Manatee County English II/Honors Summer Reading Project
This project applies to all incoming English II students.
What do I need to do?
Read a book or novel that interests you, that is approved by your current English teacher, complete a Response
Journal, and create a Reader’s Window.
When is the project due? The project is due the second day of English class.
How do I complete my summer reading project?
Select a book, have it approved by your English teacher, then read it carefully and completely. (A
suggested reading list is included.) All material must be school appropriate; if you have any doubt, then
don’t read it. Do not choose books that have been made into movies or that you have previously read in
school. Failure to observe this restriction will result in a failing grade. Parents serve as the best
judges regarding whether or not content is appropriate and are strongly encouraged to assist students in
making the right choice.
Complete both the “Response Journal” and the “Reader’s Window” activities for the book you read.
RESPONSE JOURNAL: Personal connections with the book
Divide your book into three sections.
Look at the attached example. Use your own, unlined paper to make the chart. Be as neat as possible!
Fill out all four columns for each section of your book (3 sections x 4 columns = 12 pieces of
Select a significant passage/quote from each section, being careful to cite it (cite the page # - column 1
– see example at bottom of chart). Then, write a brief summary of what happens in that particular
portion of the book (column 2).
In column 3, make a connection with the text, writing one sentence to introduce how this passage is
important to you. Some helpful sentence starters include:
- This reminds me of…
- A major theme seems to be…
- I wonder why…
- This makes me want to learn more about…
- I disagree with…
- I can relate to this character/situation because…
- Others would benefit from this book because…
- The author must have written this because…
- I don’t understand why…
In column 4, write a more detailed explanation of the connection you made. How? Why? Be as
thorough as possible; provide valuable commentary.
READER’S WINDOW: Literary aspects of the book – an open window to understanding!
This assignment allows you to be creative. Use lots of color!
Look at the template provided.
Using your response journal, go back through the book and choose three different passages/quotes. One
quote should represent a central THEME of the book, another should represent a significant INTERNAL
CONFLICT (fiction) or INCIDENT (nonfiction), and the final quote should be your absolute
FAVORITE. Each quote should be at least two sentences long. Remember to cite the page # (see
example on Reader’s Response chart).
On an unlined piece of 8.5” x 11’’ paper/construction paper (not the template), create a “frame”, writing
the quotes around three sides. Again, remember to cite the page #’s using parenthetical documentation!
On the fourth and bottom side of the frame, write three sentences analyzing how the selected quotes
provide insight into understanding the book’s message.
In the center of the frame, draw or paste 4 symbolic images that clearly represent the book. Remember
that images from the Internet are discouraged. If you use them, you must cite them. Be prepared to
explain in class how the drawings are appropriate symbols.
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines Vreeland
Autobiography of a Face (NF) by Lucy Into Thin Air (NF) by Jon Krakauer
Grealy Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
Bleachers by John Grisham Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya Three Cups of Tea (NF) by Greg
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Mortenson
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Santiago
Nighttime by Mark Haddon Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Dorris
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Orson Scott Card
Research and borrowing from sources can support and add credibility to your writing, but you must
always give credit to all sources you use or you will be guilty of plagiarism.
Simply, plagiarism is stealing. It is deliberately representing someone else's work, pictures, or ideas as if
they were your own. Plagiarism involves the use of another's work without giving full and proper
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the following examples: If a student uses material, pictures,
ideas, or expressions from a newspaper, magazine, encyclopedia, a book, a movie, Cliffs Notes, a book jacket,
song lyrics, the Internet, computer software, another student's writing (past or present, including siblings),
parents, or even notes taken in class; this material must be acknowledged or the student is guilty of plagiarism. If
a student copies homework from another student, even if the copier puts the material into his own words, he is
guilty of plagiarism if he does not provide clear, written acknowledgement of the source of the material. If a
student copies or paraphrases the summer reading assignment from a present or past student, the copier is guilty
Also, any student who cooperates in plagiarism is equally guilty. If someone writes material for another
student, both are guilty of plagiarism. If one student gives his work to another student to copy or put into his own
words, both students are guilty of plagiarism.
