Honors English 9 Summer Assignment
Dear Parents and Students Entering Honors English 9:
Welcome to Apache Junction High School and the Honors English 9 course! It is a privilege to serve you in the area of advanced academics at Apache Junction High School. This ninth grade year is the most important first step towards preparation for year thirteen.
An even more important first step and prerequisite for entering the Honors English 9 class is successful completion of the summer assignment. This assignment is vitally important to complete and turn in the FIRST DAY of class. It is the first assignment in the grade book for the first semester. The summer assignment is reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; a historical fiction book that takes place in the Deep South in the years just before World War II. The narrator remembers a time in her past that involved two important lessons.
So, what do you do now? Complete all of the following work during the summer. Remember these assignments are due the first day of classes. Be ready to take a test during the first week of class. These assignments demonstrate what knowledge and skills you possess as a beginning freshman. If the book isn’t read and the assignment isn’t completed, you will struggle significantly at the beginning of the course.
Steps to Follow
- Read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You can check out a book through the high school book store. However, it is recommended that you purchase a copy of the book in order to make notes as you read within the text.
- Type the book report; follow carefully the perimeters outlined on the rubric. The purpose of this book report is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of both the novel and common literary elements that you learned in elementary and junior high. Notice that the book report is no more than two pages. Give your best effort!
Thank you for taking the time to do your best! If you require any further information or have questions, please feel free to email me this summer at email@example.com. I look forward to our ninth grade year together. See you in August!
Honors English 9
Apache Junction High School
Rubric for Book Report
Honors English 9/ Period ________
Introduction (list format)
0 1 2 pts Title & Author
0 1 2 pts Copyright information (Correct citation format)
0 1 2 pts Setting (Time and Place)
0 1 2 pts Point-of-View
0 1 2 3 4 5pts
Identify Main Characters
0 1 2 pts Protagonist
0 1 2 pts Antagonist
0 1 2 pts Third Character
0 1 2 pts Fourth Character
0 1 2 pts External – man vs. man / nature / society
0 1 2 pts Internal – major decisions made by characters
Major Literary Devices
0 1 2 pts Author’s Tone
0 1 2 pts Symbol
0 1 2 pts Figures of Speech
0 1 2 pts Climatic Moment
0 1 2 pts Theme
0 1 2 pts Important Quotes
0 1 2 pts Your Opinion
Two Page Requirement
0 1 pts
** This grade sheet is to be attached to the front of your book report.
Book Report Format
Name: First and Last Name
Date: First day of class
Honors English 9
PROCEDURE: Each report must be no more than two pages, typed, single-spaced, size 12 font (Times New Roman). Name, teacher, class, and date (in that order) are at the top left-hand side on your report. Label each section in bold faced type. This is not a summary of the story.
Introduction (list format – not sentences)
- Title & Author
- Copyright information (MLA)
- Setting: Time and Place
- Point-of-View (For example: First person, Third person limited, Third person omniscient)
- Title Relation (Name of section)
- Explain in a paragraph how the title relates to the story. The paragraph contains a topic sentence stating how the title relates to the story, three sentences to support the topic with specific examples from the text, and one sentence closes. (5 sentences)
- Identify six main characters (6 sentences)
- Since this story has two protagonists, write a sentence to describe each person.
- Then, write a sentence to describe the person most representing the antagonist for each protagonist.
- Last, write two sentences that describes two interesting or important supporting characters.
- Discuss the major conflicts in the novel in two paragraphs. The paragraphs should contain a sentence discussing the conflict (external and internal), three sentences supporting the conflict with examples from the text, and a closing sentence.
- External – man vs. man / man vs. nature / man vs. society (1 paragraph with 5 sentences)
- Internal – major decisions made by the characters and their motivation – man vs. self (1 paragraph with 5 sentences)
- Literary Devices
- Discuss 3 major literary devices: Be sure to quote the sample with citation (page number) then explain your reasoning as to why each meets the criteria. This paragraph may be about eight or more sentences. Pick one from each of the following categories:
- Author's Tone: For example, morose, exuberant, choleric
- Symbols: describe the object and its deeper meaning relating to the story
Example: United States Flag = freedom and explain why
- Figures of Speech: ex. metaphor, simile, alliteration, repetition, imagery, or sensory details
- Identify the climactic moment - this should relate to the major external conflict. Explain how it put an end to the conflict and/or made a change in the attitude or personality of the protagonist.
- What is the theme (central message the author wants us to learn)? (8 sentences)
- This is a paragraph: topic sentence states the one theme you learned (for example, crime does not pay)
- Three sentences support and explain the topic with specific examples from the text, and one sentence closes. (If your theme is crime does not pay, explain why you chose it.)
- Use three quotes from characters in the story to illustrate your idea of the theme. Copy the quote exactly, surround it with quotation marks, and provide the page number when you found the text in parenthesis. “Here, here under the floor it is the beating of his heart” (32).
- Stick to one idea for a theme.
- Give your opinion on the novel. Did you like it? Did you understand it? (7 sentences) This part should include specifics to convince me you really read the entire book!