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Summer Reading: Summer Reading

Sophmore Honors English Social Justice

Sophomore Honors English Social Justice


Type your work and hand it in on the first day of school.

I. All students enrolled in Sophomore Honors Literature are required to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck this summer.

Please keep a reading journal in which you summarize each chapter and highlight important literary elements like characterization, plot development, and the theme of social justice. You will be required to write an essay on a specific aspect of the novel the first week back to school. Your journal will assist you in successfully completing the assignment.

There will be a test on this novel on the first day of school.

II. All students enrolled in Sophomore Honors Literature are required to select two of the following novels to read during the summer, these are in addition to the above selection:

a. Kiterunner- Khaled Hosseini

b. A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

c. Angela’s Ashes –Frank McCourt

d. The Secret Life of Bees— Sue Monk Kidd

e. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

f. Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hide

g. The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver

h. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

i. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

j. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier- Ishmael Beah

k. Feed by M.T. Anderson

l. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

For all three novels, you will record five significant quotes from each that you will use for a writing assignment at the beginning of the academic year. After each quote, please explain why you chose it. Carefully select your quotes according to the following guidelines:

Quotes must:

Represent the three main parts of the novel (beginning, middle, and end)

Reflect the themes of social justice or one or more key literary elements (conflict, irony, symbol, imagery, setting, character development, point of view)

Quotes should not be chosen merely because they drive the plot. The quotes you choose should reflect the book’s meaning in some specific way that you can explain.

Include the page number

In addition, please record five vocabulary words that are new or whose meaning you question from each of the three novels you read this summer. Fifteen words total. Please record the following information for each word:

· The word

· The complete sentence in which you found the word

· The page number where it can be found in the text

· The part of speech

· The dictionary definition that best fits the word’s meaning as you found it in the sentence.

To summarize the assignment:

1. Read Of Mice and Men and keep a thorough reading journal for each chapter. This journal will help you on the test. Find 5 important quotes and five good vocabulary words. Follow the instructions above.

2. Pick two novels from the list and follow the directions above.

The reading list will be distributed to the WW High School library, West Warwick Public Library, Barnes and Noble bookstore on Rt. 2, and the WWHS library and Guidance office.

Have a restful summer and happy reading!

11 Honors American Literature Summer Reading 2013

11 Honors American Literature

Summer Reading – 2013

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~ Addison


Completion of all summer reading assignments is a pre-requisite for Junior Honors English. You cannot take this class without completing this assignment prior to the start of the school year.

Specific assignment details are on the back of this page. Be sure to read carefully! These will be major grades for first quarter.

  1. You are required to read the following play:

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansbury

  1. Choose one of the following classic novels:


  1. My Antonia – Willa Cather

  2. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

  3. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

  5. The Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison

  6. The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

III. Choose one of the following modern novels:

  1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

  2. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

  3. We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates

  4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler

  5. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

  6. Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

  7. The Natural – Bernard Malamud

  8. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

  9. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

  10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells

  11. A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines

  12. Beloved – Toni Morrison


Your summer reading will be the basis for the start of our study of American literature. As a follow-up to your reading, you will participate in class discussions as well as be assessed with objective tests and writing assignments. You are required to maintain a reading log with the necessary details, as explained below. Please remember that all notes are to be original – do not consult other sources.

For A Raisin in the Sun:

  • Choose one of the main characters (Walter, Mama, Ruth, Beneatha) of A Raisin in the Sun to track. Record your insights/inferences about this character as well as locate details and quotes that support your insights. Be sure to note the page number, act and scene. These notes will serve as your brainstorming for your first major writing assignment.

For A Raisin in the Sun & Classic Novel

  • For both of these works, you will be assessed with objective tests. These tests will be administered beginning the second day of classes. You may take notes as you read but all notes used on the test must be original and will be collected and verified as original. The tests will focus on important plot details and events, identification of characters, and important conflicts. (Notes are not a requirement but will help you on the test.)

For Modern Novel

  • Prepare to explore our theme of “The American Dream.” In other words, what does it mean to be an American? Select ten quotes that reflect this theme. Also be sure to record your thoughts on the reason for your choice, in other words, explain how each quote relates to this theme. Quotes should be between two and ten lines. You must also note the page number and chapter for each quote. Quotes should be selected from various parts of the novel and you should have varied connections/insights about the theme. This must be typed and will be collected on the 1st day of school.

