English IV Honors Summer Reading Assignment Choose: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens OR Jane Eyre by Charlote Brontë. This project is due the second day of class, no exceptions. You will receive a ten point deduction for each day it is late, up to two days. After that, it will not be accepted. A test will also be give the second day of class which includes significant quotes from the novel. It will be of great benefit for you to obtain your own copy of the novel so that you can mark and annotate your personal copy. Assignments: Section 1 – Author Research the author. Write a one page report on the author’s background, works, and education. This paper should be in MLA format (see <owl.english.perdue/edu/owl/resource/557/01/>). Use 12pt, Times New Roman, 1” margins, proper citations, etc. Wikipedia and SparkNotes are not acceptable sources. Section II - Background Research Industrialization and the Victorian Period. Write a one page report on each. Follow the same format as with the author above. Section 3 – Writing Journal In a spiral bound notebook (or similar composition book), keep your notes, reflections, and summaries of each chapter. Each chapter must have at least the following: (1) the date of the chapter’s completion, (2) a summary of the chapter (at least one paragraph), (3) a description of any new characters in the chapter, and (4) any themes or conflicts you have noted in the chapter. This is the only section that will be accepted handwritten. This section MUST be handwritten. Section 4 – Essay Choose one of the essays below. Examples and details from the novel must be included to support the points of your thesis. Cite your examples by page number (MLA style). Each essay should be 2-3 pages in length. 1) Many works of literature deal with political and/or social issues. In your essay, discuss what issues are explored in Oliver Twist or Jane Eyre and how the issue(s) contribute(s) to the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot. 2) In some works of literature, childhood and adolescence are portrayed as times graced by innocence and a sense of wonder; in other works, they are depicted as times of tribulation and terror. In your essay, discuss how childhood/adolescence shapes the meaning of Oliver Twist or Jane Eyre as a whole. Avoid mere plot summary.
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