John W. North High School
IB Literature Summer Reading
Crime & Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
IB teachers will test on the novel the FIRST week of school. It is
important that students purchase the translation listed above so that
the teacher and class are working from the same text.
While summer reading is “recommended” for honors’ students in
9 ,10th, and 11th grades, it is required for the IB Literature class. Since
students choose to participate in the IB program, they need to
complete the text during the summer, so they have time to finish other
literature needed for the IB exams in May.
Students are also asked to purchase their own copies as they do
extensive color marking and annotating in the work. The novel is
available on-line, at local booksellers, and may be found in used
bookstores. Please contact Christine Lorenzi, English department
chair email@example.com or (951-788-7311, ext. 63053, if you have any
questions or concerns regarding the books.
Christine R. Lorenzi
IB Literature Summer Assignment
Each student will be required to produce five typed, or seven to ten
handwritten, pages of notes on the novel concentrating on the
following focus points.
Crime and Punishment
Textual examples and significance of Biblical allusions, suffering,
violence, and dreams
Characters’ roles, development and interrelationships
throughout the novel
These notes are due and will be collected on the first day of class. Your
notes must be your own work and plagiarized material from the
Internet and other sources will not be given credit.