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VHS SUMMER READING
Actively read and annotate the following books:
In order to mark the text, students are encouraged to purchase these required books.
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
Anthem by Ayn Rand
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Bael
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
If students do not purchase the books, books will be available at the high school media center for check out. However, students are still required to comment on and record their thoughts in a double entry journal. Below is an example of what a double entry journal looks like.
Information (quote, phrase, descriptive words, names of people, places, and things)
Interpretations (my reactions to what I wrote in column 1)
Most people read in a relaxed, almost passive way. They let the story or poem carry them along without asking too many questions. To write about literature well, however, you need to read actively, paying attention to various aspects of the text. This special sort of attention will not only deepen your enjoyment of the story but will also help generate the information and ideas that will become your final paper.
How do you read actively?
Preview the text. To get acquainted with a work of literature before you settle in for a closer reading, skim it for an overview of its content and organization. Take a quick look at all parts of the work.
Take notes. Annotate the text. Read with a highlighter and pencil at hand, making appropriate annotations to the text. Later, youíll easily be able to review these highlights, and, when you write your paper, quickly refer to supporting evidence.
- Underling words, phrases, or sentences that seem interesting or important, or that raise questions.
- Jot down brief notes in the margin. (ie: key symbols, foreshadowing, dramatic irony).
- Use lines or arrows to indicate passages that seem to speak to each other
- Read closely. Once you have begun reading in earnest, donít skim or skip over words you donít know, rather look up those words.
- Reread as needed. Reread passages you though important to highlight.
What am I being graded on?
Your grade will be based on two things. Annotations and an in class essay that will be completed the first week of school. You will be required to submit your book that should demonstrate that you actively read the work. If you cannot buy the book, your double entry journal will serve as this portion of the grade.
Students will write an essay on one of the novels during the first week of school. Students can use their book and/or their journal/chart responses to write their essay. The essay topics will be assigned at random by the teacher. Students should be prepared to write on either book.
Students will be required to read actively and annotate their book. An annotation is a note of explanation or comment added to a text. An example of an annotated text can be found in the PDF's under Summer Reading 2014.