Instructions for English 10, 6.0 Summer Reading
of All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Below are the steps needed to complete the summer reading assignment for students entering the
sophomore English Honors program at North Penn High School. In order to begin your first year at the
high school in a successful way, be sure to complete all assignments thoroughly. Please note, your
summer reading work is an individual assignment that should be completed independently.
All Quiet on the Western Front
1. Purchase book: We recommend the edition translated by A.W. Wheen and published by Fawcett
Crest. ISBN #: 0-449-91149-7
2. Download the thematic and stylistic graphic organizers below into a Word document where you will
record your answers.
3. Read the novel and complete the graphic organizers on your computer. Save all of your work.
4. Bring a hard copy of the completed typed graphic organizers to school to be collected on the first day
Life of Pi
1. Purchase book: We recommend the edition published by Harcourt, INC.
ISBN #: 0-15-602732-1
2. Use the format of the dialectical journal below to record your selected quotes and analysis.
3. Read the novel and complete the dialectical journal. Your journal MUST be handwritten. Typed
dialectical journals will NOT be accepted.
4. Bring the completed handwritten dialectical journal to school to be collected on the first day class
Each student will take a multiple-choice quiz on each novel within the first cycle of school. Combined,
the quizzes will be worth approximately 10% of the total number of points in the first marking period.
All Quiet on the Western Front:
Theme Graphic Organizer
Directions: Complete the chart below using the sample model for theme #1 as a reference.
Be sure to provide at least two effective examples for each theme. You may use a direct
quote or write an example in your own words.
Theme Example Pg Significance
1. Nature of Power (Sample: “The army is 44 Men in positions of power
(how individuals control based on that; …a non-com. often take advantage of those
others) can torment a private, a below them without having a
lieutenant a non-com., a real reason or purpose. When
captain a lieutenant, until people are given power,
he goes mad. And because especially those who have not
they know they can, they all had it before, they tend to lose
soon acquire the habit more perspective of what is right. It
or less.”) is the nature of power to
overwhelm those who have it.
brought on by war
3. Horrors of war
4. Anti-war stance/
arguments against war
5. Loss of innocence
6. Alienation of a
generation – the “Lost
7. People are the same
All Quiet on the Western Front
Style Graphic Organizer
Directions: Complete the chart below using the sample model for style #2 as a reference. Be
sure to provide at least two effective examples for each theme. You must use direct quotes
for the first two categories in this chart.
Style Example Pg Significance
1. Realistic – graphic,
detailed, to the point,
stark word choice
2. Poetic – use of (Sample: “The gas still 69 Personification – the gas
figurative language creeps over the ground and creeps
(metaphor, simile, sinks into all the hollows. Simile – gas compared to
symbols, imagery, irony, Like a big, soft jellyfish it jellyfish
tone, point of view, floats into our shell-hole Irony – soft, seemingly
personification), and lolls there obscenely.”) harmless creature that is
arresting description to deadly (this is also a good
clarify what is being example of contrast)
discussed Imagery – creates a picture of
the movement of the gas
3. Contrasting –
opposite detail either in
Dialectical Journal for Life of Pi
English 10 Honors
Your dialectical journal for The Life of Pi will be a conversation on the page. On the left you will write
important quotations from the novel; on the right you will write why the quote is significant in the
context of the story. Set it up like this:
Note Taking Note Making
Citing page numbers, write significant excerpts Directly across from the significant excerpts,
from the text on this side of the page. The write your original ideas about the importance
excerpts of text will add meaning for your of the text. This analysis must be at least two
understanding of one of the following themes: to three complete sentences. Your analysis
Coming of Age/Maturity should include
Faith and Religion Interpretation of how the quote
Fear illustrates the theme.
Explanation of how the quote fits in
with the plot of the novel.
Cite 12 entries total. The entries must
appear in chronological order. Entries 1-3
should correspond with all of Part I –
Chapters 1-36; Entries 4-6 with Chapters
37-58; Entries 7-9 with Chapters 37-58;
Entries 10-12 with Chapters 85-100. Be sure
to specify the theme discussed in your entry
with an C(oming of Age), R(eligion), or F(ear)
as shown below.
Examples (You may NOT use these!):
R – “Bapu Ghandi said, „All religions are true.‟ I
just want to love God”, I blurted out, and looked Pi is frustrated with his teachers and parents who
down, red in the face. (Chapter 23) insist that he choose one religion to follow. Instead,
Pi seeks a simpler version of faith that does not
include the controversies and arguments that adults
squabble over. Pi has intense faith, but he is not
F – “I looked Richard Parker dead in the eyes.
Suddenly his brute strength meant only moral Pi finally confronts the fear that has been mentally
weakness. It was nothing compared to the strength exhausting him throughout his excursion. He
in my mind” (Chapter 80) realizes that he has nothing to fear since his mental
strength far surpasses the tiger‟s physical strength.
C – “It was Richard Parker who calmed me down.
It is the irony of this story that the one who scared Pi realizes that his experience with the tiger brought
me witless to start with was the very same who him to maturity. He has found a sense of self and
brought me peace, purpose, I dare say even purpose that he was lacking in his life before he was
wholeness.” (Chapter 57) stranded on the raft.