Summer Reading List

Topics: Writing, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale Pages: 2 (494 words) Published: October 14, 2012
English 12 Summer Reading

Helen Dunning, Jim Burwell

Here is the summer reading list for English 12—A Thematic Study of World-wide Literature. This is required summer reading. Reading these books will expand your vocabulary, build your personal library, start preparing you for university study, and guide the discussions for much of the first semester.

1. Order the TWO books and order them early.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, by Thomas C. Foster (336 pages) USD 14.00 ISBN-10: 006000942X
ISBN-13: 978-0060009427
AND Choose ONE of the following:
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya (208 pages)
ISBN-10: 0451528239
ISBN-13: 978-045152823
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (432 pages)
ISBN-10: 159448385X
ISBN-13: 978-1594483851
A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (311 pages)
ISBN-10: 038549081X
ISBN-13: 978-0385490818
2. Read How to Read Literature Like a Professor. You may have already read parts of this, but reread them, and read the chapters you missed last year.
3. For ten of the chapters, write 1-2 questions that require someone to consider the topic of the chapter and apply it to any literature text.
• The questions cannot be questions that merely ask for something to be identified or defined.
• The questions should require you to evaluate or interpret characters, settings, plot, language or details (quests, food, vampires, etc) and their implied, connotative, symbolic (or otherwise) meaning in a literature text. Consider questions that would lead you to conclusions similar to those Foster discusses in the examples in his book. • eg. If it’s not just rain, what is it? What is the purpose of the rain in the literature text? This references chapter 10, and in order to be answered it needs to be applied to a literature text as the answer could be different depending on how you read the text and which text you...
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