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Summer Reading 2011

Windham High School English Department


T
o read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke
Message from the English Department

The development of literacy is an ongoing process that continues beyond the confines of school. Just as an athlete continually practices his or her sport or an actor practices his or her lines, reading is a skill that improves with practice.


*Please note:

For students in AP and Honors classes, the work is required. Students enrolled in AP classes will be dropped from the course if summer work is not completed on time. In Honors classes, students who do not complete their summer work will incur point penalties that will make it impossible to earn an “A”.


Students in Academic and Standard classes are strongly encouraged to read this summer and they can earn extra credit during the first semester of the year.
Detailed descriptions of the requirements and deadlines for all grades and levels are included in this brochure.
All of the books chosen are discussed in a mature and professional manner. Many include adult themes and some include strong language. We encourage parents and students to utilize the following book reviews to help them navigate this material:

http://www.kirkusreviews.com/



Table of Contents

Summer Enrichment Program Description 3

Class of 2015 Selections

English I Honors Summer Assignment 4


Class of 2014 Selections

English II Honors Summer Assignment 5


Class of 2013 Selections

* English III Honors Summer Assignment 7

* English III Advanced Placement Assignment 9
Class of 2012 Selections

English IV Honors Summer Assignment 12

English IV Advanced Placement Assignment 14

*Students enrolled in AP US History have some shared assignments with either Eng III Honors or AP Eng Lang. Please pay close attention to the requirements.

Summer Enrichment Program
This program is for students enrolled in Standard and Academic level courses only.
Students that participate in this program may earn extra credit for reading and responding to what they have read. A reader-response sheet will be available in the main office at WHS or on Mrs. Heric’s faculty website: http://www.windham.k12.me.us/wsd_hs/staff/aheric/
Students must complete a response sheet for each book read (up to five) and submit those sheets on the first white or maroon day class in the fall of ’11. For each sheet completed and submitted, the student will earn points that s/he can choose to apply to their overall first and/or second quarter grades (5 points maximum). The teacher reserves the right not to allow credit if a sheet is plagiarized, incomplete, and/or of inferior quality.
Students should note that given their reading choice, points can be earned in their social studies course as well.
Students participating in this program must select their books from the any of the book lists on the Young Adult Library Services Association website:

This link will bring you to a page with several lists of award-wining novels, as well as lists of recommended books by genre. www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists

If you have any questions about this program, you may email Mrs. Heric at aheric@grsu14.org

Class of 2015

English I Honors Summer Reading

English I Honors Summer Books

Read 2 books and complete the assessment.


One Required –

* A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleed Hosseini

One Choice - Choose from the following list:

* The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

* Life of Pi by Yann Martel



* Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.

* Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio


Part I

As you read your choice novel, select FOUR quotes (or passages) that piqued your interest. A quote does not mean dialogue with quotation marks; any words you select from a text become a quote. Choose passages that capture important ideas. Your passages must be representative of the various parts of the story – beginning, middle, and end. Answering these questions will help you get started with your responses:


* Why did you choose this particular passage?

* Which characters are involved in this part of the story?

* How is this passage advancing the plot/story line?

* How does the passage relate to you?

* What predictions can you make based on this passage?
Part II

You will have an in-class assessment over the required reading (A Thousand Splendid Suns) during the first week of class.


For EACH quote, your response should be one double-spaced, typed page (12-point font). I am looking for focused responses that reveal your close reading of the text. Include the page number for each quote.
Send your work to the teacher on your schedule. Your assignment must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2011:

Mrs. Enkosky Mrs. Bragdon

Windham High School Windham High School

406 Gray Rd. 406 Gray Rd.

Windham, ME 04062 Windham, ME 04062

Class of 2014

English II Honors Summer Reading
English II Honors Summer Books

Read 2 books and complete the assignments.


