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English III

 

English III AP Language Summer Assignment

 

I. Please procure, read, and annotate your own paper copy of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. The annotation guide handout (print this out!) will tell you how to annotate. Make sure you annotate thoroughly; just underlining or highlighting will not suffice--you need to take notes in the margins, react to what you read, question what does not make sense, pick out literary elements, etc. Your annotations will be checked for a grade on the first day of school. There will be a test and activities within the first two weeks of school. Do not consult any supplements, such as Sparknotes, Shmoop, or the like; such actions are considered cheating.

 

II. Read the following three essays: “The Perfect Essay” by John Kaag, “The Age of the Essay” by Paul Graham, and “How do you know it’s good?” by Marya Mannes.

  1. Read and annotate the essays. Your notes should prepare you not only to fulfill the writing requirement listed in this section, but also to write analytically about the essays in class within the first week of school.
  2. Graham is highly critical of high schools’ instruction in essay writing. Choose two of his arguments from “The Age of the Essay” that you find most interesting. In a well-developed response (250-500 words), argue for or against his assertions, using examples from your own experiences as necessary. You must be adding to the argument—do not simply summarize what Graham says and add “I agree.” Due the first day of school.

 

III. All necessary documents (the annotation guide as well as the three essays) are available on Ms. Baulch’s website: msbaulch.weebly.com.

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at cbaulch@covcath.org. Have a safe summer!

 

 

English III Honors Summer Assignment

 

I. Read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

  1. For Life of Pi, please procure, read, and annotate your own paper copy. This fictional book is written as if it were non-fiction; for that reason, it’s important to read the “Author’s Note” which begins the book—it’s part of the story itself, not “extra” material.
  2. Make sure you annotate thoroughly; just underlining or highlighting will not suffice--you need to take notes in the margins, react to what you read, question what does not make sense, pick out literary elements, etc. Your annotations will be checked for a grade on the first day of school. An annotation guide is also available on Ms. Baulch’s website: msbaulch.weebly.com.
  3. You will not have a writing assignment for Life of Pi to complete over the summer, but you should be prepared for a reading check assessment on the second day of school. Do not consult any supplements, such as Sparknotes, Shmoop, or the like; I consider such actions as cheating.
  4. Do not watch the film Life of Pi in lieu of reading the novel—they are significantly different!
  5. You are not required to annotate A Farewell to Arms.

 

II. The words "bravery" and "courage" are echoed through A Farewell to Arms. Choose one character from the book, and in a well-developed response (250-500 words), argue whether that character deserves to be called brave and heroic. Support with specific examples. Due the first day of school.

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at cbaulch@covcath.org. Have a safe summer!

 

 

English III CPI Summer Assignment

 

I. Read Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

  1. Please procure, read, and annotate your own paper copy. This fictional book is written as if it were non-fiction; for that reason, it’s important to read the “Author’s Note” which begins the book—it’s part of the story itself, not “extra” material.
  2. Make sure you annotate thoroughly; just underlining or highlighting will not suffice--you need to take notes in the margins, react to what you read, question what does not make sense, pick out literary elements, etc. Your annotations will be checked for a grade on the first day of school. An annotation guide is available on Ms. Baulch’s website: msbaulch.weebly.com.
  3. You will not have a writing assignment for Life of Pi to complete over the summer, but you should be prepared for a reading check assessment on the second day of school. Do not consult any supplements, such as Sparknotes, Shmoop, or the like; we consider such actions as cheating.
  4. Please wait to read the book until August, as we would like the information to be fresh in your mind. Do not watch the film Life of Pi in lieu of reading the novel—they are significantly different!

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either one of us over the summer at tmcdonald@covcath.org or cbaulch@covcath.org. Have a safe summer!

 


 

English III CPII Summer Assignment

 

  1. Please procure and read your own paper copy of Life of Piby Yann Martel. This fictional book is written as if it were non-fiction; for that reason, it’s important to read the “Author’s Note” which begins the book—it’s part of the story itself, not “extra” material.
    1. You are not required to annotate the book.
    2. Do not consult any supplements, such as Sparknotes, Shmoop, or the like; I consider such actions as cheating.
    3. Please wait to read the book until August, as I would like the information to be fresh in your mind.
    4. Do not watch the film Life of Pi in lieu of reading the novel—they are significantly different!

 

  1. After reading, respond to the prompt:
    1. Many of the beginning chapters of Life of Pi concern the nature of animals, how zoos operate, what makes animals happy or unhappy in captivity. Specifically, Pi explains what makes an animal want to escape, whether from a zoo or any other location. Pi says, “All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.”
    2. In a well-developed response (250-500 words), explain how Pi’s comment applies to Pi himself and his actions in the novel.
    3. Due the first day of school.

 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at cbaulch@covcath.org. Have a safe summer!

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