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English II

English II (10th Grade) Summer Reading

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Summer Reading Instructions

  1. Choose a novel
  2. Create a reading calendar
  3. Complete the journal

a. Summary: compose a summary of the reading: 100-word minimum.
b. Quotes: Choose passages that stand out to you, and record them in the left-hand column of the chart.
c. Response: In the right column, write your response to the text. Five–six sentences.

 i. Code: Label your responses using AT LEAST TWO of the following codes for each entry –– use different codes throughout:

(C) Connection – make a connection to another novel, movie, song, poem, et cetera.
(Q) Question – ask any question that you’re unclear about, or you want to know more about.
(E) Evaluate – make a judgment about what the author is trying to say.
(L) Literary analysis – notice symbolism, foreshadowing, structural elements, literary devices, et cetera, and evaluate.
(D) Diction – analyze the author’s diction and draw implications of meaning and tone.
(P) Prediction — make a prediction about what you think will happen next.

Sample Dialectical Journal


Pg & Codes

Response (5–6 sentences; two response codes)

“Better be with the dead, whom we, to grain our peace, have sent to peace, than on the torture of the mind lie in restless ecstasy.”


(E) In this speech from Macbeth, it’s clear to see that his regicidal plans have resulted in his own suffering. He imagines himself, a king, better off dead—as death to him is the only true peace. (L) Shakespeare uses a two-word paradox here, an oxymoron, to explore Macbeth’s psychology: Macbeth calls his stolen leadership “restless ecstasy,” as he has climbed to the top of his social hierarchy, but is already paranoid of death and the discovery of his immoral usurpation of Duncan’s throne (Shakespeare 35). He should be in ecstasy, by actually, it’s torture. (P) I predict that Macbeth will ultimately lose his mind, go on a killing spree, but die due to his hubris. This kind of paranoia never plays out well in Shakespeare.


Summer Reading Selections



Enders GameOrson Scott Card — Ender’s Game

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.


John Green — The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


Stephen Chobsky — The Perks of Being a Wallflower


This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. 

AbsolutelySherman Alexie — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
BeforeJulia Alvarez — Before We Were Free

Anita de la Torre is a twelve-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Most of her relatives have emigrated to the United States, her Tío Toni has disappeared, Papi has been getting mysterious phone calls about butterflies and someone named Mr. Smith, and the secret police have started terrorizing her family for their suspected opposition to the country’s dictator. While Anita deals with a frightening series of events, she also struggles with her adolescence and her own personal fight to be free.

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