Dear Sophomore English Honors student,
Your summer assignment involves reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and
doing the written work that follows.
This book may be borrowed from a library or checked out from the school’s bookroom.
You can also purchase your own copy, but that’s completely voluntary and has no
bearing on your grade.
Please provide the following information (Times Roman font, size 12, double-spaced,
one-inch margins top, bottom, left, right):
1. Top 15 Events. Make a list of what you think are the top 15 important events
that occur in the book. For each event, write down a 1-2 sentence explanation
why you think it is so vitally essential to the understanding of the novel.
2. Quotes and Responses. Copy down the 10 most important quotes/passages from
the novel (include page numbers). Each quote may be as short as a sentence or as
long as a paragraph. For each quote, write down a 1-2 sentence explanation why
you chose that quote.
3. Vocabulary. Compile a list of 50 words to be done in the following fashion
Word page # sentence from book guess what word means dictionary check
Choose words that either you don’t know or words that you think others should
4. Personality descriptions. For each of the following characters—Atticus, Scout,
Jem, Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley—write a character sketch (about ½-
page long) in first person (in other words, as that character) of who that character
is in terms of personality traits. Be sure to support each trait with one specific
example from the book. Each character should have three traits.
Bring this work with you when school starts in September. Use the Cheating Policy
paper with all signatures as a cover sheet. If you have any questions, you can email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have changed your mind and no longer wish to take this
class, be sure to see a counselor before the end of school.
Have a terrific summer, enjoy reading, and we’ll see you in the fall.