11th Grade

Incoming 11th Grade Academic Summer Reading

THIS BOOK SHOULD BE PURCHASED AND READ PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!



Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's 1937 novella tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who move from place to place looking for work in order to survive The Great Depression. The tale uses the friendship between the two and their struggles in order to highlight dignity, loneliness, the nature of dreams, and what stands between us and our own ambitions.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.

On the first day of class:

  • Annotations will be collected
  • There will be a reading quiz
Later in the year we will explore the book a second time looking for new ideas, close reading the text, and examining the writing style of Steinbeck. There will be a writing assessment that goes along with the unit in class.

Writing Areas of Focus:
  1. topic sentences
  2. proper embedding

Incoming 11th Grade Honors Summer Reading

THIS BOOK SHOULD BE PURCHASED AND READ PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!



Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's 1937 novella tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who move from place to place looking for work in order to survive The Great Depression. The tale uses the friendship between the two and their struggles in order to highlight dignity, loneliness, the nature of dreams, and what stands between us and our own ambitions.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.

On the first day of class:

  • There will be a reading quiz
  • Also, we will conduct a research project based around the novella that will be designed to better understand the time period but also to introduce us to the concepts and themes we will discuss in 11th grade Honors.

Further into the unit, there will potentially be a writing assessment.

Writing Areas of Focus:

  1. topic sentences
  2. proper embedding

AP Language & Composition Summer Reading

We will read the following texts in class next year. The district will provide copies for you. Rather than borrow, some students purchase their own books to more easily annotate. THIS IS OPTIONAL AND VOLUNTARY: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Students will annotate while they are reading. The annotations will be collected on the first day of class. An objective test will be given on the first day of class.


The Scarlet Letter

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reading the opening section, "The Custom House", is optional. (I'd skip it and start with Chapter One "The Prison Door" -- V. Leskusky)


Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck



The Things They Carried

By: Tim O' Brien

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