English IV Honors Summer Reading Assignment

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					                                              Pre-AP English I (9th grade)
                             Summer Reading Assignment for the 2011-2012 School Year
                                                Ms. Regina Sitzes

The Purpose of Pre-AP
The Pre-AP English I class is designed to prepare you for continued success in Pre-AP and AP English classes. Not only
will you engage in a year of extensive advanced studies to prepare for college-level work, but you will also have the
privilege of examining some of the world's great literature. In addition to literature, you will intensely study grammar
and writing.

Summer Reading Deadlines and Expectations
    You MUST bring your summer reading books to class and have the summer reading assignments completed by
      the first day of school.
    You MUST annotate the texts (see Appendix A for annotation guidelines) to be prepared for exams, class
      discussions, and writing assignments. You may be expected to take a comprehensive exam for a major grade
      over all or part of the summer reading assignment. The summer reading may also be a basis for essays and/or
      projects counting for additional grades.
    It is the responsibility of the student to purchase or locate his or her copy of the summer reading. The books
      may be purchased at Barnes and Noble (Denton location), Recycled Books on the square in Denton, and various
      Half-Price Books locations. You may check out your book from the Sanger Public Library as well. (If you check
      out your book, please use sticky notes or a journal to annotate.)
    This assignment will be posted on the SHS library or homepage.

Pre-AP English I (9th grade) SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS
1. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
     A. Due Monday, August 22nd: Turn in your annotated novel.
     B. Due Tuesday, August 23rd:
               A poster presentation with pictures of the people, places, and things in your life, on YOUR STREET.
                    Arrange these pictures on a poster board and include under each picture a descriptive explanation of
                    the importance of the people or subject of each picture.
               Use a regular, full size poster board.
               You may use scanned copies of pictures if necessary. These will be in our classroom all year, so if you
                    need the pictures back, make copies or scan them.
               If you are new to the school it is okay to do your poster over your old street.

2. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    A. Due Monday, August 22nd: Turn in your annotated novel.
    B. Due Tuesday, August 23rd:
        All students entering Pre-AP English I must read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This reading should be
        completed before the first day of class. During reading, each student should keep a double entry journal. The
        double entry journal consists of two columns on one page. In the left-hand column, you will record quotations
        from the book that have some sort of significance to the tone, theme, or style of the book. In the right-hand
        column, you will record your response to the quotation or why it is important. These responses should NOT be
        summaries of what the quotation already says; it should include additional insight, analysis, or inference from
        you. You should have a minimum of 2 entries per chapter, and at least 5 entries (total) should address a literary
        element (see Appendix A) Be prepared for a test over the novel on Thursday, August 25th.


Do not use any outside sources, other than the book itself (and Appendix A), to complete this assignment. Plagiarism will result in
no credit for the assignment as well as disciplinary action.
If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to e-mail me at rsitzes@sangerisd.net or reginasitzes@yahoo.com
I am traveling a lot this summer so give me a day or two after you e-mail me to get back with you. I'm looking forward to seeing you
in August!
Sample Double-Entry Journal



        Important Quotations                                         Student Reflection
1. “The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently   1. This quotation tells me two things: first, the event
breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was     has already happened and the story is being retold to
gruesome…”                                                us; second, the mood has been set as mysterious and
                                                          eerie. We get the mood from words and phrases like
                                                          “round the fire,” “breathless,” and “gruesome.” I
                                                          predict this to be a suspenseful story.




                            Making the M.O.S.T.T out of Reading! (one way to annotate)

M: Make a list of all the characters as you encounter them. Add a short description of each one as you go so
you can easily remember him/her. Keep this paper in the front of the book.

O: Organize the plot by summarizing each chapter after you read it. Keep all your summaries together OR
place each chapter’s summary on the first page of that chapter.

S: Stick a tab (sticky note) in the book where you feel especially engaged (the characters, the writing, the plot
elements are exciting or you feel connected somehow) – write a brief message on the sticky note to explain why
you placed it there.

T: Take the time to record unfamiliar words you find as you read. Write the page number of the word, a brief
quotation (to show how the word is used), and the definition of the word. Keep these organized by chapter to
make them easy to find later!

T: THEME means the truth, the lesson, and/or the moral the author is trying to get across. Theme makes the
book relevant/significant to the reader. The novel may be entertaining, but if you look beyond the lines/events,
the novel can teach us something about life. On a piece of paper, write (in sentence form) what you think the
theme(s) of the novel may be; explain why you think so.

*This is NOT the only way to annotate. This is just a guideline as annotating is basically having a
"conversation" with what you are reading.
                                     Appendix A

                 Plot :     sequence of events in a story, novel or play,
                               each causing or leading to the next

             Exposition:    intro. to characters, setting, and situations
        Narrative hook:     catches the reader’s attention
           Rising action:   adds complications to the conflict; leads to climax
 Conflict/ complication:    struggle b/w 2 opposing forces
      External conflict:    person vs. outside force
                                    (another person, nature, fate or society)
               Climax:      point of highest emotional involvement
         Falling action:    presents the results of climax
            Resolution:     gives the final outcome
        Foreshadowing:      use of clues by the author to prepare readers for
                                  events coming later

         Irony in plot      contrast between reality and what seems to be real
       Situational irony: what happens in a situation is the opposite of what
                               we expect
           Verbal irony: when a person says one thing and means another
         Dramatic irony: when the audience has important info the
                              characters do not
           Character:       a person in a story, novel or play

          Flat character:   reveals only one personality trait
       Round character:     shows varied, sometimes contradictory traits
  Stereotyped character:    common character type whose actions are predictable
        Static character:   does not change in the course of the story
     Dynamic character:     changes, usually grows


  Characterization :        personality of a character and the method an author
                                  uses to reveal that personality

 Direct characterization: author states facts about a char.

Indirect characterization: reveals a character’s personality thru
                              1. character’s words and actions
                              2. what other char say & think about him
              Setting    : place and time in which a story, play or novel
                               takes place
                    time year, month, season etc. –may not be stated
                   place location of events
              atmosphere emotional mood, not weather
                             relationship of the storyteller to the story
      Point of View:         [not the author & not to be confused with opinion]
        First person pov:    story told by one of the characters, referred to as “I”
                   Effect:   the reader gets only one view and identifies with narr.
Limited third person pov:    narrator tells the story from a limited viewpoint of
                                only one character, speaking of the character as
                                “he” or “she”
                 Effect:     keeps secret: reader knows when the char.understands
         Omniscient pov:     narrator stands outside of the story
                 Effect:        “all seeing” as in the eyes of God

                             author’s message @ life, usually expressed as a
                Theme:          complete statement

            Stated theme: announced directly
          Implied theme: revealed gradually through the unfolding of the story

                             a person or object that represents something larger
                Symbol        than itself
                Example: the American flag represents the ideals of America,
                                freedom
                Allegory: 1. A story or fable with a clear secondary meaning
                                 beneath its literal story;
                          2. a symbolic narrative.
                 example Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes =an
                          allegory of the classic struggle of good vs. evil
                          An art form that holds something up to ridicule,
                Satire:   possibly in the hope that awareness may stimulate
                          change.
                  Parody: imitates a serious piece of work, such as literature,
                          music or artwork, for a humorous or satirical effect

				
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