Welcome Incoming 10th Grade Accelerated English (preAP English 2A) students!!
In order to best prepare you for a rigorous, academic year in English, we don’t want you to lose those fabulous reading skills you’ve acquired with your 9th grade English teacher. As such, IHS has implemented a summer reading program. Students are encouraged to read a minimum of six books over the summer. Five of these titles are completely of your choosing—go crazy and have fun. We’ll leave it up to you as to the definition of fun. These books should have chapters in them and should be at least 100 pages long. Feel free to delve into some adolescent literature like Charlotte’s Web, Tom Sawyer, or Little Women. Ms. Daniell reserves the right to mock anyone who chooses to read Twilight on purpose.
For the sixth title, incoming 2A students are being asked to read George Orwell’s Animal Farm. In addition to simply reading the text, all students will be expected to keep a dialectical journal. Dialectical journals are a type of double-entry note-taking that students can use while reading literature. In the two columns students write notes that dialogue with one another, thereby developing critical reading and reflective questioning.
Page 1: Keep track of the books you read this summer. Remember, the goal is six. If you start a book but do not finish it, you may include it in your list.
Page 2: Before you start reading, please complete and glue in the Anticipation Guide to your Dialectical Journal
Page 3: Before you start reading, spend 5 minutes brainstorming questions on the term “Power.” Write as many questions as you can think of. Don’t worry about the questions you come up with, whether they’re “right” or “good enough.” If you can, work with another, 2A student, feel free. Do not try to fix your questions. Do not judge your questions. Do not answer your questions.
Page 3 and beyond: Dialectical Journal for Animal Farm.