Wheaton Warrenville South Freshmen Summer Reading Assignment

Wheaton Warrenville South Freshmen Summer Reading Assignment

Wheaton Warrenville South Freshmen Summer Reading Assignment What is the Summer Reading Assignment? Read a book(s) Take indepth notes Develop critical thinking and reading skills Discuss, write, and take

a test about the texts. Why Do Your Future Teachers Want You to Read Over the Summer? e h t r o f To prep To foster a love s n o

ti a t c e p high ex r a e of reading y n e m h of fres to expose Prepare you for the To meet new

y ou to assignments that will characters & new be given at the start learn from of the school year l i t e r a t u r e them SHARPEN READING SKILLS Assessments Objective test second full day of school Written analytical essay second week of school Novel Options FRESHMEN I-LEVEL

When No One is Watching Joseph Hayes A charismatic Chicago politician causes a deadly accident where he flees the scene and doesnt take responsibility for the mess hes made. This is a tale of inspiration and redemption, and makes the reader think about the sins some people commit when no one is watching. Peace Like a River Leif Enger When Israel Finch and Tommy Basca, the town bullies, break into the home of school caretaker Jeremiah Land, wielding a baseball bat and looking for trouble, they find more of it than even they expected. For seventeen-year-old Davey is sitting up in bed waiting for them with a Winchester rifle. Told in the touching voice of an eleven-year-old boy, it revels in the legends of the wild west and the possibility of magic in the everyday world. Above all, it shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates. Boy 21 - Matthew Quick Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in brokendown Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of getting out someday, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.

FRESHMEN A-LEVEL The Bean Trees Barbara Kingslover The main character, Taylor Greer, cannot wait to leave Kentucky and start her own life. During her travels, the unexpected happens: she has to take care of an abandoned child. Throughout her experiences, Taylor learns the importance of belonging, and comes to terms with the idea of putting down roots. Boys Life Robert McCammon Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackensona place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lakeand a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible vision of death that will haunt him forever. As Cory struggles to understand his fathers pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that are manifested in Zephyr. From an ancient, mystical woman who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometownfor his fathers sanity and his own

life hang in the balance. Note-Taking Tips It is strongly recommended that you keep detailed notes as you read these works. However, do not simply summarize the plot. Instead, focus on the following: Defining unfamiliar vocabulary words Keeping a time-line of events Creating an organized list of characters including description, development, and change throughout the book VERY IMPORTANT Creating an organized list of themes and how they are developed, including important quotations Identifying literary devices Commenting on the authors writing styles Noting your personal reaction to events and character Listing questions you have regarding character actions, plot events, authors intentions, etc. *Remember to bring these notes and the novels to the first day of class. Terms to Know

Plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, dnouement Theme Direct, indirect characterization Types of characters: static, dynamic, flat, round, antagonist, protagonist Internal conflict/External conflict Six universal conflicts: man v. self, man v. man, man v. society, man v. nature, man v. technology, man v. supernatural Simile Metaphor Symbolism

Setting/Mood Points of View: first person, third person limited, third person omniscient Irony: verbal, dramatic, situational Personification Allusion Alliteration/Assonance Archetype (general) Character archetypes: hero, scapegoat, outcast, wise old man/

woman, temptress Symbol archetypes: colors, numbers, water, nature Tips from Current Freshmen Order the books early Dont wait until August to read the book, but dont read too early SparkNotes doesnt work in place of reading, but use the SparkNotes quizzes to test your understanding Annotate and know what to annotate for (follow what the letter told you to read for) Summarize each chapter once you read through it to review later Find a friend to discuss the book with QUESTIONS??

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