2014-2015 English Honors/AP Summer Reading Selections
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Please read and follow the instructions below for students entering Honors or AP English. It is important to complete this assignment thoroughly in order to be prepared for class activities and ensure a successful start to Honors or AP English.
Students should read the text and complete annotations for the corresponding English course they will be enrolled in for the 2014-2015 school year.
1. Obtain a print or digital copy of the following text:
Please be advised that electronic devices (phones, iPads, Kindles, laptops, tablets, etc.) will not be allowed in the assessment area.
2. Review annotation resources and download the graphic organizer on the DCS Summer Reading website http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/summerreading.
Record your annotations electronically and print them out, or print the graphic organizer out and write your annotations by hand.
3. Read the novel making annotations in the text and/or completing the graphic organizer. See the DCS Summer Reading website above for resources on annotating texts.
4. Bring a hard copy of the completed graphic organizer and/or your annotated
copy of the text to school for submission to your teacher on the first day class meets.
5. Respond to a writing prompt, in essay format, using your personal copy of the annotated text and/or completed graphic organizer. Students will write in either their English class or after school on the second day ofthe school year, regardless of the semester they have English.
*Texts and graphic organizers will be returned to students when scored essays are returned.
Instructions for the Graphic Organizer:
Choose three of the following themes/motifs or literary elements to trace throughout the novel.
For each theme/motif, you must find three quotes and analyze how each quote pertains to that particular theme/motif; for each literary element, you must find three quotes (examples) and analyze its impact on the novel. (See sample quote/analysis).
You should have a total of nine entries. An example from The Secret Life of Bees has been provided.
English I: The Secret Life of Bees
· Characterization (direct and indirect)
· Role/Influence of Women
· Theme: Motherhood
· Theme: Moral Education
· Theme: Irrationality of Racism
English II: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
· Character Development
· Theme: Identity
· Theme: Family Relationships
· Theme: Coming of Age
English III: The Poisonwood Bible
· Narrative Tone(s)
· Imagery (Religious)
· Theme: Personal Responsibility
· Theme: Guilt and Blame
· Theme: Language and Communication
English IV: 1984
· Allusion (impacting on meaning/purpose)
· Theme: Change
· Theme: Government Oppression
· Theme: Societal Prejudices
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