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					North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School                                                                  (773) 542.1490
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                                                   English Department


May 24th, 2010

Dear 2010-20011 English II: American Literatures or Honors American Literatures Student,

Congratulations on your completion of freshman year! We in the English Department are looking forward to
working with you again next year as you continue to develop intellectually and personally.

Your scholarly pursuits in English will begin this summer with this year’s summer reading book and the writing and
viewing assignment that accompanies it. These reading and writing exercises will become your first graded
assignment of the 2010-2011 school year.

        Acquire a copy of the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
        Acquire a copy of the film Finding Forrester.
        Acquire a spiral notebook in which you will complete the Double-Entry Journal assignment.

Your assignment must be completed before the first day of school, and you should bring the completed assignment
with you to English class. Read over the assignment carefully and understand that your work needs to represent
your best, most thoughtful effort.

Summer Reading Assignment:

1.   Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian and watch Finding Forrester.

2.   The first portion of your summer reading is to create 20 double sided journal entries for Jamal (Finding
     Forrester) and 20 double sided journal entries for Junior a.k.a Arnold (ATDOAPTI). The double sided journal
     entry is a small step towards a device that we use a great deal sophomore year, and that would be the critical
     reading journal. The point is to allow you to go back to your notes when in discussion about a text, or when
     you begin to draft literary analysis papers. The following bullet point list is what you need for the double sided
     entry
           Divide the paper in half so that there is a left side and a right side
           On the left side of the paper you will pick out passages, DIRECT QUOTES, from the book and the
               movie that give you details about who the characters are. (Personality, thoughts, family, religion, race,
               nationality, relationships etc)
           To the right of the passages, you will then analyze the DIRECT QUOTES. Do your best to look
               beyond the surface level. Think about what the quotes tell you about who the character is on the
               inside.
3.   Once you have completed your journal entries answer the following questions.
      How do you relate to the character?
      What message do the movie and the book give you about life? (Theme)
4.   Using the theme you have just created, you will then write two letters. One letter will be from the perspective of
     Arnold from the book, and the other letter will be from the perspective of Jamal. The letters will be a sort of
     dialogue, or conversation, between the two characters.
           The first letter should be from one of the characters to the other (your choice)
           The second letter should be a response from the other character
           Each letter should be as if the character himself wrote it and should “sound” like it is written in the
               voice of each character and refer to each person’s actual experiences from the book. You will be
               assessed for how well you can represent each character.
           The purpose of the letters is to see how well you understand the characters, and also how well you
               understand the themes of the book and film.
5. Get creative! Often times music and lyrics can be helpful, especially in movies, in giving more context to
characters, setting, and theme. Finding Forrester has a sound track that goes along with many scenes to help the
audience empathize and gain a greater awareness of the larger picture of Jamal’s experiences. Use the movie’s
soundtrack as a guide to putting together your own for the novel. Create a soundtrack for The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part Time Indian where you will pick out specific portions of the book (these can be from your double sided
journal entry) and try to find songs that reflect the character’s mood/attitude/feelings during these periods.


Summer is a time where we can settle back and reflect on what has occurred and imagine what is to come. As you
settle into the summer and enter into the lives of the characters, reflect on your life as a scholar in progress.

With best wishes for your summer,



Sara Eisenbaum, Ian Taylor, Nikki Taylor, Deondra Jackson
The English Department
North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
                                                               2010-2011 Sophomore English Summer Assignment Rubric

Student Name:_____________________________________ Date:________________________________ Period:__________




                                 Optimize Standards                            Exceed Standards                               Meet Standards                             Do Not Meet Standards                   Your
                               (A Grade: 50-45 points)                      (B Grade: 44-40 points)                        (C Grade: 39-35 points)                       (F Grade: 34-0 points)                  Points

  CHARACTER             20+ passages from the book and 20+          Almost 20 passages from the book and          Some passages from the book and some        Very few passages from the book and/or
     NOTES               passages from the film                       almost 20 passages from the film               passages from the film                       film
   Make double-
journal entry notes     Very thoughtful analyses of the passages    Thoughtful analyses of the passages           Somewhat thoughtful analysis of the         Little to no analysis of the passages
  about the main                                                                                                     passages
 characters in the      A demonstration of great effort             A demonstration of some effort                A demonstration of little effort            No significant demonstration of effort
 book and the film
Letter from Arnold        The letter very closely resembles the       The letter closely resembles the way          The letter somewhat resembles the way       The letter does not resemble the way
    Spirit (a.k.a.         way Arnold would write                       Arnold would write                             Arnold would write                           Arnold would write.
“Junior”) to Jamal
      Wallace             Reveals a very complete understanding       Reveals a mostly complete                     Reveals a somewhat complete                 Does not reveal an understanding of an
  Pretend you are          of an important theme in the book            understanding of an important theme in         understanding of an important theme in       important theme in the book
  Arnold writing a                                                      the book                                       the book
 letter to Jamal. 1
 page, typed, 12pt.       A demonstration of great effort             A demonstration of some effort                A demonstration of little effort            No significant demonstration of effort
  font, Times New
     Roman font

Letter from Jamal         The letter very closely resembles the       The letter closely resembles the way          The letter somewhat resembles the way       The letter does not resemble the way Jamal
Wallace to Arnold          way Jamal would write                        Jamal would write                              Jamal would write                            would write.
    Spirit (a.k.a.
     “Junior”)            Reveals a very complete understanding       Reveals a mostly complete                     Reveals a somewhat complete                 Does not reveal an understanding of an
  Pretend you are          of an important theme in the movie           understanding of an important theme in         understanding of an important theme in       important theme in the movie
  Jamal writing a                                                       the movie                                      the movie
letter to Arnold. 1
 page, typed, 12pt.       A demonstration of great effort             A demonstration of some effort                A demonstration of little effort            No significant demonstration of effort
  font, Times New
     Roman font

       Create a           Reveals a very complete understanding       Reveals a mostly complete                     Reveals a somewhat complete                 Does not reveal an understanding of an
    Soundtrack!            of an important theme in the book            understanding of an important theme in         understanding of an important theme in       important theme in the book
   Identify a major                                                     the book                                       the book
 theme that the book
  and movie have in       Very effectively transforms a written       Effectively transforms a written message      Somewhat effectively transforms a           Does not effectively transform a written
     common and            message into an audio message                into an audio message                          written message into an audio message        message into an audio message
transform that theme
        into an           Exceptionally original and imaginative      Original and imaginative                      Somewhat original and imaginative           Not significantly original or imaginative
 audiorepresentation
                          A demonstration of great effort             A demonstration of some effort                A demonstration of little effort            No significant demonstration of effort




                                                  Your grade out of 200 points: ____________________

				
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