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Cranston Public Schools 020 11 Honors Required Summer Reading 2008 As a junior honors student, it is expected that upon entering the classroom you are an active reader and are willing to demonstrate your reading proficiency very early in the first semester and plan to further develop that proficiency throughout the year. It is our hope that beyond helping you to sharpen your analytical reading and critical thinking skills, this summer reading assignment will keep your mind active and challenged while encouraging a love for reading. In addition to the assignment listed below, your teacher will create and assign supplementary alternative assessments throughout the course to further measure your reading and learning. Part I: Required Texts: A Moveable Feast and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Part II: Choose one of the following: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Any James Lee Burke novel Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls The Terrorist by John Updike Assignment: During the first week of school, you will be given an in-class essay. You will be asked to compare and/or contrast the required readings with the text you chose to read. To prepare for this essay, take detailed notes regarding how specific literary elements contribute to meaning, focusing particularly on the social and historical values presented. Some literary elements you may want to focus on include: structure, point-of-view, style, tone, narrative voice, selection of detail, and characterization. You may use these notes when you write your in-class essay.
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