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Honors/AP/IB English: Summer Reading

 
 

 

English Honors,

Advanced Placement, &

International Baccalaureate

Summer Reading Assignments

 

Students enrolling in English Honors, AP or IB courses will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum covering a variety of genres, time periods and styles. Key to student success is the student’s ability to understand, analyze and write effectively. Students may check out a book from the textbook room, WHS library, a public library, or in some cases, obtain the novel online, free of charge. An objective test and essay relating to the summer reading will be assigned in the first six weeks of the fall semester.

Download the document to the right entitled, “Annotating Instructions” and use this guide to annotate your summer reading novel(s).  Thorough annotations are part of the summer reading assignment.
 

Students are expected to bring the following to the first class meeting in August:

  • Notes that analyze selected quotes based on literary devices. Literary devices may include, but are not limited to: plot, setting, character, tone, point of view, symbolism, voice, etc.
  • Notes that address the author’s purpose in using the devices as preparation for classroom discussions.

English 1 Honors: All students enrolling in English 1H will read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Copies are available for check out in the WHS Textbook Room. Please see the Annotations Guide below for instructions on how to annotate. 

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English 2 Honors: All students enrolling in English 2H will be required to read Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya." Novels are available in the textbook room.

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English 3 Honors: All students enrolling in English 3 Honors will read A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris. Students will also choose two of the following selections: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, or Daisy Miller by Henry James. *A free, online edition of Daisy Miller is available at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/208.

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English 3 AP:

For those entering AP English 3 (AP English Language and Composition) – Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass. This work is available for free online at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23, for check out in the Textbook Room, or at your local library. You may also purchase the book if you wish. Either way, make sure that an unabridged version is used. No annotation is required. Students will be given a multiple-choice exam on the book during the first week of school.

 

To be successful in AP English 3, it is essential for students to become informed citizens of the world around them. To aid in this journey, students will need to read and know in detail various news stories covering the following 7 categories: World (International), United States (Domestic), Business and Economics, Politics, Sports, Arts and Entertainment, Science and Technology. You should read and know TWO news articles from each of those seven news categories. Note-taking is recommended, but not required. News articles may not be older than one year.

 

During the first week of school, you will be required to provide a detailed summary in class of the news stories you have read. You must provide the following in your summaries: 1) Name of Source, 2) Article Title, and 3) a 7-sentence summary. You may choose news stories from the following sources: NPR.org, latimes.com, nytimes.com, apnews.com, reuters.com. You will NOT be able to use your notes when writing your in-class summaries.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email Mr. Kim ([email protected]) or Mrs. Tan ([email protected]).

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English 4AP:  All students are required to read and annotate Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Please see the Annotations Guide below for instructions on how to annotate.
 
 
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English IB HL1: Students in the International Baccalaureate HL 1 will read the Transcendental Background Knowledge documents as well as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Detailed instructions for this assignment are provided on the IB HL1 Summer Reading Assignment document. Please follow the instructions carefully and come to class with all work completed. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email Ms. Donee ([email protected]),  Ms. Maletz ([email protected]), or Mrs. Tinius ([email protected] ).

Attachments:

IB HL 1 Summer Reading Assignment

AmericanTranscendentalism PowerPoint

Extract On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Extract Self Reliance

Extract Nature

 

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English IB HL2: Students in the IB HL 2 will read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerso. The novel is available in the textbook room.