Contemporary – One Required

*Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

*The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

*A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

*Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Classics – One Required

* Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

* Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

* Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Part I

As you read your contemporary selection, select FOUR quotes (or passages) that piqued your interest. A quote does not mean dialogue with quotation marks; any words you select from a text become a quote. Choose passages that capture important ideas. Your passages must be representative of the various parts of the story – beginning, middle, and end. Answering these questions will help you get started with your responses:



* The context: (The setting, the characters involved, and important previous events affecting the passage)

* The significance : (Why this particular passage was selected)

* How the passage advances the plot/story line: (How previous events have contributed to this moment in the text and/or how later events are affected by this passage)

* Influence of literary devices on the passage: (How have elements of symbolism, foreshadowing, conflict, etc. influenced one's understanding of the text)

* How does the passage relate to you?

* What predictions can you make based on this passage?

For EACH quote, your response should be two typed pages (12-point font). We are looking for focused responses that reveal your close reading of the text. Include the page number for each quote.


You must mail your completed responses (eight pages) to the assigned teacher on your schedule. Your assignment must be postmarked no later than August 15th, 2011:

Mr. Lawrence

Windham High School

406 Gray Road

Windham, ME 04062
Part II

You will have an in-class assessment over the classic reading selection during the first week of class.



Class of 2013

English III Honors Summer Reading

Part I

Read the novel To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic in American literature. It is an engaging and very enjoyable story that speaks to the themes of coming of age and racism in the South. You are to keep a Reader Response Journal on this novel. Your journal must contain at least five interesting and provocative quotes from the novel. Identify the speaker and circumstances surrounding the words. You should react in depth to each quotation you choose: reflect on the quote’s significance in character development, theme, tone, point of view, etc. Meaningful and well-developed responses are expected. This reader response journal must be word-processed.


Part II

You will have an in-class assessment over To Kill a Mocking bird during the first week of class.


You must mail your completed journal to the assigned teacher on your schedule. Your assignment must be postmarked no later than July 29th, 2011:

Mrs. Heric

Windham High School

406 Gray Road

Windham, ME 04062
Part III

Students will read to understand how accounts of a factual matter can be presented very differently and yet both still contain an accurate history of events.


Materials

-Chapter 1 of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

-Questions over the Zinn reading

-Two articles about Columbus



Process

-Read Zinn and answer the questions.

-Read the two articles about Columbus.

-Write a two page persuasive essay on the following topic: Columbus: Hero or Villain?
Your essay must be word-processed and double-spaced. Be mindful of the structure of all formal essays (introduction with thesis statement, body paragraphs, and conclusion). Your essay will be graded using the WHS Writing Rubric (available online).
Please note: Plagiarism or failure to complete satisfactorily all of the summer reading requirements on time will result in a twelve percent deduction on your first quarter grade.
Bring a paper copy of your essay to the school office by August 15, 2011. When you do so, be sure to ask a secretary, teacher, or administrator to sign your paper and to include the date. An e-mail submission is not sufficient; only hard copies are acceptable. You may mail your essay, which must be postmarked by August 15, 2011 to:
Mrs. Heric

Windham High School

406 Gray Rd

Windham ME 04062



Class of 2013

English III Advanced Placement

Part I

* Read chapters 1-22 of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

Every 4 chapters (5 total summaries & responses)



* Bulleted summary of what has happened in the story (12 items)

* 1-2 pages of your reaction to what you read. Consider what points Sinclair is making about American society and the immigrant experience. Evaluate the way Sinclair’s tone and language contribute to his main points. Meaningful and well-developed responses are expected.

* This should be typed, double-spaced in Times New Roman font, 12 point font.
This is due July 29th and should either be mailed or dropped off at the high school office. If mailed, your materials must be postmarked by July 29th, and if dropped off, please have a secretary initial and date your materials. No emails will be accepted for summer work assignments.

Please send your materials for AP ENG LANG to:

Jeff Sanders

Windham High School

406 Gray Rd

Windham ME 04062


Part II

Your assignment is to read 5 liberal columns and 5 conservative columns and fill out the attached form (one form for each column). All columns should be published in July 2011. Listed below are some columnists from which you can choose. You will be able to find all of these writers online or in your local newspaper.


