- APUSH1 (Mr. Carr)
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- World History AP (Mr. Carr)
- English 9 Honors
- English 10 Honors
- English 11 Honors
- English 12AP Literature and Composition
English 9 Honors Summer Reading Assignment
Read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and complete the three essay questions below. Each essay must be a minimum of 3-4 pages in length, Times New Roman, Font 12. Essays should be an analysis of the novel, not merely a plot summary or character overview.
Be sure to save your essays on your computer, as you will be required to submit them to Turnitin.com on the first day of school. Essays which are not submitted, will receive a zero. The first full day of school, you will be tested on the novel. NOTE: Answer every part of each question.
All responses must be typed.
1. What themes does Dickens develop in this novel? What insight does Great Expectations offer about the court system, the independently wealthy, and the poor?
2. While most authors strive to create well-rounded, fully developed characters, many writers do successfully use the character type to achieve their purposes. Write a well-organized essay in which you analyze Dickens’ use of character type or stereotype to advance his plot. Also, examine Dickens’ narrative techniques in Great Expectations.
3. The use of opposites to define and illustrate each other is a popular literary technique of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Choose two characters, setting, or plot events that Dickens sets in direct opposition and write a well-organized essay in which you explain how the paired contrasts define one another and contribute to the overall meaning of the novel.
Summer Reading Assignment
The following assignments are a requirement for English 10A. They are due on the first day of class. Only type written assignments will be accepted. ABSOLUTELY no late assignments will be accepted. Be sure to save your work to your computer since you will be submitting your work to turnintin.com on the first day of school once you are given the class ID and password.
- A Farewell to Arms—Read and analyze the following novel and answer the attached questions. At least three to five paragraphs should be written for each question. Specific references from the text should be given for each answer. Make sure you include the page number (s) when referring to evidence from the text. This will count as a quiz grade. Correct MLA format is required.
Questions: A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms is a love story as well as a war novel. Discuss the role of love in the novel. How does love affect the characters’ perceptions of war? How does the war shape the characters’ love story?
F. Scott Fitzgerald considers Catherine’s character a weak link in A Farewell to Arms. With attention to Catherine’s values and motivations and to the way Hemingway portrays her character, do you agree with Fitzgerald’s opinion? Why or why not?
What is the role of foreshadowing in A Farewell to Arms? How might Hemingway’s subtle signaling to the reader that Catherine will die in childbirth change the way the reader approaches the final chapters? How does the feeling of melancholy that permeates the novel affect the reader’s perception of the story, the characters, and the outcome?
English 11 Honors
Beowulf-Read and analyze the following novel. Read the Practice Free Response Question and write a three to four page research paper in the latest MLA format. Your paper must include at least three sources (including the text). The remaining sources must be taken from professional journals (EBSCO, JSTOR) or ‘edu’ websites. Wikepedia may not be used as a source. Proper MLA format is a must; however, you do not need to include a thesis and outline page. You will be scored according to the AP Literature and Composition Rubric. The paper is due the first day of class. All papers will be uploaded to turnitin.com the first day of class.
Practice Free Response Question- While obviously not rooted in the classical tradition, Beowulf is still considered an epic poem. Write a well-organized and supported essay in which you demonstrate how the poem fulfills the criteria for an epic poem or how Beowulf himself meets the criteria of an epic hero. Include specific information from the text and avoid plot summary.
English 12AP Literature and Composition
Summer Reading Assignment
The following assignments are a requirement for English 12 AP. They are due on the first day of class. Only type written assignments will be accepted. ABSOLUTELY no late assignments will be accepted. Be sure to save your work to your computer since you will be submitting your work to turnintin.com on the first day of school once you are given the class ID and password.
- Read the following short stories:
Story of an Hour
Rose for Emily
Rocking Horse Winner
For each of the short stories—Write 2 paragraphs for each short story discussing the Literary devices found in each story and how the literary devices (i.e. characterization, mood, tone, point of view, symbolism, irony, setting, conflict, diction, syntax, etc.)create the meaning of the work as a whole.