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The American International School in Egypt
Summer Reading Assignments
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Grade 9/Grade 9 Honors English ……………………………… p. 2

Grade 10 & Grade 10 Honors ……….…………………………… p. 6-10

Grade 11…………………………………………………………… p.11-12

IB Language & Literature, Grade 11 …….……………………… p. 13

IB Literature, Grade 11 …………...……………..………………. p. 14-35

Grade 12…………………………………………………………… p. 36-37

IB Literature, Grade 12…………………………………………… p. 38


Grade 9 English/Grade 9 Honors English - Summer Reading Assignment
F. FREY INSTRUCTOR.ROOM 308 ffrey@aisegypt.com

ASSIGNMENT DUE FIRST DAY OF CLASS UNLESS NOTED/NO EXCEPTIONS
Welcome to the World of High School and in particular, Honors Ninth Grade English. In preparation for what’s to come this year in English, you must complete a few “rites of literary passage” over the summer. This should be a joy, not a task because you prepare yourself for a new adventure, a new world, so to speak. I am sure you all wish to be ready! You need to complete the following preparations for your foray into this “Brave New World.” (This is an allusion to a novel by Aldous Huxley; I hope you all know what is an allusion.)

  • ALL WORK IS 12 POINT, TIMES ROMAN, MLA STYLE PRESENTATION

  • YOU WILL PUT THE PACKET TOGETHER BY SECTION ACCORDING TO THE ROMAN NUMERALS

  • YOU WILL CREATE A TITLE PAGE FOR THE FINAL PACKET THAT IS STILL 12 POINTS, AND HAS AN ILLUSTRATION THAT REPRESENTS YOU ON THE FRONT (ANY SIZE THAT WILL FIT). NAME, DATE, HONORS 9

  1. Literary and Figurative Language Terms:

  • List and define the following terms. Put a brief denotative definition AND THEN one which you understand on your own terms, and finally, an example. You will be tested on them the first day. This is only a beginning list. I am sure you know most of them from eighth grade.

1. alliteration 10 motif 18. imagery


2. rhyme 11. mood 19. meter
3. idiom 11. tone 20. hyperbole
4. metaphor 12. rhythm 21. symbol (symbolism)
5. simile 13. allusion 22. contrast
6. onomatopoeia 14. assonance 23. synthesis
7. oxymoron 15. allegory 24. analyze
8. personification 16. connotation 25. Denotation


  1. View the following “TED” talk by author, Chimamanda Adichie, about the power of words and stories.

https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story


  • Take notes

  • Type (MLA style) a 300-word reaction ESSAY to what she is discussing.

  • Make sure you have a strong thesis statement.

  • DO NOT USE ANY FORM OF THE PRONOUNS “I”, YOU, OR WE!




  1. Read and Annotate the Following Novels: “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. As you read these two novels, think about the two different “Utopian” or “perfect” societies portrayed by the authors.

  • You may download the two books it at the sites provided, or purchase hard copies if you can find them. THERE WILL BE NO EXCUSES FOR NOT HAVING THE BOOKS!

  • Animal Farm” at http://msxnet.org/orwell/print/animal_farm.pdf

  • Brave New World” at https://archive.org/details/ost-english-brave_new_world_aldous_huxley

  • If you download the work, you must have it printed, and bound, in order to properly annotate it.

  • For annotations, find a system that works for you:

  • Read for meaning, not every page is, of course, noted

  • Circle or underline some vocabulary you like or don’t understand

  • Passages you like or that make a point

  • Characters you feel are important or something important they say or do that tells you about them

  • Make notes and observations to yourself on the sides of the pages.

  • Don’t get hung up on this too much, this is supposed to help you understand the novel, not slow down the reading process, okay?

IV. For one of the novels you will write a 700 word, MLA style essay about the Five Elements of Fiction: Setting, Character, Theme, Plot and Conflicts (major ones that drive the novel) in the novel.

  • A useful website that will help you with MLA style or many of your language questions is: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

  • DO NOT USE ANY FORM OF THE PRONOUNS “I”, “WE” OR “YOU”.

  • Self Edit using the Six Elements of Writing:

    • Ideas

    • Organization

    • Word Choice

    • Voice

    • Conventions (grammar, etc.)

