7th Grade

Assignment: I will require that everyone read Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of Bud, Not Buddy. (I bought my copy at Half Price Books in the Newbery Award section.) The dialect in this book is not easy but is definitely worth the patience to get to the wonderful ending.

You will have two assignments to go along with your summer reading assignment. Each of you will write an epilogue to the story. Here is a great definition of an epilogue (or afterword): “An epilogue is a final chapter at the end of a story that often serves to reveal the fates of the characters. Some epilogues may feature scenes only tangentially related to the subject of the story. They can be used to hint at a sequel or wrap up all the loose ends. They can occur at a significant period of time after the main plot has ended. In some cases, the epilogue has been used to allow the main character a chance to ‘speak freely.’” An epilogue can also be described as- “what happens after the story ends.”

  • I will require you to creatively write an epilogue that you think would suit the ending of this amazing story. It should be a one page type paper in any font, but a font size should be 14. You will describe the afterword of the characters and what happened in some of the places. This will also give me an idea where you are as a writer.
  • You will get to choose ONE of the following activities to turn in WITH your epilogue:
    *Make a VERY detailed and colored drawing of a scene from the book. This must be done on 8 ½ x 11 computer paper and mounted on black construction paper. The construction paper may be obtained from me on the first day of school. Attach an index card to the back containing a short description of the scene in complete sentences.

    OR

    *Write a poem about the main idea of the story. The poem must be at least 12 lines long and may follow any poem style. Look up different poem styles on the internet for creative ways to present your words. This must be typed.

    OR

    *Use an 8 1/2 x11 size piece of computer paper and fold it into 8 squares. Draw a cartoon depicting a scene from the book. Make sure every square has quality pictures and speech bubbles depicting the scene. Your audience should be able to clearly recognize the scene you are recreating. Mount this on black construction paper that may be obtained from me on the first day of school.

    AND

    *Bonus-(optional, but worth 5 extra bonus points)- On a 3x5 index card, write one scripture from the Bible that could help your character with his/her problem. Put your name in the top left-hand corner.

These two assignments will be due Monday, August 15th. Notice this is NOT the first day of school. I do encourage you to start reading right away so you enjoy the book and are not pressed for time at the beginning of school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

8th Grade

Assignment: Your summer reading will be The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It is an amazing yet touching story of a small boy in the time period of World War II. I will be asking you to do two assignments along with reading the book. I truly hope you start reading early so that you will have time to grasp the emotions in the book and enjoy it.

  • You will write a paper comparing your life as a child in the United States to the life of either Bruno or Schmuel. Come up with 3 strong differences you would like to discuss in your paper. Your paper should have an introductory paragraph, your 3 paragraphs stating the differences and a concluding paragraph, five paragraphs in all. Your paper should only be 1 typed page. Be sure to proofread your writing before submitting it.
  • ALONG with your ONE page paper, you will choose ONE of the following projects:
    *Create five (5) character trading cards out of 3x5 index cards. On the front side, you will feature a neatly drawn and colored picture of the character (using details from the novel), and the character’s name. The back side will contain 5 bits of information you have learned about the character, including personality traits, where they are from, likes/dislikes, etc. in bullet form. You must include a quote from or about the character from the novel along with a citation ( author and page number in parentheses).

    OR

    *Compare and contrast Bruno and Schmuel in Venn diagram form. Include at least eight differencesfor each boy and five similarities they share . The focus should be on their character and character traits, not physical traits. For each comparison and contrast, identify a citation to support your findings. This should be done in a Venn diagram that you can do on the computer or draw on 8 ½ x 11 computer paper. It should be mounted on black construction paper that can be obtained from me on the first day of school.

    OR

    *Write a poem about the main idea of the story. The poem must be at least 12 lines long and may follow any poem style. Look up different poem styles on the internet for creative ways to present your words. Indicate what kind of poem form your poem follows somewhere on your paper. This must be typed.

    AND

    *Bonus-(optional, but worth 5 extra bonus points)- On a 3x5 index card, write one scripture from the Bible that could help your character with his/her problem. Put your name in the top left-hand corner.