Acknowledgement means the sources of all borrowed material, pictures, expressions, and ideas must be
clearly identified. In general, it is better to say too much about your sources than too little.
Please note: Manatee County supports a zero-tolerance policy on any form of cheating or plagiarizing. A
student who submits work that is not original, in part or whole, will receive no credit - that includes work
that resembles a classmate's or anything available in print or on the Internet.
Please cut along the line below and return this signed statement on the second day of
1 read the statement on plagiarism, and 1 understand what constitutes plagiarism. I also know that Manatee
County School District supports a zero-tolerance policy on any form of cheating or plagiarizing.
Student's name: ______________________________ Student's signature: _____________________________
Parent's name: _______________________________ Parent's signature: ______________________________
A favorite passage/quote
Remember to cite!
A passage/ Four appropriate visual “symbols” A passage/
quote which for the book quote
represents a which
significant Be prepared to explain! represents
conflict THEME of
(fiction) or the book
Three sentences analyzing how these three
passages/quotes provide insight into understanding the
message of the book 4
Student Name: __________________________________
Response Journal for __________________________ (Title of Book)
Significant Passage/Quote Summary Connection Explanation
Select and document Indicate each passage’s Write a sentence for each Explain each connection
three passages – one from relevance to the plot, passage explaining a from column 3 in greater
each of the three sections explaining what happens at “connection” you make with detail, using insightful
in which you divided your this particular moment. the text. commentary.
After Joey’s Joey’s situation reminds Both Harry Potter and Joey
“He wiped his eyes grandfather passes me of that which Harry have proven that they are
with the back of a Potter finds himself in The more mature than most
away, the loss upsets
quivering hand. Sorcerer’s Stone. adults, and they have both
him, but most endured abuse at the hands
When he had no tears importantly, he is left of villainous adults. While
left, Joey tried to without a legal Harry escapes to the
think” (77). guardian. He does not fantasy world of
want to enter a foster Hogwarts, it is sad to
Note: Cite your book consider that Joey will not
through parenthetical home like before, so he
be so lucky. Hopefully
documentation of the page # is figuring out a way Joey will rely upon his own
where the passage is located.
to live independently. strength to carry him
through this tough
English II/Honors Summer Reading Project Rubric
Student Name: _______________________________
Book Title: _______________________________ Author: ____________________________
Window: Quotes Quote 1: Quote 2: Quote 3:
Favorite Theme Internal Conflict Quote Analysis
(fiction) or Incident
5 – correctly formatted, correctly
cited, meets the requirements
4 – correctly formatted, correctly
cited, does not meet the
3 – meets the requirements,
correctly cited, not correctly
2 – does not meet the requirements,
not correctly formatted or cited
0 - not appropriate; blank
Window: Pictures Visual 1 Visual 2 Visual 3 Visual 4
5 – appropriate, in color, neatly
done, cited (if applicable)
4 - appropriate, not in color, neatly
done, cited (if applicable)
3 – appropriate, in color, not neatly
done , cited (if applicable)
2 – appropriate, cited (if applicable)
not in color, not neatly done
0 - not appropriate, not cited (if
Window Score _____/ 40
Response Journal Quote Summary Connection Explanation
5 – passage from the book cited 5 – thorough summary with no 5 – connection is made to the text 5 – insightful, detailed commentary
correctly grammar or spelling errors 4 – connection is not clearly from explaining connection
4 – passage from the book, cited 4 – thorough summary with some the text 4 – somewhat insightful, detailed
incorrectly grammar or spelling errors 3 – no clear connection commentary explaining connection
3 – passage from the book not cited 3 – adequate summary with no 2 – no connection 3 – somewhat insightful, somewhat
2 – not clear if passage is from grammar or spelling errors 0 - not appropriate; blank detailed commentary explaining
book 2 – adequate summary with some connection
0 - not appropriate; blank grammar or spelling errors 2 – somewhat insightful, somewhat
0 - not appropriate; blank detailed, does not explain
0 - not appropriate; blank
Response Score _____ / 60 Total Score _____ / 100