Cardinal Ritter High School Summer Reading List for 2016 The following books are required readings for the English courses listed below. All students are responsible for reading the assigned texts and will be given a quiz, or other equivalent assessment, testing their comprehension over the material within the first month of school. All high school students are also required to complete a written assignment as listed below each set of readings. These assignments should be typed and submitted on the first official class meeting of their English class. *See the CRHS website for the writing rubric teachers will use* Language Arts 7: Language Arts 8: 1) Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan (fiction) 2) Living Up the Street, by Gary Soto (non-fiction) 1) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford (historical fiction) 2) Ryan White: My Own Story, by Ryan White (non-fiction) Honors Language Arts 8: 1) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford (historical fiction) 2) Ryan White: My Own Story, by Ryan White (non-fiction) *No Summer Essay for Junior High* English 9A and A+: 1) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey (non-fiction) 2) The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction) English 9A and English 9A+: In 1-2 pages (double-spaced), explain which of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens you will rely on most during your first year of high school. Your writing should include: an explanation of the habit you are addressing, an explanation of the benefits the habit will have for you personally, why you believe this habit will help you (consider past experiences or your witness of others), and a plan of action you will use to hold yourself to this habit throughout the year. Honors English 9: 1) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (fiction) 2) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (fiction) 3) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (nonfiction) Honors English 9: Since all three novels represent different cultures, pay close attention to the customs and cultures of each story's setting. In an essay of 2-3 pages (double-spaced), explain the effect setting has on the main character of each novel. For Of Mice and Men, you may focus on either George or Lennie. Questions to consider when formulating your paper include: How does the setting (time and/or place) create obstacles for the main character? How has the character overcome the obstacles that were created by the setting? (Students should use proper MLA documentation.) English 10 A and A+: 1) Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (non-fiction) 2) The Painted House, by John Grisham (fiction) English 10 A, English 10 A+: In a 1 ½ -2 page essay (double-spaced), explain and analyze the primary conflicts for the main character(s) in each of the texts. Because characters wrestle with both internal and external conflicts, consider the causes, results, and consequences of these conflicts. Essays should use MLA documentation and be textually supported. (Include a minimum of one important quotation from each text). (Honors English 10, English 11, and English 12 – next page) Honors English 10: 1) Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (non-fiction) 2) The Painted House, by John Grisham (fiction) 3) Othello, by William Shakespeare (drama) Honors English 10: Same prompt the rest of English 10, but length is 2-3 pages long. _______________________________________________________________________________ English 11 A and A+: 1) A Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins (non-fiction) 2) The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction) English 11A and English 11A+: In The Bean Trees and A Walk Across America, you will notice both main characters take a journey—Taylor in The Bean Trees and Peter in A Walk Across America. Throughout their experiences, they encounter some interesting people. Find one character from each novel who has a significant impact on the main character in either a positive or negative way. In a 1½ - 2 page essay (doublespaced), explain 1) the circumstance when Peter and Taylor meet this other character, and 2) how this other character impacts Taylor and Peter. Find a character from each novel, use evidence, and use MLA formatting. Honors English 11: 1) A Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins (non-fiction) 2) The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction) 3) Glass Castles, by Jeannette Walls (nonfiction) Honors English 11: All three of these novels deal with a type of journey. Glass Castle is a memoir as the author shares her childhood story. A Walk Across America, another nonfiction piece, shares a man's adventures as he searches for the meaning to his life, and The Bean Trees, our only fictional piece, follows a young woman who leaves home for the first time in pursuit of her independence. In a 3-4 page essay (double-spaced), compare and contrast the journey of the three main characters. Some questions to think about as you prepare your essay include: How are their struggles similar? What do they discover through their experiences? How are they changed because of their journeys? Use textual evidence and MLA formatting. ____________________________________________________________________________________ English 12 A: 1) I Dare You, by William H. Danforth (non-fiction) 2) Shakespeare: His Work and His World by Michael Rosen (biography) English 12 A: In I Dare You, Danforth dares his audience to become better people through a series of lifestyle tips and advice. In 1½ -2 pages (double-spaced), explain how you think William Shakespeare might have changed the way he approached his career had he read I Dare You? How might his plays have been different? Would the Globe Theatre have been built earlier? This is your opinion using specific details from both books for support. English 12 A+: 1) I Dare You, by William H. Danforth (non-fiction) 2) The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (Abridged) (fiction) English 12 A+: Edmond Dantes, once impoverished and a prisoner due to his "friend’s'” actions, is able to still find success and wealth after escaping Chateau d'If. In order to become a Count, Dantes had to change the way he lived his life. In a 2-3 page (double-spaced) essay, connect some of the advice Danforth offers in I Dare You with how Dantes composes himself in society in order to be viewed as a cultivated and successful man. Use specific details from both books to support your answer, as well as APA formatting for citations. ____________________________________________________________________________________ AP English: 1) Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White (2005) (non-fiction) 2) The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner (fiction) 3) A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (fiction) AP English: Students taking this class will attend a mandatory meeting about the class and essay before the school year finishes. There is a separate assignments sheet, rubric, as well as Edmodo group. Essay is due to the Edmodo group by the first day of class. Students should email Ms. Fligge with questions.
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