This is due August 15th and should either be mailed or dropped off at the high school office. If mailed, your materials must be postmarked by August 15th, and if dropped off, please have a secretary initial and date your materials. No emails will be accepted for summer work assignments.

Please send your materials for AP ENG LANG to:

Jeff Sanders

Windham High School

406 Gray Rd

Windham ME 04062



Liberal Columnists:

Helen Thomas www.thebostonchannel.com/helenthomas/index.html

Jay Bookman http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog

Jim Hightower www.hightowerlowdown.org

Julianne Malveaux www.juliannemalveaux.com

Richard Reeves www.richardreeves.com

Maureen Dowd – New York Times – www.nytimes.com

David Broder – Washington Post – www.washingtonpost.com

Mark Shields - The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour – www.creators.com

Bill Nemitz – Portland Press Herald – www.pressherald.com

Thomas Friedman – New York Times – www.nytimes.com

William Kristol – New York Times – www.nytimes.com




Conservative Columnists:

Karl Rove www.rove.com/articles

Michael Reagan www.reagan.com

Pat Buchanan http://buchanan.org/blog/category/columns

Cal Thomas www.calthomas.com – go to columns on left side

Bill O’Reilly http://www.billoreilly.com/currentarticle

Ann Coulter www.anncoulter.com

George Will – Washington Post – www.washingtonpost.com

Jonah Goldbert – LA Times – www.latimes.com

Bill Kristol – The Weekly Standard – www.weeklystandard.com

Morton M. Kondracke - Roll Call – www.rollcall.com

E.J. Dionne, Jr. - The Washington Post – www.washingtonpost.com

David Broder – Washington Post – www.washingtonpost.com

George Will – Washington Post – www.washingtonpost.com

Andy Rooney – Tribune Media Services – www.tmsfeatures.com


Part III:

Understanding how accounts of a factual matter can be presented very differently and both still contain an accurate accounting of what took place.


Materials:

Chapter 1 of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Questions over the Zinn reading.

Two articles about Columbus
Process:

Read Zinn and answer the questions in the provided packet.

Read the two articles about Columbus.

Write a 2-3 page persuasive essay on the topic: Columbus: Hero or Villain?

Your essay will be graded using the WHS Writing Rubric. Particular attention should be paid to your thesis statement and the use of evidence in your body paragraphs.
This is due August 15th and should either be mailed or dropped off at the high school office. If mailed, your materials must be postmarked by August 15th, and if dropped off, please have a secretary initial and date your materials. No emails will be accepted for summer work assignments.

Please send your materials for AP ENG LANG to:


Jeff Sanders

Windham High School

406 Gray Rd

Windham ME 04062

Please note: Plagiarism or failure to complete satisfactorily ALL of the summer reading requirements ON TIME will result in your removal from the course. No exceptions. Plan ahead.

Class of 2012

English IV Honors Summer Books
You will take a trip this summer into some distinguished and enjoyable works that will introduce you to some of the Essential Questions that we explore in English IV and which will inform much of our study and discussion.
1) You will read Seamus Heaney’s edition of Beowulf. England’s first epic, it is the story of the hero Beowulf and his conquests. We will use this as a starting point in discussing the Essential Question: “How do a culture’s archetypes embody its values?”
After you have read this work and the accompanying handout of background material, write a 2 – 3 page, word-processed essay in which you address these questions: What are the attributes of an Anglo-Saxon hero? What is expected of the followers of an Anglo-Saxon lord? What is revealed about Anglo-Saxon culture in this epic? Formulate a thesis and develop it with specific examples from the text. Use MLA format.
Bring a paper copy of your essay to the school office by Monday, August 15, 2011. When you do so, be sure to ask a secretary, teacher, or administrator to sign your paper and to include the date to verify its timely delivery. An e-mail submission is not sufficient; only hard copies are acceptable. You may mail your essay, which must be postmarked by August 15, 2011, to your teacher, either Mrs. Grimaldi or Mrs. Guy.
Mrs. Grimaldi Mrs. Guy

