English II AP Choice Summer Reading Assignment
Due: the first Friday after school starts
ALL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE NEATLY HANDWRITTEN IN BLUE OR BLACK INK
Welcome to our “Community of Readers” at Lincoln High School. We believe that reading not only educates the mind but also
uplifts the spirit. Literature is an avenue for exploring diverse cultures and shared experiences. Because we believe that choice
is an important part of the joy of reading, you may select any piece of prose writing (fiction or non-fiction) of at least 100
pages. To make your selection easier we have gathered a list of authors whose works are sure to appeal to all types of Lincoln
students. Great care has gone into selecting these authors, and we are confident that each reader will find something of interest
to him or her with one of them. Our hope is that everyone at Lincoln, across all grades and disciplines, will share the
experience of enjoying literature and discovering themselves in a book.
Assignment # 1: General Reading Assignment
Choose a book written by one of the authors listed on the back of this sheet. It must be at least 100 pages long and should NOT be a book
you have previously read. How will we know? Well, we won’t unless you choose a book you read for one of your middle school English class – we
do know those books! We are counting on you doing the right thing.
Complete the novel data sheet DURING reading, which is included in this packet. You need to fill in ALL boxes for the book you choose.
AFTER you finish your book, choose one of the following projects as a response activity. Base your project on information from the novel
you read, including characters, setting, plot events, and literary devices. Keep in mind that these projects are designed to give you a variety of ways to
demonstrate your understanding of, interpretation of, and response to the novel. Choose a project that suits your strengths best.
1. Create a poster illustrating a quotation or scene from the novel. Your poster should include the quotation or text it illustrates, either as a
caption or as a part of the artwork. *
2. Write a letter from one character to one or more of the other characters giving a piece of advice that would have changed the novel's plot.
Be sure to take on the character's persona, including writing style, point of view, and events and responses. §
3. Pretend you are one of the major characters and write a series of three to five diary entries that cover the time span of the novel. Be sure
to refer to characters and events in the novel and explain the character’s feelings and thoughts based on what the novel tells you about him
or her. Begin your entries, "Dear Diary…" §
4. Write an interview of the author or of a character in your novel, including at least ten questions and answers. Base the character’s
responses on your understanding and interpretation of information from the novel or on your research about the author. §
5. Research a topic, location, or event discussed in the novel, or research the novel’s author. Be sure to include source citations with your
written report. §
* Art-based projects will be graded on artistic quality and creativity. Use only paper that is 11” x 17” or smaller—no large posters or backboards.
§ Written projects should be hand-written final drafts that have been edited and corrected for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Responses should
be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 700 words (about 1 ½ to 2 pages).
Assignment # 2: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and complete a dilemma chart, like the example given, on an 8 ½’’ by 11’’ sheet of paper. Type
the accompanying essay on another sheet of unlined paper.
Step One: Identify a social or moral problem from the book. Choose TWO solutions to this dilemma (only one may be from the book or both may
be your own ideas) then complete a Dilemma/Solution Chart on a blank sheet of computer paper. You will list the advantages of one solution (A) and
its disadvantages in the appropriate boxes, then list the advantages and disadvantages of the second solution (B) in the appropriate boxes.
Step Two: On a separate sheet of computer paper type a 150-200 word essay explaining the solution that you prefer. Include reasons why you prefer
one solution over the other, including advantages of the preferred solution and disadvantages of the other solution. The essay should be in Times
New Roman font, double-spaced, and should have MLA format and heading, as well as an original title. No cover page is required.
Identify a social or moral dilemma from the book:
Solution A: Identify and briefly explain one solution to the dilemma
Advantages of Solution A: Disadvantages of Solution
List and explain the advantages of
implementing this solution.
List and explain the disadvantages of
implementing this solution.
Solution B: Identify and briefly explain one solution to the dilemma listed above.
Advantages of Solution B: Disadvantages of Solution B:
List and explain the advantages of List and explain the disadvantages of
implementing this solution. implementing this solution.
Suggested Author List For Assignment #1 Parts One and Two:
Laurie Halse Anderson – male/female protagonists; usually Lurlene McDaniel – female protagonists; romance
deals with hot-topic issues: rape, suicide, eating disorders, Patricia McCormick
poverty, etc. Also writes good historical fiction. Joyce McDonald
Joan Bauer Carolyn Meyer
Melody Carlson – female protagonists; themes of high moral Stephenie Meyer
standards, spirituality Gloria D. Miklowitz
Orson Scott Card – science fiction Walter Dean Myers – male protagonists
Alden R. Carter Chris Crutcher –male protagonists; themes Lensey Namioka Joan Lowery Nixon
of questioning authority & anger managment Han Nolan
Sarah Dessen – female protagonist Christopher Paolini – fantasy; dragons/magic
Carl Deuker – sports books Rodman Philbrick – male protagonists
Sharon Draper Tamora Pierce – fantasy; magic
Jean Ferris Randy Powell Graham
Alex Flinn Salisbury William Sleator – science fiction
E. R. Frank Sonya Sones – female protagonists; narrative poetry
Natasha Friend – female protagonists; hot-topic issues Jordan Sonnenblick – male protagonists
Don Gallo Jack Gantos – male protagonists Jerry Spinelli – male/female protagonists
Nancy Garden Gail Giles – male/female protagonists; mystery Todd Strasser – male protagonists
Mel Glenn Margaret Peterson Haddix – mystery Joyce Sweeney
Alice Hoffman Rich Wallace
Jeanette Ingold Will Weaver
Paul Janeczko Nancy Werlin - mystery
David Klass – male protagonists Rita Williams-Garcia
Annette Curtis Ellen Wittlinger – narrative poetry; alternative, edgy
Klause Ron Koertge Virginia Euwer Wolff – narrative poetry
Kathe Koja Jane Yolen – good historical fiction
David Levithan Robert Lipsyte – sports books Paul Zindel
David Lubar Marcus Zusak – male protagonists
Norma Fox Mazer
**You can go to www.authors4teens.com, click on the name, and look up information on the authors listed above.