English IV Honors Summer Reading Assignment
Note: This project is due on the second day of class. Late projects will receive a twenty point deduction.
Choose one of the novels listed below.
A Town Like Alice by Nevill Shute
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Blindness by Henry Green
The Heart of the Matter. Graham Greene
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolfe
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Journal: In a spiral bound notebook (or similar composition book), keep a double entry journal on each chapter, completing each entry as you read. The top half of the page should reflect facts about the chapter, including notes on plot, setting, and characters. The bottom of the page should reflect your questions and observations about the plot, setting, and characters you have written about at the top. IMPORTANT: Typed entries WILL NOT be accepted.
Note: The four essays below should be typed according to MLA style, and each must contain at least 500 words. (Google OWL Purdue MLA for help.) Please use textual evidence to support your writing. Use 12pt, Times New Roman, 1” margins, proper citations, etc. Wikipedia and Spark Notes are not allowed as sources.
- Author: Research the author. Write a five paragraph report on the author’s background, works, and education. This paper should be in MLA format. (Google OWL Purdue MLA for help.). Use 12pt, Times New Roman, 1” margins, proper citations, etc. Wikipedia and SparkNotes are not allowed as sources. (at least 500 words)
- Character: In a five paragraph essay, write an analysis of the main character, focusing on the character’s personality, inner feelings, and motivations. (at least 500 words)
- Theme: In a five paragraph essay, analyze the theme of the novel, explaining what observations from life the novel focuses on and what the writer attempts to convey about life through his or her plot. (at least 500 words)
- Setting: In a five paragraph essay, explain how the setting is significant to the novel. What is the author able to communicate through the use of this particular place and time? (at least 500 words)