Windham High School Windham High School

406 Gray Rd 406 Gray Rd

Windham, ME 04062 Windham, ME 04062



2) You will read Henry James’ short work, The Turn of the Screw. A “story within a story”, it is both an engaging classic ghost story and a fascinating psychological mystery. Its theme correlates with the Essential Question “How do we distinguish between appearance and reality?”
As you finish reading this short work, think about the following questions:
a) Who do you believe is ultimately responsible for Miles’ death and Flora’s breakdown?

b) Are the ghosts and corruption of the children real?

c) What conclusions can be drawn about the psychological state of the governess? Was she hallucinating? Did the ghosts appear only to her, or did they appear to both her and the children?

d) In general, what appears to be true and what is actually true? How would you summarize what has happened?


In a reader response format, respond to each of the above four questions separately. First, find a passage or quotation from the novel that can be cited to support a response to the question. Then, write two to three well-developed paragraphs (150 – 200 words) that respond to the question and which explain how the passage you chose supports your answer. These four reader responses must be word-processed. They are due on the first day the class meets.
3) Read Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House. Students will take a test on this work when school begins. The test will include, but not necessarily be limited to, an in-class essay that deals with the Essential Question: “How do cultural expectations define gender roles?”


Class of 2011

English IV Advanced Placement Summer Books
Read these 4 books and complete assessments.

* Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

* Beowulf Seamus Heaney edition

*Grendel by John Gardner

* The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay OR



*A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
1) Beowulf – Seamus Heaney edition. This is England’s first great epic. This is the story of the hero Beowulf and his conquests. We will use this work as a starting point in the discussion of our first literary theme – the Hero. Please read and study Richard Wilbur’s poem “Beowulf” as well as the Time magazine article entitled “The Gospel of Superman”. Assessment: In September we will conduct a Socratic seminar to assess your knowledge and understanding of the concept of “isolation of the hero” as it applies to all three pieces. We will also discuss how Beowulf embodies the values of the culture from which it emerges. Complete the attached handouts.
2) Grendel by John Gardner This is a humorous retelling of the Beowulf story from the point of view of the monster, Grendel. After you read this novel, complete the attached handouts and write a three to four page essay in which you compare and contrast Beowulf and Grendel in terms of their purposes, the characters Beowulf, Grendel, Unferth, and Hrothgar. Consider tone and point of view. This essay and handouts will be due on the first day class meets.
3) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – This is a classic frame story, or story within a story. This is a short but intense novel packed with symbols and images. You will:
a) Make a list of 25 separate symbols/images/motifs in the novel. For example, a French gunboat firing a cannon randomly into the jungle is noteworthy (hint). Or, perhaps you notice the potential of a bunch of rivets or a sunken steamer (hint, hint).

b) Write a 3 to 5 page essay on the significance of any ONE of your images or symbols. Develop a plausible and intelligent thesis to support with an insightful analysis that uses a number of significant textual citations. MLA format is expected.

The due date is Monday, August 9, 2011. You may mail your essay and separate list of symbols to:
Beth Guy

Windham High School

406 Gray Rd.

Windham, ME 04062


The envelope must be postmarked no later than midnight August 9, 2011. You may hand-deliver the envelope to the main office on or before the due date, in which case you must have a secretary or administrator sign the envelope or essay to verify its timely delivery.

4) A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – This is a novel of dystopia that carries some important messages regarding government, gender, and a host of other topics.


OR (your choice)
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – This is an uplifting story of a young South African youth growing up in the years prior to World War II.
Assessment: You will keep a reader response journal on whichever of these novels you choose. Your journal should contain at least nine interesting and provocative quotations from the novel. You should react in depth to the quotation - explain its significance in terms of character, tone, point of view, theme, etc. Last (#10); include your personal response to the novel and what it means to you. This reader response journal should be word-processed. Note page numbers for quotations and editions of works you use. This reader response journal will be due on the first day class meets.
Please note: Plagiarism or failure to complete satisfactorily ALL of the summer reading requirements ON TIME will result in your removal from the course. No exceptions. Plan ahead.
Have a great summer and enjoy your adventures into some great literature!!



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