take risks and be honest. Write about what you like and dislike, what seems confusing or unusual to you. If you’re stuck, you can use the questions below to get you started. Do not just answer these questions! They are meant to get you thinking. Write your response in paragraph form. 1. Choose a character. What is the biggest problem s/he struggles with? What advice would you give him/her? 2. What character do you sympathize with the most? What do you have in common with this character? 3. Pick one character and explain why you would/would not like to have him/her as a friend. 4. Describe and explain why you would/would not like to have lived in the time or place of the story. 5. Describe a conflict in the book that relates to one you have experienced. How are the two experiences similar? How are they different? 6. Write a letter to a friend explaining why you do or do not recommend this book. 7. Write a book review for the book that can be sent to a local newspaper. 8. Rewrite the ending of the novel. 2nd ENGLISH III SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT BOOK POSTER Instructions: Choose a book to read from the assigned list. Create a poster for the book that conveys the most important information in your novel in an engaging way. You should bring your poster to class on the first day of school, September 2, 2014. It will be graded using the following rubric. Component Important events/plots Main characters Text/headline Visually appealing Setting 4 Two or more scenes that give the reader a full sense of the story. Includes major characters, some minor characters, you can tell importance, personalities, and relationships Title, text provides a clear summary, outstanding quote(s) and/or review(s), catchphrase, Multiple colors, contrasting, exceptional effort/thought, images expertly convey content from novel Tells exactly when and where the book occurred. 3 At least one scene that reflects an important event in the story. Shows major characters and some importance and personalities 2 1 A vague scene No events are shown. that does not show much about the story. Shows major Doesn’t show main characters but you characters can’t tell importance Title, quotes from movie or book, text provides a summary Title, few additional words, tells some but not enough Bland, Only the title, no additional text More then 4 colors shows enough effort/thought, images sufficiently convey content from novel Some color, little thought/effort, little visual appeal, images connect to the content of the novel. Provides a suggestion about the place of the book. No effort, no color, not visually appealing, plain It tells when and where but not being specific. Didn’t give any clues of when and where the setting is.