    • Sentence Fluency

    • Presentation (yes, this makes seven)

  • This will be due the FIRST day of class.




  1. For one of the novels you will create a mobile, chart, poster or some other interesting visual project that portrays the Five Elements of Fiction as noted above.

  • This will be due the SECOND day of class.


****Do not procrastinate on getting started on these assignments. If you are travelling, that is a good time to read books. Or if you are just sitting around playing video games or surfing the net or absorbed in Facebook; stop and take an hour or two to work on this. Your projects will be done in no time.***

See you at the beginning of school! Be safe in whatever you do!

Grade 10 & Grade 10 Honors English - Summer Reading Assignment
1. Buy a copy of “The Thief and the Dogs” by Naguib Mahfouz in ENGLISH.
2. Read “The Thief and the Dogs” by Naguib Mahfouz in ENGLISH.
3. Answer six of the following questions. Each question must be answered as completely as possible. You must choose one question from each of the six sections ( Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation ).
4. This assignment is due on the first Thursday of the first week that you return to school, BEFORE 3:30pm. It must be typed and printed following MLA style.
5. The Questions:

Bloom's Taxonomy Book Review Questions

KNOWLEDGE: ( Follow the instruction on the prompt )

1. Make a list of facts you learned from the story

2. List the characters and describe them

3. List five new words you learned in the book. Write down their dictionary pronunciation and meaning.

4. If your book was a mystery, tell what the mystery was and how it was solved

5. List ten good words from the book. Put them into a word search

6. What problems does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it?

7. Where did the story take place?

8. List the places mentioned in the book.

9. What other books has this author written?

10. What is the time period in which the book happens?



COMPREHENSION: (Minimum one paragraph. A paragraph must have AT LEAST five sentences)

11. What was the problem in the book, and how was it solved?

12. Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Why?

13. What kind of book is this? List three evidences of this.

14. What was the author's purpose or purposes in writing this book?

15.  If you could continue the story, what events would you include? Why?

16. List the five major events in the story in the correct order.

17. Tell in your own words the beginning of the book.

18. Describe what is happening in the first illustration in the book.

19. How did the main character feel during the book? Give evidence of this.

20. What did the title have to do with the book?

21. Tell in your own words how the setting of the story made it more interesting.



APPLICATION : : ( Minimum one paragraph. A paragraph must have AT LEAST five sentences )

23. Did this book remind you of anything that has happened to you? What? Why?

24. Did this book give you any new ideas about yourself? Why?

25. What would the main character be likely to do if s/he visited out classroom?

26. If you were in a problem situation like one in the book, how would you have acted? Be sure to tell what the situation is.

27. What lesson did you learn from the story?

28. Tell about a time something similar to what happened in the story happened to you or to someone you know.

29. Write a letter to a friend recommending this book.

30.  Pretend you are one of the characters in the book. Write a diary about the happenings in your life for two consecutive days.

31.  List the places in the book that are important. Then make up a map including these places as you imagine they may look. It may be a city map or a country map or any other kind of map.

32. What changes would have to be made if the book occurred 200 years ago?

ANALYSIS : : ( Minimum one paragraph. A paragraph must have AT LEAST five sentences )

33. If your story happened in a foreign land, compare that land to the United States.

34.  If your story occurred long ago, compare that time with today in a good paragraph. If it was a modern story, compare it with a long time ago and tell what would be different.

35.  Pick one of the main characters. Think of a shape that fits that person's traits. Draw the shape. Then describe the character inside the shape.

36. Decide which parts of the book include the five W's (who, what, when, where, why) and the H (how). Then write a good paragraph for a newspaper article including these facts.

37. Write a different ending to the book. Tell why you changed it.

38. Tell five ways the main character is like you.

39. Find one word that describes a character in your book very well. Give five reasons for your choice of words.

40. In a good paragraph, state the main idea of the book.

41.  Compare this book with the last book you read.

42.  Compare two of the characters in this book.

SYNTHESIS : : ( Minimum one paragraph. A paragraph must have AT LEAST five sentences )

43.  What part would you change in the story, and why?

44.  Using information from the book about one of the main characters, rewrote the ending of the book.

45. Write another short story using the same characters.

46. Name one character. Rewrite the story from this character's point of view.

47.  Write a poem about this book.

48. Organize this book into three or more sections and give your own subtitle for each section.

49.Design a poster for this book.

