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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

As determined by the curriculum, students will read, write and analyze a wide range of nonfiction and fiction selections.” Students will also learn to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to form opinions and arguments on various topics related to the literature and research material from these texts and other sources as well as cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as MLA.



In order to address the substantial amount of material required in this course, it is mandatory that student’s complete a summer reading assignment. The summer reading assignment will be added to the first nine weeks grade. Students will read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and complete a reading journal. Students must write twenty-two journal entries (one for each chapter) which include the following: a summary, two quotes that contain literary devices (identify the literary devices given), one quote that is important to the novel, and a personal response to the chapter. To receive full credit the entire novel must be represented.



Summary-At least one paragraph in which you give the main events of the chapter.


Literary Device Quotes- Identify two examples of literary devices such as: figurative language, syntax, tone, appeals, imagery, hyperbole, etc. You may find other devices that you are familiar with as well. Be sure to include the page number where you found the quote. (Example: “Among the necessities or near necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist watches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of kool-aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.” (2) Asyndeton)


Important Quote- Identify one quote that is important to one element of the novel. It needs to add to the readers understanding of the characters, plot, setting, theme, atmosphere, or conflict. Along with the exact quote, you must include a written explanation as to why the quote is important. (Example: “Slowly like a terrier who doesn’t want to bring a ball to its master, Lennie approached, drew back, approached again.” (9)This quote is important because it describes Lennie’s character. Despite Lennie’s size, he is a nervous man who fears getting into trouble. George who is described as Lennie’s master intimidates Lennie. Describing the couple as a dog and his master gives the reader an understanding of the roles of their relationship.)


Personal Response- Give your personal opinion about the chapter. This should include questions and insights. This can be no shorter than well written paragraph (at least five complete sentences).



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