Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading 2018:  IB Language and Literature HL1

Summer’s leisurely pace provides a wonderful setting in which to begin to prepare for one of the IB English assessments known as the Individual Oral Commentary.   And you can do it from the comfort of your own backyard.

The North Shore High School IB Language and Literature HL 1 teachers are eager to provide you with that opportunity. They, therefore, present two intriguing choices (below) for your Summer Reading assignment.  Please select ONE of the texts.

While most students prefer purchasing their books, copies will be available at the NSHS library, and both the Sea Cliff and the Gold Coast Public Libraries.  You can also download eBook versions.

The assignment will be graded as a formal first quarter assessment at the end of September.

Choose ONE of the texts below (descriptions adapted from Amazon) to read.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: Oskar is nine-year-old boy moving through unspeakable grief after the death of his father in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  He is on a mission that will take him through every borough in New York City as he searches for the lock that fits a mysterious key that his father left behind.  


Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible is a narrative in five voices: the wife of missionary Nathan Price and his four daughters. Price is a fierce evangelical Baptist minister who journeys to the Belgian Congo in 1959 with his Christian message. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.



Your Task:

As you read, earmark two 40-50 line extracts (passages) from the novel that exemplify something you consider to be an important theme. Each should focus on a different theme. 

Make a photocopy of both of your chosen extracts, with a theme written on each, and annotation and notation that supports the idea of that theme. Bring both passages to class when the assignment is due. Each photocopied passage will receive points based on how strongly and thoroughly the selection, annotation, and notations demonstrate a clear and supportable theme.