Glen Ridge High School 200 Ridgewood Avenue Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 June 2011 Dear English Nine Honors Student, The English department at Glen Ridge High School believes that summer reading is the best way for a student to continue the learning process, make transitions to new classes and improve standardized test scores. Therefore, we are requiring that you read two novels this summer: Life of Pi, by Yann Martel and Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. While reading these novels, please keep in mind any patterns, symbols or themes that you notice. We will discuss both novels in some depth and you are expected to enter class in September with a comfortable understanding of each work. To that end, we are requiring that you annotate each of these books so you have a way to process and recall your critical reading experience. See the handout for annotation instructions. I will also attach them to my website. Additionally, we encourage you to complete as much outside reading as possible, not only during the summer, but also throughout the school year. We are attaching a list of recommended reading, and we would like you to read and be responsible for at least one book from this list. Enjoy your summer! Sincerely, The English Department Glen Ridge High School English 9 Honors—Recommended Summer Reading List Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E. Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson. He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot. As their marriage inspires a whirlwind of local gossip, fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal, and that’s where his adventures begin. Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenization, and speed has radically transformed America's diet, landscape, economy, and workforce. (Nonfiction) Little Women Louisa May Alcott The four March girls -- practical Meg, rambunctious Jo, sweet Beth and childish artist Amy -- live in genteel poverty with their mother Marmee; their father is away in the Civil War. Lords of Discipline Pat Conroy Aspiring novelist and basketball player, Will McLean, finds himself a college student at the Carolina Military Institute. Will was not interested in the military, but he promises his dying father that he will attend his alma mater. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian Sherman Alexie When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.” The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, this novel is both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pages brimming with longing and hope The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver Taylor leaves home in a beat-up '55 Volkswagen bug, on her way to nowhere in particular, savoring her freedom. But when a forlorn Cherokee woman drops a baby in Taylor's passenger seat and asks her to take it, she does. The Color of Water James McBride The author, a man whose mother was white and his father black, tells two stories: that of his mother and his own. It is a wonderful story of a bi-racial family who succeeded and achieved the American dream, despite the societal obstacles placed in its way. (Nonfiction) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Join hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan Four daughters know one side of their mothers, but they don't know about their earlier never-spoken of lives in China. The mothers want love and obedience from their daughters, but they don't know the gifts that the daughters keep to themselves. The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Hating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness. Summer Assignment: Reading and annotating Life of Pi by Yann Martel & Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer As you read you will annotate each novel for four different elements (see below). In essence, annotations are the critical or explanatory notes that you make as you read through a text. These notes will be important to your overall understanding of the text and our class discussions. 1. Yellow annotations will be questions that arise as you are reading. Highlight a sentence or passage you would love to ask the author if he were sitting down with you to talk about the book. These questions can include but are not limited to: areas that you find confusing or troubling about the plot or character interactions, symbolism or imagery that he chose to use throughout the novel, his writing style, etc. You should have at least one example of this type of annotation per chapter. Once you have done this, write your question at the top of each chapter and include the page number where you chose your example. 2. Blue annotations will be connected to the language in the text. You can include a large variety of examples for this. Find words or phrases that you feel are important to the chapter, words that are unfamiliar to you or words that capture your interest for some other reason. You should have at least one example of this type of annotation per chapter. 3. Pink annotations will show your personal connections to the text. As you read the novel, you may find that you have a personal connection with a character, a specific event that occurs, or a general comment in the text. Highlight several passages or sentences (5 or 10 throughout the book) related to your personal connections and then document why you selected these passages on the inside front cover of the text including the page numbers where you chose your examples. This documentation can be done with a one sentence description for each annotation or a longer response that covers all of the choices. 4. Green annotations will show your understanding of major themes in the novel. Theme can be described as a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work. Understanding theme will be a critical component to our class. Highlight several passages or sentences (5 or 10 throughout the book) related to what you consider to be the important theme or themes of the novel and then document why you selected these passages on the back cover of the text including the page numbers where you chose your examples. As with your personal connections, this documentation can be done with a one sentence description for each annotation or a longer response that covers all of the choices. *For number three and four you may want to type up your response and attach it to the text. If you use a library book instead of your own copy, you will need to note everything on separate sheets of paper, one for each highlighter color.
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