Middle school is over; rejoice! There is no summer reading assigned. Why not read one of this year’s texts to get an academic head-start? The texts we will cover in this coming year are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Burton Raffel, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Here is a link to an Amazon list created for this class, and if you’re interesting in the standards being covered in this class, please visit this link.
English 2 Honors
(I’m posting this for my former freshmen.) The required summer reading text is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The English 2 Honors summer assignment is due on the first day of school, August 18th; here’s a “Crash Course US History” video that will help with the Vietnam War setting of the novel. The other texts for the year will include works such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Othello by William Shakespeare.
AP English Literature
The three summer texts are Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (If you didn’t sign out a summer packet from me before the end of school, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and then download the packet here and print it.) All three parts of the summer packet (the Mythology questions and the two theme logs) are due in class on August 18th. There will be a quote quiz on Jane Eyre on August 18th and an in-class essay on Siddhartha on August 19th. Once you have the Mythology questions completed, I don’t expect you to spend any more time in the summer studying Mythology; that quizzie won’t happen for a few weeks. The suggested reading order is as follows: Mythology, Siddhartha, Jane Eyre.Texts for the year will include William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Here is a link to an Amazon list created for this class. Monitor Focus closely this summer to be sure that you are indeed enrolled in my class; if not, contact your guidance counselor right away.