The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and it is time for Summer Reading! Whether you’re lounging on an Adirondack chair under a shady tree, or relaxing on a beach blanket in the sand, summer presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy books in a relaxed and leisurely setting.
The North Shore High School English 10R teachers are eager to share that experience with you. They, therefore, present three intriguing choices for your Summer Reading assignment.
While most students prefer purchasing their books, copies will be available in the North Shore High School Library, and both the Sea Cliff and the Gold Coast Public Libraries. You can even download eBook versions!
The assignment will be graded as a formal first quarter assessment at the end of September (rubric attached).
Choose to one of the outstanding novels below: The Hate U Give, Twisted, or A Thousand Splendid Suns. Read the novel and complete the graphic organizer task on the next page. You will be given an additional assignment shortly after school begins that will grow out of the summer work, and you will be permitted to use the graphic organizer for assistance.
The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and her fancy suburban prep school. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed, and soon, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr. Everyone wants to know what really went down that night, and the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. (Adapted from medium.com)
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for graffiti, and spent the summer working outdoors to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy and Tyler's secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world. (Adapted from penguinrandomhouse.com)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. (amazon.com)
Select three themes that you want to follow throughout the novel.
For each of the themes, find three textual examples (passages).
You will have a total of 9 responses.
For each passage you select, explain how it relates to your chosen theme.
To go from topic to theme, answer the question: What is the author saying about the topic?
List of Topics
Coming of Age
Role of Family
An Example (from Romeo & Juliet)
Topic: extreme passion
Theme: People should not allow themselves to be carried away by extreme emotions.
Example from the text
Analysis: How does your example connect to the theme?
Act II. scene vi. 9-11.
Friar Lawrence: “These violent delights have violent ends /
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder / Which, as they kiss,
Friar Lawrence is warning Romeo against getting swept away by the intensity of his emotions for Juliet. Through a simile, he cautions Romeo that these extreme emotions can be destructive. Friar Lawrence exposes the paradox when he identifies the “delights” of love yet cautions Romeo against the inherent “violent ends” of such pleasures.