North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School (773) 542.1490
1615 South Christiana and 1313 South Sacramento, Chicago, Illinois 60623 Fax (773) 542.1492
May 4th, 2012
Dear 2012-2013 English II: Honors American Literatures Student,
Congratulations on your completion of freshman year! We in the English Department are looking forward to
working with you again next year as you continue to develop intellectually and personally.
Your scholarly pursuits in English will begin this summer with this year’s summer reading text and the writing
assignment that accompanies it. These reading and writing exercises will become your first graded assignment of
the 2012-2013 school year.
You will receive a copy of the short story “Mother Dear and Daddy” by Junius Edwards.
You will need to obtain 1 more short story of your choosing with a similar theme to be used as a source for
your writing assignment.
Your assignment must be completed before the first day of school, and you should bring the completed assignment
with you to English class. Read over the assignment carefully and understand that your work needs to represent
your best, most thoughtful effort.
Summer Reading Assignment:
1. Read “Mother Dear and Daddy” by Junius Edwards.
2. Annotate text with guide that is given to you. Decide what you believe the big idea or theme is of the
3. Find a short story that has a similar theme to “Mother Dear and Daddy.”
4. Annotate text with guide that is given to you.
5. Complete essay planning sheet (provided) answering the following question: Compare/Contrast how
the author’s of the short stories use small details/literary devices to create the big idea/theme.
The purpose of this assignment is threefold:
1. Continue to pursue the love of reading by testing out varied texts inside and outside of school
2. Show your new Sophomore teacher where you are in terms of your writing and analytical skills
3. Create a starting off point to measure your growth throughout your 10 th grade year
Please make sure that you put forth the greatest effort in representing yourself and the work you have done with
your Freshman English teacher. This assignment not only counts as an integral part of your grade Sophomore year,
it also serves as your FIRST impression on your new teacher and those are crucial to your success!
Summer is a time where we can settle back and reflect on what has occurred and imagine what is to come. As you
settle into the summer and enter into the lives of the characters, reflect on your life as a scholar in progress. If you
have any questions please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Ms. Eisenbaum
(firstname.lastname@example.org) Mrs. Tempone (email@example.com) and Mr. Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With best wishes for your summer,
Sara Eisenbaum, Ian Taylor, Jennet Tempone
The English Department
North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
2012 Sophomore English Summer Assignment Rubric
Student Name:_____________________________________ Date:________________________________ Period:__________
Optimize Standards Exceed Standards Meet Standards Do Not Meet Standards Your
(A Grade: 50-45 points) (B Grade: 44-40 points) (C Grade: 39-35 points) (F Grade: 34-0 points) Points
Annotate Texts Student has highlighted a great number Student has highlight many passages in Student has highlighted some passages Student has highlighted very few or no
Use guide to of passages in both texts that show they both texts that show that have mostly in both texts that show they have a passages in both texts.
highlight important have a clear understanding of noticing, clear understanding of noticing, noticing somewhat clear understanding of
pieces of the text. noticing patterns and identifying As to patterns, and identifying As to Bs. noticing, noticing patterns, and Little to no analysis of the passages
Notice, notice Bs. identifying As to Bs.
patterns, and Mostly thoughtful analysis of the No significant demonstration of effort
analyze As to B Thoughtful analysis of the passages passages Somewhat thoughtful analysis of the
A demonstration of great effort A demonstration of some effort
A demonstration of little effort
Determine the major Reveals a very complete understanding Reveals a mostly complete Reveals a somewhat complete Does not reveal an understanding of an
theme of “Mother of an important theme in the book understanding of an important theme in understanding of an important theme in important theme in the book
Dear and Daddy” the book the book
and choose a second
text that has a A demonstration of great effort A demonstration of some effort A demonstration of little effort No significant demonstration of effort
EssayPlanning Student somewhat follows essay Student does not follow essay planning
Create a claim, Student follows essay planning format, Student follows essay planning format, planning format, provides a claim that format, provides a claim that does not
establish main ideas provides an original and creative claim. provides an original claim. Main ideas of needs some revision. Main ideas of clearly argue a point. Main ideas and
of paragraphs and Main ideas of paragraphs set up paragraphs mostly set up argument and paragraphs and evidence somewhat evidence are not always present and when
provide supporting argument and evidence clearly connects evidence mostly connects to claim. connect to the claim. they are they are not connected to claim.
details of literary to claim.
elements A demonstration of some effort A demonstration of little effort
A demonstration of great effort No significant demonstration of effort
Your grade out of 200 points: ____________________