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Summer Reading Foundations I 2017-18

                                  Take the time to invest in your mind

Learning Targets:

  • I can identify, compare, and analyze themes across a group of texts.  

  • I can use textual evidence to support my analysis of a text.

  • I can produce clear and coherent writing where my purpose, organization, and style are appropriate to the task and audience.  

  • I can engage in meaningful discussions by posing and responding to questions and supporting my thoughts.  

     The Expectations:

    1.     Join the summer reading Google Classroom: 4b75kx

    2.  Choose a category of texts from the choices below.  Read and analyze all of the pieces within that category.  

    a.     Note: Each category consists of short stories, a poem, music, a short video, and a piece of art.

    b.    Work with the category that most interests you.  Use all of the choices from the category you choose.

    3.  Read a novel from the suggested list.  Think about how it connects to the category you chose. 

    4.  Complete the graphic organizer for each text within the category and the novel.  Note: This will help organize your thoughts for future assignments. Feel free to take any other notes or print out stories and write your own annotations on the texts. 

     5.  When you return to school, you will be analyzing these texts further to demonstrate your understandings and to connect these texts further within the first unit of class.

     6.  This reading is meant to challenge your thinking, but also give you the opportunity for some choice.  Invest in yourself by challenging your mind and coming prepared to discuss your thoughts.

    7.  While we recognize the importance of discussing literature and collaborating with peers, it is important to complete your own work and avoid plagiarism. This will be a common theme throughout high school; to start enriching dialogue, you need to start with your own thoughts and connections.

     Formative Assessments:

    • Notes Graphic Organizer and/or Annotated Texts This will help to demonstrate your thought process while you were reading.
    • Socratic Discussion Students will ponder questions dealing with their category while posing and responding to questions that arise from their texts.
    • Written Reflection Piece Students will write a written reflection on their reading analysis throughout this assignment.  They will use this question to guide their thinking and support their thoughts with evidence from the text:
        • What theme or message could be applied to the category? Use evidence from multiple pieces to support your claim.
        • What devices or author's choices are used to develop the characters? Evidence?
        • What devices or author's choices are used to establish mood, tone, and theme?  Evidence?

    “Harrison Bergeron” - Kurt Vonnegut (Short story)

    “The Open Window” - Saki (Short story)

    “I Am For An Art” - Claus Oldenburg (Poem)

    “When You’re Evil” - Voltaire

    Weird, or just different?”- Derek Sivers (TEDTalks)

    “The Persistence of Memory” - Salvador Dali (Art)


    “What We Do For Love”

    “Pancakes” – Joan Bauer (Short story)

    “The Gift of the Magi” – O. Henry (Short story)

    “Loyal Housewife” - Daisy Zamora (Poem)

    “Love Yourself”- Justin Bieber (Song)

    “The Brain In love” - Helen Fisher (TEDTalks)

    “The Kiss” - Gustav Klimt (Art)


    “It ain’t your home, but it IS mine

    “The White Heron” – Sara Orne Jewett (Short story)

    “The Lost Boys” -  Sara Corbett (Nonfiction)

    “Mother to Son”--Langston Hughes (Poem)

    “Homeward Bound”- Simon and Garfunkel (Song)

    Pico Iyer: Where is home?” (TEDTalks)

    “Relativity“  - M.C. Escher (Art)


    “Blood and Zombies”

    “The Monkey’s Paw” - W. W. Jacobs (Short story)

    “The Lottery” - Shirley Jackson (Short story)

    “Because I could not stop for Death”- Emily Dickinson (Poem)

    “Death On Two Legs” - Queen (Song)

    “Zombie Neuroscience” - Shane O’Mara (TEDTalks)

    “The Scream” - Edvard Munch (Art)

    “A Thin Red Line in The Gray Zone”

    “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?” - Tim O’Brien (Short story)

    “The Sniper” - Liam O’Flaherty (Short story)

    “My Boy Jack” - Rudyard Kipling (Poem)

    “The Times They are a Changin’”- Bob Dylan (Song)

    “Our Lonely Society Makes It Hard To Come Home From War” - Sebastian Junger


    “In War and Paint” - Xavier Pick (Art)

    Novel Ideas:

    Bradbury, Ray.  Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Huxley, Aldous.  Brave New World

    Kesey, Ken.  One Flew Over the CuckooÕs Nest

    King, Stephen.  Misery

    Palahniuk, Chuck.  Fight Club

    Zusak, Mark.  The Book Thief

    Austen, Jane.  Pride and Prejudice

    Bronte, Charlotte.  Jane Eyre

    Bronte, Emily.  Wuthering Heights

    Dinesen, Isak.  Out of Africa

    Du Maurier, Daphne.  Rebecca

    Flaubert, Gustave.  Madame Bovary

    Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars; Looking for Alaska

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel.  The Scarlet Letter

    Roberts, Nora.  The Reef

    Rys, Jean.  Wide Sargasso Sea

    Shaw, George Bernard.  Pygmalion (Drama)

    Walker, Alice.  The Color Purple

    Wharton, Edith.  Summer

    Dillard, Annie.  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    Hansberry, Lorraine.  A Raisin in the Sun (Drama)

    Lee, Harper.  To Kill a Mockingbird

    Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Williams, Tennessee.  The Glass Menagerie (Drama)

    Baldacci, David. The Memory Man

    Capote, Truman.  In Cold Blood

    Eco, Umberto.  The Name of the Rose

    Fitch, Janet.  White Oleander

    Highsmith, Patricia.  Strangers on a Train.

    Picoult, Jodi.  House Rules

    Puzo, Mario.  The Godfather

    Sayers, Dorothy.  The Nine Tailors

    Sinclair, Upton.  The Jungle

    Cooper, James Fenimore.  The Last of the Mohicans

    Dickens, Charles.  A Tale of Two Cities

    Dumas, Alexandre.  The Count of Monte Christo

    Gardner, John.  Grendel.

    Knowles, John.  A Separate Peace

    Heller, Joseph.  Catch 22

    Hemingway, Ernest.  A Farewell to Arms.  The Sun Also Rises.

    Hersey, John.  Hiroshima.

    Maas, Sarah.  Tower of Dawn

    Wiesel, Elie.  Dawn. The Fifth Son

     Graphic Organizers

     Directions: Fill out a graphic organizer for each of the selections in the category.  Be sure to support your thoughts as this evidence will help you at a later time.  Then answer the questions connecting the category.****

    Title & Author

    What surprised you within the text?





    What changed, challenged, or confirmed your thinking?





    What theme or message did you take away from the author?





    What questions came up as you analyzed this selection?






    ****Copy this chart for each selection.



    What did you feel connected the category together? Or did it feel random?







    Which selections felt like outliers (a piece that didnÕt fit with the others) within the category?







    What themes appeared in more than one selection?  Did the authors go about creating these themes in the same way?






     Only fill this GO out once for reflection upon all texts.