IMPORTANT NOTE:. These assessments are a major part of your first quarter grade.

If you have questions, please see Miss Tulli in Room 182 or email:

2014 Summer Reading Senior Honors/AP English

12 Honors/AP English Summer Reading 2013

Grade 12 Honors/AP English Language and Composition

Summer Reading 2013

In order to prepare senior honors/advanced placement students for the work they will do in the course, particularly in our first units on essayists, composition, and British Literature the following assignments have been selected for summer reading and writing. Please read three books/plays and two periodicals that preview the type of work we will do in the course. All assignments are due on the day you return to school.

Periodical – Make a COPY of an article and submit it with your response as outlined below---your choice.

Choose one article from one of the following pieces of periodical literature:

1. The New Yorker

4. Harper's

7. Time

2. The Atlantic Monthly

5. National Geographic

8. Newsweek

3. The Economist

6. U.S. News & World Report

9. The Nation

Assignment for Periodical: Mark up the text and write an Analysis of Periodical. In other words tell:

  • name of Periodical (underlined) and title of article (quotation marks)

  • who is the author of the article?

  • Who is the speaker?

  • what is he/she talking about

  • what is the time and place of the piece

  • who is the speaker talking to

  • why did he/she write this article

  • mention the engaging idea of the article

  • connect to the article in some way (Personal Connection)

  • predict something from reading the article

  • identify a part of the article that appeals to you or that you find problematic

  • mention the dominant impression of the piece (theme, tone, mood).

  • Submit article with above analysis.

    Required readings:

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

  • A Man for All Seasons – Robert Bolt

  • Nowhere Man” - Pico Iyer* See #2 below for this essay (copy given to you)

  • Choice of one of 9 periodicals above with analysis and copy of periodical

Additional reading: select ONE of the following:

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

  • Silas Marner – George Eliot

  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

  • Dracula – Bram Stoker

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens


  1. As you read each novel/play, take notes on the plot, characters, setting, and conflict which you may use on the objective multiple choice test at the start of school.

  1. After reading “Nowhere Man” by Pico Iyer answer the three questions at the end of the essay as comprehensively as possible (questions are listed below too). Write out each question before answering it. I do NOT want to be searching for what it is you are addressing in your response. So, simply put, write the question, letter it then answer it; write the next question, letter it then answer it, et cetera. For example, question #1 has five (5) parts to it. Label each part a), b), c), etc. Respond to all five. Do the same for numbers 2 and 3.

Nowhere Man” questions:

#1 Write each question, then respond to it.

  1. Discuss your perception of what Iyer describes as an “entirely new breed of people,” the “nowhere man” of his title.

  2. What characterizes this new type of person?

  3. To what extent are you familiar with it?

  4. What consequences of “the transit lounge” syndrome does Iyer identify?

  5. What others can you think of?

#2 Write each question, then respond to it.

  1. Explain Iyer's remark that “being part of no society means one is accountable to no one.”

  2. According to Iyer, what are the consequences of being rootless, of lacking a sense of being rooted in a particular place that one can call home?

  3. Do you agree with Iyer? Why or why not?

#3 Write each question, then respond to it.

The flip side of the rootlessness that Iyer describes is a strong sense of pride that people feel for their countries and for their nationalities.

  1. What dangers and what benefits does Iyer see as resulting from an intense pride in one's place of origin and/or residence?

  2. To what extent do you agree with his assessment? Explain.

  1. When you return to school, you will be given a multiple choice test on the three (3) British works you have read.



The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

This novel centers on Dorian Gray, a young man of great beauty, who meets the degenerate Lord Henry Wotton, who inspires Dorian with a vision of life in which the pursuit of beauty through sensual pleasure is valued above ethical or moral concerns. Dorian's artist friend, Basil Hallward awakens Dorian's vanity via a portrait painted by Basil. Viewing his own picture, Dorian declares that he would give his own soul if he could remain eternally young like his portrait.

