Honors English 10

Purpose: The purpose of summer reading is to create common ground for discussion and to get to know each other for the first week or two of school. We hold to the fact that failure to do the summer reading will not automatically mean that you should not be in Honors English 10; you will stay in Honors English 10 regardless of your completion of summer reading. The effect, though, will be that you feel left out of really great discussions and thoughts shared among classmates and will have to play catch-up, as we write about both books first quarter.

I. Read the following books before the first day of the school year: 

Milford Reads Selection:

Choose one of the following:
            Mark Mathabane's Kaffir Boy
            William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
            Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone
            Uzodinma Iweala's Beasts of No Nation
            NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names      
            Pede Hollist's So the Path Does Not Die

*See Mrs. Vore in B10 before school ends for a school copy of A Long Way Gone or Kaffir Boy; you will need to purchase or acquire the others on your own. 

You may want to purchase the novels if you prefer to write in the margins; this is NOT an option with books that we loan. They must be returned when school starts.

II. As you read, the following should take place: 

A. Type notes/annotations on the choice text since the novels will be used extensively during the first quarter. 

  • Notes include significant characters, foils, relationships, conflicts, imagery, symbols, plot elements, etc. 
  • The purpose is so that you have something to refer back to when you use the books for assignments 1st quarter and throughout the year. 
  • There is not necessarily a length limit, as they are for your own use. Please type them for submission.
  • While we would encourage you to write in the book, we would like to see supplementary notes outside of your book as well. 
  • Select quotes that are significant to a scene, theme, or character. 
B. Type/identify between six and ten quotes
  • Record between six and ten quotes from the choice text. 
  • Remember to complete an MLA citation to identify the page number of each quotation. Example: (Beah 6). 
  • State in one sentence the meaning of each quote, and use only one sentence to show how the quote relates to the overall meaning of the book. 
  • Do NOT state, “This quote means” to explain the meaning. State clearly the significance of the quote. 
  • The quotations should be typed and will be collected. 
  • The purpose of recording quotes is to collect primary evidence for writing, particularly first quarter.

  • Be prepared to lead a discussion about these books and take a quiz during the first week of school, either alone or in a group.
  • Be prepared to compare and contrast these books with other literature throughout the school year.

If you have questions about these directions, see one of us before school ends: 

  • Mrs. Williams, A19, williams_p@milfordschools.org
  • Mrs. Vore, B10, vore_e@milfordschools.org
  • Mrs. English, B32, english_j@milfordschools.org

You may email one of us during the summer, but remember that we do not check school email daily.We will make every effort to answer your questions in a timely manner.