These two assignments will be due Monday, August 15th. Notice this is NOT the first day of school. I do encourage you to start reading right away so that you enjoy the book and are not pressed for time at the beginning of school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English I

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignment is due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all of the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. And please, no plagiarism or copied material from the Internet. Bring your book and printed journal assignment on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions below for more information. You should:

  • annotate 10 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 8 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Of Mice and Men upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English II

Over the summer you will need to read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August.

The assignment is due on the first day of class.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It is up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. You will not be successful. Please do not plagiarize, or copy information from the internet to pass off as your own. Instead, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Be sure to bring your book and your written assignment on the first day of school.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on the next page for more information. You should:

  • annotate 15 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 15 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Farenheit 451 upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English III

Over the summer you will need to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August.

The assignment is due on the first day of class.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and that you are clear on all parts. It is up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. You will not be successful. Please do not plagiarize, or copy information from the internet to pass off as your own; rather, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Be sure to bring your book and your written assignment on the first day of school.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on the next page for more information. You should:

  • annotate 20 passages in the text, and
  • respond with 20 entries in your dialectical journal.

Be prepared to take a test over The Adventures of Tom Sawyer upon returning to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English IV

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignment is due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all of the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. And please, no plagiarism or copied material from the Internet. Bring your book and printed journal assignment on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on page 2 for more information. You should:

  • annotate 15 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 12 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Tuesdays with Morrie upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

Honors English I

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, and complete the corresponding assignments. The assignments are intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignments are due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. Please do not plagiarize or copy material from the Internet to pass off as your own. Instead, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Bring your books and printed journal assignments on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on page 2 for more information. You should:

  • annotate 10 or more passages in each book, and
  • respond with 10 or more entries for each book in your dialectical journal.
  • Be prepared to take a test over Of Mice and Men and Do Hard Things upon your return to school.

*Be prepared to take a test over Tuesdays with Morrie upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

Honors English II

Assignment: You will need to read a book of choice from the following four books and write a journal about your reading experience. You will be a part of a literary circle, so only four students may choose the same book . You may not select a book you have previously read. The choices are the following:

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam Grant

You may check out these books on goodreads.com and other internet sources for reviews. You need to let me know which one you want to read, so that I can keep up with how many have claimed that text. Please send me an email with your book choice.

A word of warning: Do not depend on internet sites to replace the actual reading of the book. Sparknotes, Cliff’s notes, schmoop, etc. cannot communicate the concepts or give the insight of the actual text you’ve been assigned. You must read for understanding; you must grapple with the ideas; you must respond in a written journal to the author’s thoughts and concepts. Do not be lazy here. These are the exact skills you must develop to be successful in this course.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

AP English III

Assignment: You will need to read a book of choice from the following four books and write a journal about your reading experience. You will be a part of a literary circle, so only four students may choose the same book. You may not select a book you have previously read. The choices are the following:

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

You may check out these books on goodreads.com and other internet sources for reviews. You need to let me know which one you want to read, so that I can keep up with how many have claimed that text.

A word of warning: Do not depend on internet sites to replace the actual reading of the book. Sparknotes, Cliff’s notes, schmoop, etc. cannot communicate the concepts or give the insight of the actual text you’ve been assigned. You must read for understanding; you must grapple with the ideas; you must respond in a written journal to the author’s thoughts and concepts. Do not be lazy here. These are the exact skills you must develop to be successful in this course.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

AP English IV

This is Part One of your summer reading assignments. Part Two will follow in late June or early July.

Assignment #1: Choose one book from the accompanying list to read thoroughly, annotating and taking notes as needed. It must be a text you have never read, and only one student may read each book. Let me know which book you want to read so that I can let you know if it has already been claimed by another. You need to read this text in June in order to give you time to read the other book in July when you receive Part Two of the summer requirement.

Reading Purpose for Part One—Read with understanding so that you may give a presentation to your classmates the first week or two of school. To build a foundation for your presentation, create a dialectical journal that contains 20 quotes/ideas from the text you want to discuss. They should be informational, analytical, clever, etc. enough to get your attention and warrant some comment from you. Once you begin the journal, you should notice a pattern of ideas and themes begin to emerge, and you will become familiar with the author’s style. You will need to discuss those ideas in your presentation. We will talk more about this assignment the first couple of days of class.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions