English I Honors - SSMS Summer Reading Assignments

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2) Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman (Nonfiction). After losing her entire family to the Nazis at age 13, Alicia Appleman-. Jurman went on to save the ...

Lake Howell High School Summer Reading Packet English I Honors

9th Grade Honors: 2 Required Novels 1) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Fiction) Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

2) Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman (Nonfiction) After losing her entire family to the Nazis at age 13, Alicia ApplemanJurman went on to save the lives of thousands of Jews, offering them her own courage and hope in a time of upheaval and tragedy. Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has a young voice so vividly expressed the capacity for humanity and heroism in the face of Nazi brutality.

9th Grade Honors: 2 Required Assignments: Assignment #1 Directions: Poster Project for Life As We Knew It Worth 25 points Create a poster (22’’ x 28’’) that includes the following: 5 vocabulary words with their parts of speech and definitions. (As you read, keep a list of words of which you are unfamiliar.) 4 drawings of special objects or symbols from the novel. 3 significant quotations from the novel that demonstrate use of figurative language by the author (i.e., alliteration, imagery, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, or simile). With each quote, you must include the page number and the type of figurative language it represents. 2 drawings of scene illustrations from the novel.

Title and author of the novel on the front of the poster and your name and date on the back of the poster. Your poster should be original, neat, artistically pleasing, and should show that you have read and understand all directions. Due Date: The first class meeting of the third week of class. Assignment #2 Directions: Novel Analysis Graphic Organizer for Alicia: My Story Worth 25 points Name:______________________________________________ Date:___________________

Novel Analysis Graphic Organizer Part I: Character Identify the name of the main character. Write down one significant trait about the character and the page number(s) of a passage or quotation that best reveals the kind of person that character is.

Response: In the novel, Alicia: My Story, the main character is __________________________. Response: Character Trait: Passage or Quote with page number(s):

In what ways does the main character change, if at all? Include specific quotes and the pages numbers to support your response.

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Does the author develop the character well enough so that you can imagine them

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existing outside the novel? Give reasons for your answer.

Part II: Setting When and where does the story take place?

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Part III: Mood What is the overall mood of the book? (Humorous? optimistic? depressing? entertaining? preachy? informative?) In

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your explanation, list the page numbers of quotations or passages in which the author establishes mood.

Part IV: Theme What is the author's theme, main idea, or message? In your explanation, list the page numbers of quotations or passages in which the author states or implies the theme.

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Your graphic organizer should be detailed, thorough, and complete. It may be neatly handwritten or typed. Due Date: The first class meeting of the third week of class. In addition to the assignments above, students should be prepared to write about and discuss in detail both novels at the beginning of the school year.

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