Honors English 9 – Summer Reading Assignment

As incoming Honors English 9 students, your summer reading assignment is to read two texts: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott & Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Each book has been chosen to help you focus on your experience as a writer and your experience as a reader, two distinct characteristics that are crucial to thriving as an honors-track English student. As you read these texts, please pay attention to how the author is using the English language to share specific ideas about the writing process and characterization, as well as your own emotional reaction to the literature as you read.

1) Read Bird by Bird & Lord of the Flies

  • We prefer that you use this version for Bird by Bird: Anchor Books Edition, ISBN: 0385480016
  • We prefer that you use this version for Lord of the Flies: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, ISBN: 0143129406
  • You may buy used texts; however, we request that the text only has your marking in it.

2) Interact with the text. Highlight and annotate while you reading: Good readers interact with the text while reading, and it is important that you practice this skill while completing your summer reading assignment.

  • As you read, mark at least 20 passages per book that are particularly vivid and write notes about what seems most compelling in the margins. Your highlighting and annotating should reflect your thinking about the author’s writing. If annotating is new to you, please reference this article for some helpful information about annotating. You don’t have to annotate on sticky notes, but it is a good way to easily locate your passages.
  • As you annotate and highlight Bird by Bird, pay special attention to:
    • The relationship between writing and publishing
    • The importance of faith in the creativity process
    • How community is developed through writing
    • Repeating symbolism throughout the text
    • Metaphoric language about the writing process
    • Sensory details (aka areas in the text that engaged your interest by utilizing sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch)
    • Your emotional reaction to passages of the text
  • As you annotate and highlight Lord of the Flies, pay special attention to:
    • Characterization of Piggy, Simon, Ralph, Jack, and Roger
    • Foreshadowing (Or what you suspect may be foreshadowing)
    • Symbolism attached to the conch, light/dark imagery, and clothing
    • The relationship between civility and savagery
    • Sensory details (aka areas in the text that engaged your interest by utilizing sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch)
    • Your emotional reaction to passages of the text
    • Plot development

3.) Come to school on August 8 ready to show off your books and your knowledge

  • You should have read, highlighted and annotated your books by the first day of school.
  • You will turn in your texts on the first day of English class.
  • Be prepared to discuss and analyze passages from your books and answer questions about the literary elements listed above when you take the summer reading assessment in the first week of school.
  • Happy reading and see you in August!

English 9 Summer Reading Assignment

As incoming English 9 students, your summer reading assignment is to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This text is rich with figurative language, intrigue, action, and emotion. As you read, please pay attention to how the author is using the English language to capture the trials and tribulations of each character, as well as your own emotional reaction to the various situations in which the main characters find themselves.

1) Read Lord of the Flies

  1. We prefer that you use the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, ISBN: 0143129406
  2. You may buy a used text; however, we request that the text only has your marking in it.

2) Interact with the text. Highlight and annotate while you reading: Good readers interact with the text while reading, and it is important that you practice this skill while completing your summer reading assignment.

  1. As you read, mark at least 20 passages that are particularly vivid and write notes about what seems most compelling in the margins. Your highlighting and annotating should reflect your thinking about the author’s writing. If annotating is new to you, please reference this article for some helpful information about annotating. You don’t have to annotate on sticky notes, but it is a good way to easily locate your passages.
  2. As you annotate and highlight, pay special attention to:
    1. Characterization of Piggy, Simon, Ralph, Jack, and Roger
    2. Foreshadowing (Or what you suspect may be foreshadowing)
    3. Symbolism attached to the conch, light/dark imagery, and clothing
    4. The relationship between civility and savagery
    5. Sensory details (aka areas in the text that engaged your interest by utilizing sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch)
    6. Your emotional reaction to passages of the text
    7. Plot development

3.) Come to school on August 8 ready to show off your book and your knowledge

  1. You should have read, highlighted and annotated your book by the first day of school.
  2. You will turn in your text on the first day of English class.
  3. Be prepared to discuss and analyze the passages from your book and answer questions about the literary elements listed above when you take the summer reading assessment in the first week of school.
  4. Happy reading and see you in August!