Summer Reading Annotation Requirements This annotation assignment is required for all books that are SPECIFICALLY designated for all English classes grades nine through twelve. This IS NOT a requirement for the library’s summer reading program. You will, however, take a test on your chosen book for the library’s summer reading program. Therefore, annotation might help you perform better on those tests. If you are unable to buy a personal copy of the text to annotate in, you may use post-it notes for your annotations. The annotated books should be brought to class on the FIRST day of school. Your English teacher will collect your books on this day and return them to you when they are graded; therefore, if you check books out from the library, you may want to renew them before you submit them to your teacher. You must write your name in permanent marker on the outer binding of the book. If you use post-it notes, your teacher will collect these after grading. You will also take assessments on your English summer reading on the first day of school. As with all work you do, your summer reading annotations and notes must be your own. We enforce the English Department’s plagiarism policies. Plagiarism policy for HTHS English department: Any evidence of plagiarism on ANY portion of the assignment will result in a “0” for the entire summer reading project, as well as disciplinary action. This course of action applies to all parties involved. English Summer Reading Selections (listed by grade level) Ninth Grade (Christy.Dooley@trussvillecityschools.com; Lacey.Johnson@trussvillecityschools.com; Michelle.McCombs@trussvillecityschools.com) General Ninth Grade will read the book listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Pre-AP Ninth Grade will read the books listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Heroes, Gods, and Monsters by Bernard Evslin The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Tenth Grade (Tonya.Capps@trussvillecityschools.com; Eric.Jenkins@trussvillecityschools.com ) General Tenth Grade will read the book listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Geeks by Jon Katz Pre-AP Tenth Grade will read the book listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Geeks by Jon Katz The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Eleventh Grade (Leslie.Terrell@trussvillecityschools.com or Simona.Herring@trussvillecityschools.com) General Eleventh Grade will read the book listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Jake Reinvented by Gordon Korman Pre-AP Eleventh Grade will read the books listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Jake Reinvented by Gordon Korman The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Eleventh Grade –AP (Jennifer.Cardwell@trussvillecityschools.com) will read the books listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg You also must read any ten essays from 100 Great Essays by Diyanni (make sure to get the latest edition) and respond to FIVE from one of the prompts at the conclusion of the essay. You must choose a prompt that will require you to incorporate text into your response. There should also be evidence of annotation of the twenty essays that you read; however, you will not need to adhere to all of the standards from the novel annotation requirements. Of the ten that you read, please include essays from the following writers: Russell Baker, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Frederick Douglass, WE.B. DuBois, Queen Elizabeth I, Ellen Goodman, Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Letter from Birmingham Jail”), George Orwell, Richard Rodriguez, Brent Staples, and James Thurber. Remember, ten essays must show evidence of annotation, but only five of the essays must have a hand-written essay response. One more thing to add (that will be fun!). We will communicate this summer through facebook. Please “add me” st to the page “Jennifer Cardwell” by June 1 . General Twelfth Grade (Helen.Henderson@trussvillecityschools.com ) will read the books listed below, as well as a book you choose from the library’s list. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Twelfth Grade – Dual Enrollment (Stephen.McClurg@trussvillecityschools.com or Jennifer.Cardwell@trussvillecityschools.com) Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation) Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, OR Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Twelfth Grade – AP (Stephen.McClurg@trussvillecityschools.com) Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Beowulf (Seamus Heaney translation) Mythology, Folklore, and Biblical References Project (DOWNLOAD this project document from Mr. McClurg’s sharepoint site. Look on the left-hand side under the tab “Summer Assignments.” You must do this before the last day of school, as the contents of our websites are deleted for a period during the summer.) In addition to the annotation assignment, each student must complete a Major Works Data sheet on Invisible Man and Oedipus Rex. DOWNLOAD this document from Mr. McClurg’s sharepoint site. Look on the left-hand side under the tab “Summer Assignments.” You must do this before the last day of school, as the contents of our websites are deleted for a period during the summer. Annotation Requirements for all English students: 1. Main Idea You must write one sentence at the conclusion of each chapter that summarizes the main idea. 2. Setting Annotate all passages that pertain to setting. Pay special attention to the first time each setting is introduced. In the beginning of each chapter, questions, descriptions, and comments about setting should be in the margins or on yellow post-it notes. 3. Characters As you read, annotate passages directly and indirectly characterizing the main characters. Use annotation or pink post-it notes to mark character passages. In the margin directly beside the passage, write the name of the character about whom you are annotating. Noteworthy passages relating to character include the following information: - The first time a character is introduced - Character description (a particular dominant trait or several characteristics) - The character’s values, motives, goals, and beliefs - How the character interacts with other characters - How the character compares to other characters - The character’s thoughts and actions - Contradictions in the character’s thoughts, words, or actions After completing the book, inside the front cover of the book, write a character list of the main characters along with a short character description. Include at least two page references to key scenes or moments of character development. 4. Vocabulary As you read, locate unfamiliar words. Circle these unfamiliar words in the text. Use blue sticky notes if you are not writing in your book. In the back cover of your book, start a vocabulary list. List all circled unfamiliar words, the page # on which each was found, and the dictionary definition (denotation) of the word. You should have no fewer than ten words recorded here. 5. Questions/Comments Mark passages that intrigue, please, displease, or confuse you. Ask questions in the margins, make comments—talk back to the text. Since you are reading the novel over the summer, these questions will be of special value during class discussion. These questions and comments need not be limited to the text. Successful readers make text-to-world connections, text-to-text connections, and text-to-self connections as they read. If a character reminds you of your Uncle Fred, it is perfectly acceptable to write in the margin, “Uncle Fred.” If you are reminded of another book, movie, or television show, write the connection in the margin. If you think of something going on in the news or the world or have a question about how a passage may relate to the world, put that in the margin as well. If you are using sticky notes instead of writing in the book, use green sticky notes. In Brief: Inside Front Cover: Character list with character summary and page references Inside Back Cover: Vocabulary Glossary (words and definitions) Side Margins: Notes, questions, remarks, and connections should be written in the margins. End of Each Chapter: Main idea sentence. Every page should have notations or words circled. NOTE: You cannot just circle words, though, to receive credit. There should be some writing at least every other page. The entire book should have a combination of the aforementioned. You will not receive credit for just highlighting or simply writing words like “Cool” or “I Can’t Believe that!” on every page. For comments and/or questions, please email the teacher whose name is located next to grade level. You can also find this information posted on our school’s website, under “Library,” as well. If you are unable to get in touch with the grade-level teacher, please send email to Jennifer.Cardwell@trussvillecityschools.com or Lacey.Johnson@trussvilleticyschools.com. PLEASE NOTE: Students who sign up for honors courses and clearly demonstrate the ability to complete course work (through analysis of standardized test scores) WILL NOT be allowed to change courses once the school year begins. Please do not think you will be allowed to change your schedule just because you did not complete the summer reading requirements.