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

This play presents a “hero of the self” whose unwavering integrity collides with King Henry VIII's egoistic drive to wrench personal salvation and political permanence for the Tudor line from an unwilling, politically cornered Pope. The Pope refuses to condone an annulment for Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, a decision that Sir Thomas More upholds much to the king's chagrin, thereby jeopardizing his family and himself.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane, an orphan, raised by her cruel aunt is sent to Lowood School whose headmaster is also cruel. Jane spends many years there becoming a teacher after which she goes to Thornfield Hall to become a governess to Mr. Rochester’s daughter. Thornfield Hall is a mysterious residence from which Jane flees penniless. Later she meets her cousins and once again Mr. Rochester.

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Silas Marner is a respected member of the small 19th century rural religious community of Lantern Yard, but his world is shaken when he is wrongfully accused of a theft and expelled as a pariah. He settles anonymously in the town of Raveloe in a hermit-like existence in an isolated cottage. His weaving skills and penurious lifestyle help him amass a small fortune over the next fifteen years. Marner discovers an orphaned little girl whom he adopts as his own, but the paternity of Eppie is called into question. Unbeknownst to him the child's father is Godfrey Cass, Dunstan's brother, who fears the consequences of revealing the child's true paternity.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The plot deals with the conflict within Victor Frankenstein, who, due to his love of the natural sciences, produces a monstrous creature. Victor himself is disgusted at the sight of the creature and rejects him as do all other humans. The monster, frustrated and misunderstood, ultimately kills people. The monster asks Victor to create a mate for him and Victor does so, but does not give it life. Angered, the monster continues to kill and Victor chases it to the North Pole where he meets the sea captain, Robert Walton with whom he has much in common and to whom he relates his saga.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Jonathan Harker, a solicitor, meets Count Dracula on business in Transylvania. The count confines Harker in his castle, but Harker escapes and is nursed back to health by his girlfriend. Other characters, who meet the count are “bitten” and some succumb to the count's “charms.” Can he be stopped? This horror tale has captured the minds of readers for many years.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Marlow, whose Aunt got him a position as a captain of a steamboat of an ivory company, sits at the Thames River in the evening with several other people to tell his story about traveling to Africa to find a man named Kurtz. Once in Africa he finds the blacks being poorly treated, yet full of worship for Kurtz, who is very ill. Marlow attempts to take Kurtz back to England to be reunited with his fiancée.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

It is the year 1775, and England and France are undergoing a period of social upheaval and turmoil. The forces that are leading to revolution in France are colliding with a circle of people in England, causing their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined---The Manettes, The Darnays, the Marquis d'Evremonde, The Defarges, and Sidney Carton, some of the most famous characters with memorable lines in all of literature.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Bennet family and their five unmarried daughters are not nearly as rich as those with whom they interact. Mrs. Bennet is intent on seeing her daughters married to wealthy gentlemen, so she propels them into parties, picnics, and society in this endeavor. The young women meet many men of possibility, but attraction, attentiveness or lack of it in addition to pride and prejudicial treatment make for a carefully crafted plot. Will Mrs. Bennet and her daughters' wishes be fulfilled? O tempora! O mores!

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tess is a girl of the working class whose parents send her to a rich "relative" in a nearby town to get money or marry well so that her parents will be taken care of. The family learns that her father is the descendant of the noble family, the d'Urbervilles. A meeting with Alec d'Urberville, one of the "relatives" seals her dreadful fate and she returns home ruined. Tess is now wary of men, but falls in love with Angel Clare, the son of a pastor who is learning about farming at the dairy. Although she thinks herself unworthy of such a sweet man, they decide to get married. They confess past indiscretions to each other, but Angel feels betrayed and tricked, so they agree to separate, although Tess loves him greatly. He goes to Brazil. She encounters Alec d'Urberville again and he convinces her to marry him. Angel returns from Brazil to find Tess married. The only man she ever loved has come back, and once again, Alec d'Urberville is standing in her way.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver, an orphan, is assigned to a workhouse at 9 years of age. Later he is apprenticed to an undertaker, but he runs away and meets Jack, a boy his own age, who works for Fagin, a criminal who trains orphans to pickpocket. After falling on difficult times, Oliver is befriended by Mrs. Maylie. Mr. Monks is after Oliver because of a family inheritance. Oliver's misfortunes and good fortunes continue throughout the work.