All English in Literature exams are based on two things: the skills you have learned from Mr. Fox, Mr. Jordan and Mrs. Blair AND a thorough understanding of each of the following texts – the plot (what happens), the characters (their relationships, failings, dreams, desires…) and HOW the author wrote it (structure, vocabulary, tone….).
1. Selected Short Stories (12), by various authors - Paper 3
2. Selected Poems (20), by Robert Frost - Paper 3
3. Death and the King’s Horsemen by Wole Soyinka - Paper 4
4. Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare - Paper 4
5. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen - Paper 5
6. Richard II, by William Shakespeare - Paper 5
7. No specific readings - Paper 7
SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS
ALL work should be typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, ARIAL 11 and FRONTS only. Do not use the back of paper. Do Not, Do Not use Times New Roman. I really dislike that font.
You have the Robert Frost poetry packet (Found Here),one novel(Northanger Abbey), and the short story packet (Found Here) to read over the summer. The Shakespeare plays are not summer reading, but it would do you good to read them – or at least read summaries of them so you have background before we get to them in class.
ASSIGNMENT 1 Selected Poems by Robert Frost
You will memorize two of the Robert Frost poems. You will have a quiz each week during the second and third weeks of school: week 2- a ten to fifteen lines poem, and week 3- a fifteen to twenty (or more) lines poem.
You will write the poems correctly from memory – spelling, punctuation, page set-up, et al. If the line is perfect, you get credit. If there is a mistake, you do not. You must choose poems from the poetry packet. If you choose a poem not on this AICE list, you will not get credit. You have all summer to practice.
Read the poetry. Choose two poems to memorize
ASSIGNMENT 2 With the prose material, you will read the following. These are due the third calendar day of school. Even if you have a myriad of schedule changes and don’t make it to class the first two days, they are still due. You can deliver them to me in 3/201 or the other teacher if you have her class. We are doing the same assignments.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Read the novel. Make a timeline of the novel-chapter by chapter. You don’t have to list small details, but major events should be included. Every chapter has something that is important.
Short Stories by various authors
Read all of the stories. For four of these stories, you will make a graphic novel of two-five pages at four panels per page. (Essentially, a comic book version of the story).
The first week of school you will work on a new (and different) assignment for the literary work you did not pick during the summer.
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