Honors English 9 Summer Reading Assignments

Incoming Honors English 9 Students have TWO components to their summer reading. It is important that BOTH portions of the assignment are completed BEFORE the first day of school in August.

ASSIGNMENT ONE

As incoming Honors English 9 students, your summer reading assignment is to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding. This book has been chosen to help you focus on your experience as a reader, a characteristic that is crucial to thriving as an honors-track English student. As you read this novel, please pay attention to how the author is using the English language to share specific ideas about characterization, as well as your own emotional reaction to the literature as you read.

Read Lord of the Flies

  • We prefer that you use this version for Lord of the Flies: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, ISBN: 014312940
  • You may buy used texts; however, we request that the text only has your marking in it.

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 Lord of the Flies, 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

Come to school on August 13 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!

ASSIGNMENT TWO: WRITING AND LITERACY SUMMER READING DISCUSSION

  • Read ALL FIVE of the short essays/transcripts linked below.
  • Interact with the texts. Annotate while you read. You may either read and record your annotations in a notebook/digitally/ or print off each article and write your annotations directly on the articles.
  • Consider ALL of the questions below and prepare your response/follow-up questions on a separate sheet of paper. You will only be able to use your notes during the discussion, and they should include quotes and statistics to back up your information from the narratives and articles provided for you (links below). Make sure to CITE where you get each piece of information, as this will be beneficial in our seminar (the Brebeuf English department uses MLA formatting, which would include the author’s last name in parentheses after each quote).

Questions for response:

  1. What does it mean to be literate?
  2. How does active reading impact the act of writing?
  3. How does technology impact the scope of language and literature study?
  4. What other life and social skills can we learn from reading and writing?
  5. What can writing and language do, besides convey information?

Come to school on August 13 prepared with your annotations and responses.

SOURCE LIST

NOTE: At publication of the summer 2020 reading assignment, all links were live and working. Please contact sokeefe@brebeuf.org if you encounter any issues, and we will make sure to update the links and provide an alternate way to access the information.


2020 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.

Read Lord of the Flies

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

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 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, 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

Come to school on August 13 ready to show off your book and your knowledge

  • You should have read, highlighted and annotated your book by the first day of school.
  • You will turn in your text on the first day of English class.
  • 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.
  • Happy reading and see you in August!