English 12H K. Geyer June 2009 SUMMER READING LIST by AndrewIsherwood

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									English 12H
K. Geyer
June 2009                      SUMMER READING LIST

Choose ONE for each quarter.
      You will receive a list of readings for 2nd semester at a later date.

FIRST QUARTER: Drama                                 CHOOSE FROM:
Greek plays:   Aeschylus              Agamemnon
               Sophocles              Philoctetes
               Euripides              The Bacchae; Trojan Women; Medea; Hippolytus
               Aristophanes           Frogs; Clouds

Shakespeare    Tragedies: Othello, King Lear
               Comedies: Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It
               History: Richard III, Henry IV part one; Henry V

Anonymous                     Everyman (Medieval Morality Play)
Christopher Marlowe           Doctor Faustus
Ben Jonson                    Volpone
Beaumont & Fletcher           Knight of the Burning Pestle
Oliver Goldsmith              She Stoops to Conquer
Richard Brinsley Sheridan     School for Scandal; The Rivals
William Congreve              Way of the World
Oscar Wilde                   The Importance of Being Earnest
George Bernard Shaw           Major Barbara; Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Saint Joan
T.S. Eliot                    Murder in the Cathedral
John Osborne                  Look Back in Anger
Harold Pinter                 The Dumb Waiter
Samuel Becket                 Waiting for Godot
John Millington Synge         Dierdre of the Sorrows
Sean O’Casey                  Shadow of a Gunman; Plough and the Stars
Henrik Ibsen                  Doll’s House; Master Builder; Wild Duck
Anton Chekhov                 The Cherry Orchard; Uncle Vanya
Noel Coward                   Private Lives
Robert Bolt                   A Man for All Seasons
Tom Stoppard                  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, et al.
Brian Friel                   Dancing at Lughnasa, et.al.

Assignments for the Drama reading:                           DUE SEPT. 11, 12

PART ONE: Quote analysis chart – Minimum of 6; selected from throughout the work.
Format your paper using “landscape” under “Page Setup.” Make 3 columns:
      1) The quote, identified by act, scene, line & page number (copy accurately)
      2) Meaning in context -who is speaking, to whom, about what, what occasion
      3) Meaning to you ---What is it about this statement that resonates with you? Why
              did you notice it? What makes it stand out from the rest of the play? Does
              it remind you of something else? Something in your life? (family, friends,
              beliefs, experiences, philosophy of life…)

Questions? Feel free to contact me during the summer. I will check my school email
regularly.                  Kathy.geyer@powhatan.k12.va.us
English 12H
K. Geyer
June 2009                          SUMMER READING LIST

PART TWO: A product – choose ONE of the following to turn in with quotes chart.
     1) Find and evaluate critical essays on your play. Choose at least four points
             from the essay/s to elaborate on. Explain why you agree or disagree
             with the critic. Be sure to cite the source/s in proper MLA format.
     2) Design & create a playbill (poster that would attract an audience).
     3) Production: Cast the play with modern actors (up to 10). Determine
             setting & costumes. Explain your choices. Draw one scene.
     4) Watch a movie version & compare it to the text; strengths & weaknesses
        especially.
     5) Technical theatre: choose a scene & explain the following technical elements
             in detail – stage type, stage furnishings, props, lighting design, blocking,
             background music, special effects needed. Draw & label.
     6) Perform a scene in class. Draft your classmates (ahead of time!) to take parts.
             Practice dramatic reading & movement. Give a short prologue before you
             begin to frame the scene, then explain what happens after your scene.

SECOND QUARTER: Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods

        Non-fiction:
Michael Wood              In Search of Myths & Heroes; Domesday; Legacy
James Burke               Connections
Kenneth Clarke            Civilisation
Bill Bryson               Brief History of Nearly Everything (Choose ONE section)
Antonia Fraser            Heroes & Heroines; Warrior Queens; Weaker Vessel
Vickie Leon               Uppity Women of Ancient Times; …of Medieval Times
        Fiction:
Michael Crichton          Eaters of the Dead
Parke Godwin              Tower of Beowulf; Sherwood
Bernard Cornwell          any of his stories of Anglo-Saxon England
Tracy Chevalier           Lady and the Unicorn
Ellis Peters              Brother Caedfael mysteries; esp. Summer of the Vikings
Morgan Llewellyn          Red Branch; Lion of Ireland; Grania
Barbara Wood              The Blessing Stone
Susan Vreeland            Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Assignments for second quarter:                     DUE BY OCT. 15th
   1) Keep a double entry journal, with at least 10 quotes from throughout the text
   2) Write a book review of your selection – strengths, weaknesses, appeal, etc.
             Focus on what you would say to encourage your classmates to read it.

SUGGESTION: Get your own copy of a style manual; you will use these in college also. Best bet is Diana
Hacker, Pocket Style Manual, 5th edition, 2008. HINT: When you go to visit colleges, look for used copies
of their recommended style manual in the college book store.

**Book titles on this list reflect both classic and modern literature written by famous authors.
However, not every work is for every student. Personal discretion should be exercised.

Questions? Feel free to contact me during the summer. I will check my school email
regularly.                  Kathy.geyer@powhatan.k12.va.us

								
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