June 1, 2011
To the Incoming 10th Grade Honors English students:
In order to best prepare you for a rigorous,
academic year in English, we don’t want you to
lose those fabulous reading skills you’ve
acquired with your 9th grade English teacher.
As such, IHS has implemented a summer reading
Incoming sophomore students are being asked to
read George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Begin by
completing the ANTICIPATION GUIDE found on the
HIS website (http://tinyurl.com/APSummer)
before you even start reading (you will turn
In addition to reading, all students will be
expected to keep a handwritten dialectical
journal, or 15 entries (yeah, we know the handout says 20—we’ll
live with 15) for the entire book (5 from the beginning, 5 from
the middle, and 5 from the end) in a spiral notebook. Dialectical
journals are a type of double-entry note-taking that students can
use while reading literature. It is suggested you use a 100-page
spiral notebook since this will become your classroom notebook for
the rest of the semester.
In the two columns students write notes that dialogue with one
another, thereby developing critical reading and reflective
questioning. Dialectical journals are created by folding a piece
of paper length-wise, labeling the top of each column
Quotes (with page numbers) Notes
At the start of school, students will be participating in a
variety of activities—including class discussions and Socratic
Seminars—culminating in an in-class essay. In order to be
successful on these assignments, it is expected that you come to
class having read the entire book.
Animal Farm was first published in 1945, so this book should be
readily available at any public library. Although students are
not required to buy the book, copies would also be ready available
through on-line and brick & mortar retailers.
If you have any questions on the assignment, please do not
hesitate to contact any of the Honors 2 teachers. Please
remember, we are on summer vacation too, so we might not get to
your email right away.
Ms. Daniell Mr. Ellison Mrs. Stover
Additional questions can be sent to Ms. Daniell, English Department