Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer Reading Requirement

The 18th-century English essayist Sir Richard Steele suggested, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body". Our goal is to establish life-long reading habits as well as prepare students for college. Avid readers tend to do better on standardized tests, have greater comprehension of all types of literature and non-fiction works, and are more successful in school.

Choose one novel from the list. For each chapter,
o write a brief (depending upon the length of the chapter) summary in your own words
o provide a significant quote from the chapter cited correctly [“You should use this format when citing a quote.” (Hawthorne 112)]
o explain why you chose this quote (This is not an interpretation of the quote; this is an explanation of the quote’s personal meaning to you.) Please explain any literary devices used in the quote, if any. A single sentence explanation is not sufficient. Writing “Because I like it” is not sufficient.

As I Lay Dying
The Awakening
Crime and Punishment
A Farewell to Arms
Heart of Darkness
Jude the Obscure
Nineteen Eighty-four
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
All the King’s Men
Anna Karenina
Brave New World
Cry, the Beloved Country
Gulliver’s Travels
The Jungle
Main Street
Major Barbara
Moll Flanders
Oliver Twist
A Raisin in the Sun
The Things They Carried
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Age of Innocence
Billy Budd
The Brothers Karamazov
Don Quixote
Huckleberry Finn
The Misanthrope
Pride and Prejudice
The Sound and the Fury
A Tale of Two Cities
Tom Jones
Wuthering Heights
Bless Me, Ultima
Great Expectations
Jane Eyre
Little Women
Lord of the Flies
My √Āntonia
The Red Badge of Courage
East of Eden
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath
Tess of the D'Ubervilles
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Animal Farm
Ethan Frome
O! Pioneers

Choose a novel you have not previously read or studied at school. You may also choose a novel from the AP English Literature topics found at

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