Colleen Rivera holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in special education. She has 25 years of teaching experience.
Assignment Explanation & Topic Overview
Avoid the summer slide by practicing important English skills. This assignment will help students to plan and prepare for 11th grade English by continuing to practice and polish their reading, writing, and comprehension skills during the summer. 10th Grade English Chapters 2 - 21 may be helpful as a reference for this assignment.
- Structure: How the elements of a story are organized
- Character: Any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work
- Setting: The context in which a story takes place, which includes the time, place, and social environment
- Theme: The underlying message or main idea in a literary work
- Plot: The sequence of events that make up a story
- Foreshadowing: The hints that a writer gives about what will happen later in the story
- Flashback: A literary device that interrupts the timeline of the story to take the reader back in time to past events
- Symbolism: A literary device where one object, person, or situation is used to represent something else
- Inference: Using clues in the text to draw logical conclusions
- Point of View: The author's perspective
- Thesis Statement: A sentence that clearly gives the main idea
- The Writing Process: The steps of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
- Quoting Sources: Giving credit to the original source of information
- Informative Writing: Writing that has the purpose of educating the reader
Instructions for Students
You will create a summer reading plan by choosing what you will read and how you will interact with the reading to deepen your understanding of it in order to prepare yourself for 11th grade.
Choosing What to Read
Choose one in each of these categories. Suggested authors are listed.
- Novel: Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, Marcus Zusak, Franz Kafka, Julia Alvarez, Michael Shaara, Homer
- Short story: Nikolai Gogol, O. Henry, Tillie Olsen, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Poem: William Shakespeare, John Donne, Percy Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, A. E. Houseman
- Play: William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Eugene Ionesco, Athol Fugard
- Video/movie based on a novel, short story, or play: any of the above authors
This will give you a total of 5 items to cover over the summer. You should be able to find all of your items by searching the internet.
How to Interact
Take notes as you read (or, in one case, watch) each work. A graphic organizer, the Cornell Method, bullet journaling, or sketch-noting are all acceptable methods of note-taking. A simple internet search will give you information on these note-taking techniques. Choose the note-taking method that you feel will work the best for you. These notes will help to guide you as you reflect on and analyze each work.
For each work, you will write an informative essay. Be sure to cover literary elements (plot, setting, characters, theme) and literary devices (such as foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism). In each essay, you will need to hone in on an appropriate, relevant topic. It shouldn't be too broad or too narrow. The informative essay should capture the essence of the work as well as the particular aspects that make it stand out from other works. Your notes will prove useful in creating your topic and writing the essay in general. Use your knowledge of the writing process, start with an outline, and be sure to include important elements such as a thesis statement and appropriately quoting your sources.
|Five appropriate works were chosen|
|Well-organized, thorough notes for each work|
|Manageable essay topic that isn't too broad or too narrow|
|Evidence that shows the writing process was followed|
|Important writing elements were used in the essay such as thesis statements and quoting sources|
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