Welcome to the Freshman Academy! ELA Introduction Mrs. Suzan Pigford Mrs. Jenny McGraw Mrs. Kendre Williamson Ms. Kasi Gedris General Reading Assignment All grades You will choose one of the following four novels for your first summer reading assignment: Matched by Ally Condie Kick by Walter Dean Myers Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu The Maze Runner by James Dashner Matched by Ally Condie “In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.” “Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow.” Kick by Walter Dean Myers “Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. . . until the night he ends up in jail.” Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omolulo “Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years. So, when her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911.” The Maze Runner by James Dashner “When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.” Assignment One: Keep a journal One quote from each chapter Cite using chapter and page number under quote Connect to the quote in a 10 sentence paragraph Text-to-Text Text-to-Self Text-to-World This will be turned in the first day of school to your English teacher! English II H Summer Reading Assignment The Book Thief by Markus Zusak “It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist… This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.” While you read you should look for….. I. Personal Connections II. Literary Elements • Characterization and character development • Symbolism • Point-of-view • Themes and motifs • Figurative language • Literary devices • Unknown vocabulary Assignment Your Double Entry Journal will contain: I. 50 Personal Connections For each heading/chapter you will include at least 5 quotes with personal connections per part and epilogue (9 parts and 1 epilogue=10 sections=50 connections). Only you are able to write your own thoughts! II. 30 Literary Elements/Vocabulary For each heading/chapter you will include at least 3 examples of literary elements or unknown vocabulary per part and the epilogue(9 parts and 1 epilogue= 10 sections= 30 entries). The left hand column of the journal is the place to document what you notice. These will come directly from the text. The right hand column is where you record your reactions/answers to this material. This section should be in 1st person. You need to make it personal-no one else could write what you write. Possibly Includes: Textual Notes- headings, titles, etc. Quotations Key terms Vocabulary Symbols Evidence of motifs or themes Evidence of characterization Possibly Includes: Immediate reactions Reactions after learning new information about the topic (e.g., through discussions, further reading) What more would you like to learn? Agree? Disagree? Why? What you understand/don't understand Compare/Contrast Connections to other sources/to what you already know Your interpretation of what you experienced Why is your question important? Perspective/Bias Example DEJ “slaves as black as Mississippi mud” (page 79) This simile compares the color of the skin of the slaves to mud, but it also reminds me of imagery because I can imagine how dark mud is. I wonder if Mississippi mud is especially dark for a particular reason? “I just wanted to say I’m really glad I got to do this poetry thing because I feel like, even though the people in our class are all different colors and some of you speak a different language and everything, I feel like we connected.” (page 164) What Tyrone is saying seems to be the theme of the entire book. Even though all of the students were different and nervous at first, they’ve come to accept and learn from one another through poetry. They’ve become like a family. “My name is Sterling Samson, but everyone calls me Preacher. I intend to become a science teacher, not a preacher, but I don’t mind being called one.” (page 87) Why does everyone call him preacher if he wants to be a science teacher? I’ve never met a kid that acted like a preacher. Simile Theme Personal Connection Happy Summer Reading!