50.  Pretend you are a librarian recommending this book to someone. Write a paragraph telling what you would say.

51. Make an eight-section comic strip with captions showing the main events of the story

52. Make a radio announcement t advertise the book. Write it out.

53. Prepare a book jacket that illustrates the kind of book as well as the story

54. Design costumes for the characters

55. The climax of any book or story is the exciting or interesting part. Tell what you think is the climax of the book and why.

56. Choose an interesting character from your book. Think of what his/her dislikes are; then think of a gift you would like to give him/her. Design a greeting card to go along with the gift in which you explain why you gave that gift.

57.  Identify one problem in the book and give an alternate solution one not given by the author.



EVALUATION : : ( Minimum one paragraph. A paragraph must have AT LEAST five sentences )

58. Who do you think the author intended to read this book and why?

59. If you could only save one character from the book in the event of a disaster, which one would it be and why?

60. Is the title a good one or a poor one and why?

61. Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

62. Which character in the book would you choose for a friend? Why?

63. What did you think was the most interesting part of the book? Why?

64. Tell about the most exciting part of the book, being sure to give at least three reasons why.







English 11: American Literature Summer Assignment

Ms. Zabaneh / dzabaneh@aisegypt.com Ms. F. Frey / ffrey@aisegypt.com

Welcome to American Literature. You will have to read and annotate the following book as well as write an essay analyzing its main themes. You also need to make sure you know the attached literary terms. You will be quizzed the first day of class, on the literary terms. Take this assignment very seriously. It will be your first essay and assignment grade for Term 1.


1. Print or buy the novel, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and bind it. Then read it and annotate it. Use the following colors for annotation:
Yellow: Plot points (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement)

Green: Theme

Orange: Symbolism

Blue: Characterization

Pink: Figurative language

Pen: Questions/Analysis/Commentary


2. Essay: Assignment:

After you read and annotate the book, write a 4-5-paragraph essay. You should have an intro, two-three body paragraphs and a conclusion. Your thesis statement should be at the end of your intro. You should have two quotes from the text to support your ideas in each body paragraph. Internal Citations and a Works Cited Page are required in MLA Format.


1. In a well-written essay examine Holden’s behavior and relationships at school and at home to determine what is wrong with him. Is Holden an insane person in a sane world, or is he a sane person in an insane world? What are the criteria for insanity or sanity? How does his world and Holden reflect the criterion as you define them?
2. Many novels and plays focus on individuals involved in a struggle to find themselves or to seek a purpose in life. Sometimes the effort pays off; sometimes it does not. Write an essay in which you explain Holden’s search or struggle throughout the novel, assess to what extent it succeeds, and analyze how it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.
Both your annotated text and your essay are due on the FIRST day of school.

Your essay must be submitted to Turnitin.com. Your teacher will give you the class code the first week of school.


Literary and Figurative Language Terms:


  • List and define the following terms. Put a brief denotative definition AND THEN one which you understand on your own terms, and finally, an example. You will be tested on them the first day. This is only a beginning list. I am sure you know most of them from previous grades.

1. alliteration 10 motif 18. imagery


2. rhyme 11. mood 19. meter
3. idiom 11. tone 20. hyperbole
4. metaphor 12. rhythm 21. Symbol/symbolism
5. simile 13. allusion 22. contrast
6. onomatopoeia 14. assonance 23. synthesis
7. oxymoron 15. allegory 24. analyze
8. personification 16. connotation 25. Denotation

IB Language and Literature: Junior Summer Assignment

Ms. Zabaneh / dzabaneh@aiseegypt.com



1. Read and annotate George Orwell’s 1984. (Print and bind the book first). You will need at least 5 highlighters for this assignment. Annotate the entire text using the following color code:

Yellow: Plot points (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement)

Green: Theme

Orange: Symbolism

Blue: Characterization

Pink: Figurative language

Pen: Questions/Analysis/Commentary
Watch the following video if you are not sure how to annotate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzrWOj0gWHU


2. 1984 Assignment:

As you read, keep in mind the following themes. Write down at least three (3) significant quotes that deal with each idea. Your quotes should reflect a thorough reading and be from different sections of the book. Include the page number for each quote. Then, comment on the importance or significance of the quote as it relates to the theme or symbol. If there is the use of a literary device or feature in the quote, comment on this as well. These responses should be at least a paragraph in length (8-10 sentences) and be analytical in nature and not a plot re-telling. Be sure to label all entries clearly. This assignment should be written in MLA Format.



