Honors English 9

Read the following:
  1. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 
  2. Markus Zusak's The Book Thief 

Accompanying Assignments and Due Dates
Complete a formal essay response to one of the prompts outlined below.

Have an electronic copy of your essay the first day of school.

Honors English 9 Summer Reading Assignment

1. Read the following two books over the summer:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  

2.  After completing the two books, answer one of the following prompts.  Before writing, develop a thesis statement. Then, in your essay, prove that thesis to be true using specific textual evidence to support your thesis.  

--Your response should be double spaced, with 1” margins.  

--It should be organized into paragraphs.

--It should use formal language.

--It should incorporate a few specific, poignant quotations from each text to support the main points. (Avoid quoting more than a sentence for each quotation.) Cite the quotations with the author’s last name and page number in parentheses:  (Bradbury 33).

Prompts  (Choose one):

1.  Compare the role of books in the two novels.

2.  Compare the characters of Faber and Max Vanderburg and the lessons they teach.

3.  Compare the settings of the two books and how each contributes to the conflicts that unfold.

4.  Compare the main characters--Guy Montag and Liesel Meminger--and the changes each goes through over the course of the book.

5.  Compare the endings of the novels.  In what ways are they optimistic or pessimistic or realistic?  How does each contribute to a larger theme in the novel.

How long should the essay be?  Long enough to be insightful, thorough and convincing, but short enough that it’s not repetitive.  Most essays that meet such a requirement end up being about two typed, double-spaced pages.  

Finally...a cautionary note:


While summary resources, such as Sparknotes and Shmoop can sometimes be used to aid in understanding a difficult text, they should never be used in place of reading the actual text. We are interested in YOUR reactions to and analyses of the summer reading.

On the first day of school, you will be submitting your assignment to turnitin.com, a website that checks for plagiarism. Therefore, be sure that you have an electronic copy of your assignment on the first day and that the ideas reflected in your writing are your own. We encourage you to complete the assignment using your school Google account for easiest access at school.  Essays that contain any plagiarized parts will not receive credit.

Brian Paul,
Apr 30, 2014, 6:38 AM