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2016-2017 Summer Reading Assignments
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Thursday, June 23, 2016
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2016-17 SUMMER READING LIST

MURPHY HIGH SCHOOL

Summer Reading Assignments are due during the semester you have English.

Regular classes will not have an assigned book for Summer Reading. However, we encourage you to read one of the selected novels listed for your grade level. If requested, your English teacher will provide an assessment for your novel and an opportunity to earn extra credit in Regular English.

No summer assignment for AP U.S. History

***Honors, AP, and IB students have a summer assignment due the first week of school and an assessment on each novel during the first week. If your class is 2nd semester, your assignment will be due the first week back from Christmas break.

 

NINTH GRADE

Regular Suggested Reading: The Giver by Lois Lowery; The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; Forged by Fire, Darkness before Dawn, Tears of a Tiger, and Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper; Monster by Walter Dean Myers; Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar; or Wolff’s Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer

Honors AND CIS:   I have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson and Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.

*For BOTH books, make a list of 5 characters with descriptions, describe the setting, and discuss 4 conflicts.  

2. *Choose ONE of the two books and write a reflection on the book. You may discuss the theme, the setting, a character, anything that you like. You may even discuss the book as a whole, but refrain from providing a summary or book review. Discuss how the story or one of the aspects mentioned above affects you as a reader or contributes to the novel as a whole. (Minimum 2 pages typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font)

 

Gifted and Pre IB: For One More Day by Mitch Albom and Black Boy by Richard

Wright *Create an original test for each book. Include 10 matching                           (characters with brief descriptions), 25 multiple choice (A-D), and an answer key.          

TO BE PURCHASED FOR CLASS:
1. AMSCO’s Vocabulary for the College Bound Student
Publisher: Amsco School Pubns Inc; 4 edition (March 31, 2006),                                           Language: English, ISBN-10: 1567651224, ISBN-13: 978-1567651225

 

TENTH GRADE

Regular Suggested Reading: Driver’s Ed by Caroline B. Cooney, Bleachers by John Grissom, or Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Honors and CIS: Choose Two: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, All Over But the Shoutin by Rick Bragg, The Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

Ø  Counts as 1 test grade and one class work grade. .

*Write a character analysis of one character (history, growth, and destination) At least 3 paragraphs in length. *Identify the theme(s) *Describe the setting and explain how it is important to the novel. If the setting were different how would it affect the story? Characters? Plot? At least 2 paragraphs.

           

English 10 Pre-IB:

Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald - Fahrenheit 415, Ray Bradbury

*For each of these works, students will be assessed with an objective paper and pencil test on the first day of school. Additionally, students are required to complete a reader response journal. This journal should include a chapter-by-chapter personal response that includes minimal key plot points and looks to make connections in the text that are more analytical in nature. These should be handwritten; typed reader responses will not be accepted. Reader response journals will be submitted on the first day of school.  

 

ELEVENTH GRADE

Regular Suggested Reading: Mississippi Trial 1955 by Chris Crowe, Peaches                          Jodi Lynn Anderson, The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher, The Wave by Todd Strasser, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, or They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

 

Honors: Mississippi Trial 1955 by Chris Crowe or Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

                         *Write a character analysis of one character (history, growth,

                          and destination)

                         *Identify the theme; explain how it is revealed.

                         *Describe the setting and explain how it is important to the novel.        

            

English 11 IB:

Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan and Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

*For each of these works, students will be assessed with an objective paper and pencil test on the first day of school. Additionally, students will be required to complete close reading journals for each work: 25 quotes for Joy Luck and 20 for Death of a Salesman. These must be handwritten, and they will be collected on the first day of school. Students are required to use the format provided.  

 

AP: Read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.            

1. Locate two critical reviews on each book. Obtain print sources from a public library or online sources from Alabama Virtual Library--www.avl.lib.al.us/. Just click on “Student Resources” at the top of the AVL home page. Next, click on “High School” and thread your way to the Gale and EBSCO icons. If you have difficulty finding articles, just ask any librarian to assist you. Copy or print your articles.

2. As you read your articles, underline the author’s main points.

3. Write a one-page summary of each article, keeping in mind the main points.

NOTE: Cliff’s Notes and Spark Notes are NOT critical articles. (FOR FALL--AP English 11 students should bring a personal copy of the following books to class on the opening day of school: (1) Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student, Fourth Edition by Harold Levine, Norman Levine, and Robert T. Levine; Amsco School Publications, 2003; www.amscopub.com; ISBN: 978-1-56765-104-1. (2) A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker. Bedford/St. Martin, 2009; paperback or hardback: ISBN-10: 0-312-66480-X or ISBN-13: 978-0-312-66480-0. (Purchased online, used books are often inexpensive.)

TWELFTH GRADE

Regular Suggested Reading: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Chosen                            by Chaim Potok, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, or The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

 

Honors: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis

            Stevenson

*Write a character analysis of one character (history, growth, and destination) At least 3 paragraphs in length.

*Identify the themes – Just write them down.

*Describe the setting and explain how it is important to the novel. If the setting were different how would it affect the story? Characters? Plot? At least 2 paragraphs.

 

 

AP & Dual Enroll: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster and

                             Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Students will also need a copy of A Pocket Style Manual ISBN: 9780312542542/ Edition 6 by Diana Hacker (This is required for the first day of school.)

 

·         For HTRLLAP (How to Read Literature Like a Professor), you must make an index card for each chapter and summarize the chapter. Include on the index card an example from Pride and Prejudice that can be illustrated through HTRLLAP for that particular chapter.

·         For Pride and Prejudice, you will create a reading log and write a reflection. Please look under the FORMS SECTION of Ms. Crandle's Murphy High School Page for instructions. This assignment must be completed according to the instructions, and it will not be accepted late. Assignments are due on the FIRST day of class.

 

English 12 IB: 

Macbeth, William Shakespeare

*Students will be assessed with an objective paper and pencil test on the first day of school. Additionally, students will be required to complete a close reading journal that includes a minimum of 25 quotes. These must be handwritten, and they will be collected on the first day of school. Students are required to use the format provided.  

 

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