  1. Power and Control

  2. Freedom and Individualism

  3. Fear and Isolation

  4. Censorship and Manipulation

  5. Language and Thought

IB courses are university-level, so your thinking and writing should be the highest quality you can produce. It goes without saying that your paper should be your original work. Your assignment will be submitted on Turnitin.com during the first week of school.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me during the summer.



See you all in September!

IB LITERATURE, GRADE 11 – SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT – 2014/15

EXAMS IN MAY, 2015

ffrey@aisegypt.com
The goal of this course is to successfully fulfill the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Language A: Literature program. Therefore, the class seeks to arm its students with the ability to “close read” and analyze a literary text, section of a text, play, poetry, and or film, according to college level theoretical, philosophical, historical, and cultural constructions.
Students will embark on an intellectual “odyssey” over two years that employs a deliberate, careful, structured dissection of various genres and periods of literary works from around the globe, and then critically reflect in discursive writing and speech about the social, cultural, scholarly, and historical values of a piece.
The rigor of the course also demands that students develop the power of intellectual interpretation, evaluation, analysis and examination of independent critical theories in order to write responsively and clearly.
Although this summer assignment hopes to help the student begin their journey into IB Literature, it is highly recommended, almost essential, that students take the IB Summer Seminar with Mr. Ernest Rodriguez to better prepare for the next two years of work.
ASSIGNMENT #1


  1. Purchase a hard copy of William Golding’s, “Lord of the Flies”.

  2. Pre-read the novel by:

  • Carefully look at the title, author, back and front covers.

  • Look at the date written and published.

  • Thumb through the work for illustrations, chapter titles anything that may stand out.

  • Do you know anything about the author? Maybe briefly review any information about him that you can find.

  1. Read the work.

  2. While reading, annotate the novel using the following technique:

  • Green = Observations, special notes, vocabulary, etc.

  • Yellow = Theme

  • Blue = Characters and Characterization

  • Orange = Plot/Conflicts

  • Pink = Symbolism

  • Pen = Notations, questions, etc. in the margins

  1. Write a 500 word 12 pt. double-spaced essay reflecting on how this type of annotation may help you to understand the novel:

  • What was the hardest part about this process?

  • What was the most helpful part of this process?

  • What would you like to add to this process that would help you.

  • How can you streamline the process to help you?


VI. At the bottom of your 500-word essay, create a THESIS STATEMENT about the theme of “Lord of the Flies”. Only a thesis statement, not an essay or anything else.

ASSIGNMENT #2/LITERARY TERMS


  1. Below you will find a long document that is “Literary Terms, Poetic Devices and “Critical Lenses” that you need to learn and apply in your body of work.

The HIGHLIGHTED terms are the ones you ABSOLUTELY MUST KNOW for the beginning of the year.



  1. To help the learning process, you must create a set of flashcards with these terms.

  • Certain terms will have more than one definition inside it. For example: IRONY. There are several different types of irony. Each type will have ITS OWN FLASHCARD.

  • Each card will have its own definition on one side and the term on the other. Not just the accepted definition, but also a definition that you will remember and can affectively use.




  • You must be able to effectively employ these terms, so try them on, model them, wear them (hahaha) if you must!!!! But learn them!




  • Put them on a large Binder Ring and carry them everywhere you go to learn them: in the car at the beach on the toilet in the car at the beach on the toilet……this is your chant you will chant them like a yoga mantra…ommm my literary terms..




  • You will possible have a quiz on these at any time, any place! Trust me, by the end of the term, you will know them better than your name: “What is your name?” “My name is ASIDE”.




  • Bring these cards with you the first day of school!


I can’t wait to see you all and work with you!!! Email me if you have a problem or to just discuss life…..Frey


List of Literary and Poetic Terms /and “Critical Lenses”

Abstract

Not related to the concrete properties of an object; pertaining to ideas, concepts or qualities.



Adage

Wise saying; proverb; short, memorable saying that expresses a truth and is handed down from one generation to the next; short saying that expresses an observation or experience about life; maxim; aphorism; apothegm.





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