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					                                 Pre-AP Honors English 10 for The Outliers
                            Summer Reading Assignment – Hamilton High School

Selection:           Choose one of the following:
                     The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell OR Joy Luck Club

Rationale:           These works contain the elements of persuasion, expository, and narrative and will serve
                     as a bridge between the narrative and expository focus of Pre AP Honors English 9 and
                     the literary analysis and persuasive expository focus of Pre AP Honors English 10

Objectives:          To read and respond to the work in its entirety
                     To understand how a writer uses language to create message and meaning

Assignment:          Reading: It is recommended that students purchase a copy of the book they have
                     selected. This will provide an opportunity for annotation and allow students to begin
                     building their own libraries.
                     Writing: Students will be required to respond to questions for the book they have
                     selected. Each book will have its own guiding questions to provide some support as they

Specific Essay Instructions for answering essay questions
                      MLA formatting
                      Appropriate and relevant text citations and references
                      50-100 words, each response
                      Less than 10% summary—stick to analysis
                      Upload to (as one document, upon return and registration in your new

                     Note: The questions are designed to guide the reader through the entire novel, and the
                     student should be prepared to discuss each question in a Socratic forum. But, not all
                     questions need written responses. The student may choose to respond in writing to either
                     the odd numbered questions or the even numbered questions.

Guiding Questions: The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
            Introduction “The Roseto Mystery” (Everyone needs to respond to this question)
                   What is the Roseto Mystery? What overarching idea is Gladwell establishing in his
            Chapter One “The Matthew Effect”
                   1. Explain the author’s viewpoint regarding “The Story of Success”. Are personal
                       qualities the sole reason one becomes an outlier? Explain your answer providing
                       support from the text.
                   2. What is the consequence of “prematurely writing people off as failures”?
            Chapter Two “The 10,000-Hour Rule”
                   3. Explain the 10,000-Hour Rule.
                   4. Consider the following: “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the
                       thing you do that makes you good.” Explain how this philosophy was at work for
                       Bill Joy, The Beatles, and Bill Gates.

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       Chapter Three “The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 1”
             5. Describe the difference between ‘divergence testing’ and ‘convergence testing’. Is
                 one more significant than the other?
             6. Gladwell states that communities and companies in American society “are convinced
                 that those at the very top of the IQ scale have the greatest potential.” After reading
                 the chapter, explain why you either agree or disagree with this statement.
       Chapter Four “The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2”
             7. Compare and contrast Langan and Oppenheimer.
             8. What is the difference between “concerted cultivation” and “accomplishment of
                 natural growth”?
       Chapter Five ”The Three Lessons of Joe Flom”
             9. Explain Gladwell’s statement as it relates to Joe Flom: “Buried in that setback was a
                 golden opportunity.”
             10. Consider the following quote: “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have
                 meaning.” Explain how this quote relates to the chapter.
       Chapter Six “”Harlan, Kentucky”
             11. Describe the “culture of honor” that exists in the Appalachian Mountains.
             12. What are the “cultural legacies” as described in this chapter? Why are they
                 significant to understand when dealing with people?
       Chapter Seven “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes”
             13. Describe the significance of the “willingness to change” as it relates to Korean Air.
             14. What is Gladwell explaining about the importance of communication?
       Chapter Eight “Rice Paddies and Math Tests”
             15. After reading this section of the book, have your opinions changed about math classes
                 and math ability? Explain why or why not.
             16. Describe the connection between the “10,000-Hour Rule” and the wet-rice farmers in
       Chapter Nine “Marita’s Bargain”
             17. Describe the significance of summer vacation as it relates to different groups of
                 students. Why is this significant?
             18. Gladwell states “success follows a predictable course.” How does this quote apply to
                 Marita? How does this apply to you?
       Epilogue “A Jamaican Story”
             19. What does Gladwell mean when he states, “The outlier in the end is not an outlier at
             20. Explain what Gladwell means when he states, “That is the story of my mother’s path
                 to success – and it isn’t true.”

Assessment: A range (90-100%) – Essay answers indicate critical and close reading, thoughtful
            engagement and analysis. Very few if any grammatical or formatting errors are present.
            Academic voice. All directions are followed. Writing Level 5/6 on AIMS rubric.

              B range (80-89%) – Essay answers predominantly critical and close reading, and mostly
              thoughtful engagement and analysis. Some, although few, grammatical or formatting
              errors may be present. Academic voice. All directions are followed. Writing Level 5/6
              on AIMS rubric.

              C range (70-79%) – Essay answers indicate some critical and close reading and analysis,
              although understanding of the text may be tangential or superficial. Very few if any
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               grammatical or formatting errors are present. Academic voice. All directions are
               followed. Writing Level 4/5 on AIMS rubric.

               D or F – (0-69%) These responses are not acceptable for AP-level work. It is unclear
               whether the book was read, or understood. Multiple errors in grammar, voice and
               formatting may be present. Writing Level 3/4 on AIMS rubric.

Due Date:      The short essay questions are DUE in class (hard copy) and submission to
               the third week of school: Thursday / Friday, August 9 / 10, 2012.

Connections:   Ongoing reference and instruction will be tied to these books throughout the year. IT IS

Note:          You are responsible for procuring a copy of the book. If you cannot buy one, it is
               available for check out from your English teacher or the public library. We recommend
               you buy a copy if possible, as annotating is a helpful reading tool. You might also use
               small post-it notes for annotating.

               A copy of this assignment is available on-line at the Hamilton website:

Questions?     (Please put “summer reading” in the subject line of your email)
               Ms. Carr   
               Ms. Goff   
               Ms. Johannes
               Ms. Russo  

                                                             English 10 Summer Reading Assignment 3
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