A.P. Language & Composition Summer Reading Assignment 2009 How much is the summer work worth? What do I have to read this summer? Your completed notebook is worth a total of 120 points. Each entry is worth 10 Your summer reading assignment this year is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. points (yes, we will read the entries so write neatly), and you will earn another 10 points for putting the entries in a journal and labeling each page of your entries. Why this book? This novel will serve as a bridge between the familiar study of fiction and the focus of A.P. Language—nonfiction, argumentation and rhetoric. We’ll refer to this book When is it due? frequently during first semester to analyze Bradbury’s rhetoric and claims. The The assignment is due Friday, September 4. This is the Friday BEFORE school novel is an officially adopted book of the Auburn School District for the junior year. starts. There will be a box for submissions in the main office, labeled with your teacher’s name (either WRIGHT or NEU). Late assignments will receive 60% Why a summer assignment? credit. Time. If you’ve seen the school year calendar, you’ll see that we have less time to accomplish more work. This will enable us to maintain a reasonable curriculum What will I need? pace during the school year. 1. A copy of Fahrenheit 451. We have LOTS of copies, so you don’t need to purchase a copy. Visit Mrs. Neu in Room 406 or Mr. Wright in Portable 903 for What am I supposed to learn? a copy, or you can borrow a copy from a friend. Be sure to borrow a copy from When you are finished with this assignment, you should someone who won’t mind you having it for awhile; we’ll be using parts of the Have an understanding of the novel’s plot, character development, and main novel in September and October. themes. 2. A 200+ page spiral bound notebook (8 ½ x 11). Write your name on the front Understand how Bradbury uses diction (word choice) to create meaning. cover. You will use this notebook for your journal entries and as a notebook this Be able to explain the purpose or reason for Bradbury’s inclusion of particular year. details and scenes. 3. You will also need a 1.5- 2 inch binder for the class for your readings and Be able to articulate three of Bradbury’s claims (arguments) as illustrated assignments. Please have this ready the first day of school. throughout the novel. How long should each journal page be? Each neatly written entry should be 2/3 – 1 full page long (depending on the size of your handwriting). Each entry should include enough details and explanation so that you completely explain your thinking. You may go over the 1 page length, but please remember Shakespeare’s wisdom: ―Brevity is the soul of wit.‖ Please remember to label your pages and number your answers on each page. Instructions: □ Begin each new entry at the top of the page. □ Label each journal entry. □ Highlight the title of each journal entry (Entry 1, etc.) Part 1: “The Hearth and the Salamander” Journal Page 7 (pages 91-110) 1. This reading contains two recreational gatherings—one at Montag’s house and one at the fire station. Describe what happens at each and how they affect Montag. Journal Page 1 (pages 1-17) 2. Look up and paraphrase the definition of sieve. Why do you think this section is called First, read the first seventeen pages to understand the setting, characters, and plot. ―The Sieve and the Sand‖? In your journal, write one page recording your initial descriptions, reactions, and questions about the three main characters. Write quickly and honestly. Part 3: “Burning Bright” Journal Page 2 Now reread these seventeen pages and look for very short descriptions and details about each Journal Page 8 (pages 113-1290 character. In your journal, Once you’ve read this section, choose one short section (1-2 paragraphs) that stands out to 1. Create three columns, one column per character, listing the short lines from the book. you. Carefully reread this paragraph. Include each page number. (minimum 4 per character) 1. Identify the page and 1-2 paragraphs you are analyzing. 2. How are the three main characters similar and different? 2. List six words or phrases (or 2-4 words, max) that stand out to you. 3. Explain why these words or phrases stood out you; what image do these words form in Journal Page 3 (pages 18-43) your mind? 4. Explain what these words or phrases say about Montag (or about the people/events Read pages 18-34, then write a page discussing the following topics. around him). 1. Pages 18-24: Differences/contrasts between Mildred and Clarisse in these pages. 2. Find three short lines from the book showing how Montag is changing. List them (along 5. Explain how the paragraph(s) relate(s) to the book as a whole . . . in other words, what with the page number), then describe his change. would we be missing if we didn’t have this paragraph? (In other words, why is this particular paragraph so important, so necessary to the book?) Journal Entry 4 (pages 35-53) (Yes, overlap from entry 3…so reread those few pages) 1. Carefully reread pages 37-38. Copy down five words or short phrases that describe the Journal Page 9 (pages 129-145) books as they are burned. How are they being described? Why? In these pages Montag moves between his old life and his new life. 2. What impact does Montag’s experience on pages 35-40 have on him and his relationship 1. Create a T-chart listing five short lines from the book (4-10 words per) that describe his with Mildred? old world, then five short lines from the book describing where he lands. Include the page number for each line. Journal Page 5 (pages 52-68) 2. Explain what your excerpts show us about each world. 1. Describe and evaluate the effectiveness of the argument Captain Beatty makes to Montag. Journal Page 10 (pages 145-165) 2. Look up and paraphrase the definitions of hearth and salamander. Why do you suppose 1. Why is the final section called ―Burning Bright‖? the first section is called ―The Hearth and the Salamander‖? 2. List three arguments about modern society (our culture) that Bradbury seems to be making through this novel. Explain yourself. Part 2: “The Sieve and the Sand” Journal Page 11 (Afterward and Coda) 1. As explained in the afterward, what is significant about Faber’s and Montag’s names? Journal Page 6 (pages 71-910 2. What irony does Bradbury explain in the Coda? 1. List ten short quotes (2-4 words per) that describe Faber, and include the page number. 3. Identify and explain the symbolism of The Phoenix in relation to the story and messages How is he being described? in Fahrenheit 451. 2. Compare and contrast Mildred and Faber.