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OUR SAVIOR NEW AMERICAN SCHOOL
SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT 2012-2013
High School English
9th – 12th grade OSNAS students are required to read two novels if placed in an English Regular’s or Honor’s class and three novels if placed in an AP English class: Several grades will be given for the summer reading.

Dialectical response journals for each book (rubric attached). Exams on the assigned novels within the first days of school. In class essay questions on each of the novels.

9th Grade Regulars and Honors - Reading Assignment:
1.Fiction novel: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
*12 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
*12 Dialectical Journal Entries
10th Grade Regular and Honors - Reading Assignment:
1.Fiction novel: Matched by Ally Condie
*12 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:(Unabridged version) Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals *12 Dialectical Journal Entries
11th Grade Regular – Reading Assignment
1.Fiction novel: My Antonia by Willa Cather
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass *15 Dialectical Journal Entries
11AP Language and Composition – Reading Assignment
1.Fiction novel: My Antonia by Willa Cather
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas by Fredrick Douglas *15 Dialectical Journal Entries
3.Classic:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *15 Dialectical Journal Entries
12th Grade Regular - Reading Assignment:
1.Fiction novel: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Darrell Scott, Steve Rabey and Beth Nimmo
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
12AP Literature and Composition - Reading Assignment:
1.Fiction novel: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
2.Nonfiction:Rachel’s Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott by Darrell Scott, Steve Rabey, and Beth Nimmo
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries
3.Classic novel:Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
*15 Dialectical Journal Entries

Dialectical Journal Assignment Explanation
What is it?
The journal is a triple-entry, note-taking process done while reading any genre of literature. It is an attempt to transfer a reader’s interior monologue on paper by providing two columns which are in dialogue with one another, not only developing a method of critical reading but also encouraging habits of reflective questioning/thinking.

How is it done? (See sample journal attached).
Draw lines down the middle of a piece of notebook paper, thereby making three columns. The left column, labeled ―text or note taking is used for traditional note forms of direct quotations and citations or summaries. Thus, when you finish you have a log of the material you have read. The first column should reveal the quote, literary element/device and an entry number. The middle column states the page number in which you are obtaining your quote (remember a quote is not only a dialogue between two characters, but any text taken from the book – quotes are placed around the cited information to indicate that it is material from another source). The right column is used for commenting on the left-column quotes and literary elements/devices. Here you comment on your quote, the literary element/device, and record your questions, comments, and ideas next to the text that has piqued your interest. You will respond, analyze and evaluate your quote – a three step process. As you take notes, re-read previous pages of notes and comments, enabling you to draw any new connections in a right column summary before starting another page of note-taking/note-making.

Why is it important?
In the right-hand column, the reader comments on important text that has been identified....
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