• Students should read both texts and keep notes on each.  


    11th Grade: AICE English Language 2 (A Level)

    You have been assigned two books to read over the summer:

    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


    For The Great Gatsby:

    1. You must create a character log that analyzes the following characters’ traits, their role in the story, and the conflicts they encounter throughout the novel. Your character logs must be insightful conveying your unique, original perceptions. These will be thoroughly vetted for plagiarism.

    Nick Carraway                   Jay Gatsby                    Daisy Buchanan           Tom Buchanan

    Jordan Baker                      Myrtle Wilson              George Wilson             Meyer Wolfsheim                   

    1. You will be taking an objective test on the novel on the first block day of the school year (August 15th or 16th). 


    For The Things They Carried:

    You will need to keep a Chapter Reflection Log.  The requirements are as follows:

    • For every chapter of the book, you must reflect on one of two aspects:
      1. One quote from a character that “spoke” to you:
        • The quote should be powerful or insightful. Journal the quote, including the character’s name and page number on which the quote can be found.  Also, reflect on why you chose that quote and what impact you feel that quote has on the character and/or the story.


    1. Examples of rhetorical devices used in a particular sentence or grouping of sentences. Identify and write in your journal the rhetorical device by providing the example from the text, then elaborate on the purpose, impact, or effect it has on the text.

    For your consideration:  (see back side)

    • Figurative language: are there metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole, etc.? What is the purpose of these comparisons?        
    • Diction: What type of words draw your attention? Is the language general and abstract or specific and concrete? Purpose or effect?
    • Is the language formal, informal, colloquial, or slang? Purpose or effect?
    • Syntax: juxtaposition of words/phrases; antithesis - Are there many sentences? Are they simple?  Complex? Compound? Long? Short?  What is the purpose/effect?
    • You should vary your responses so you have an approximate equal number of quote and rhetorical device reflections upon completion of the book.


    • Character logs and reflection journals will be due your block day the first week of school (August 15th or 16th).