Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Vintage, 2006
Autumn by Ali Smith
Publisher: Anchor, 2017
Read each novel actively. Please use the link below to learn about active reading.
- Please access the link above to learn about characterization.
- Highlight and annotate character names and evidence of primary characters’ traits in each novel. You may want to use a specific color for characterization.
- Please use the link above in shaping your Central Ideas.
Highlight and annotate evidence of one central idea per book. Record the CI next to the evidence in each book. You may want to use a second color for CIs and associated evidence.
Highlight and annotate evidence of one central idea shared between the two books. Record the CI next to the evidence in each book. You may want to use a third color for the shared CI and associated evidence.
3. Vocabulary: Be sure to identify new vocabulary words and define them in the text. Make sure the definition you are using makes sense contextually. You may want to use a fourth color for vocabulary.
1. As you read, pull from both novels a variety of sentences. Highlight the sentences in the text, record them, and cite them using MLA form. We’ll discuss them and how you may incorporate a greater variety of sentence structures in your writing. Please choose sentences that:
- Are of long, short, and medium length
- Contain a comma(s), colon, semicolon, dash, parentheses, ellipsis, question mark, exclamation mark
- Contain other interesting punctuation and/or structure.
Evidence of Learning Tasks:
During the first few weeks of school, we’ll be working on two writing exercises based on your summer reading novels:
- A part to whole essay based on central ideas and character traits.
- A textual analysis response based on central ideas and literary techniques.
2. Additionally, during the first few days of school, we’ll be working on sentence structures and vocabulary from the summer reading texts.
What to Bring to Class Day 1:
Your actively read texts, evidencing characters, traits, central ideas, and evidence of central ideas.
Your actively read texts, evidencing vocabulary highlighted and defined.
Your actively read texts, evidencing a variety of sentences highlighted and your sentence list.
Where Do I Purchase/Order the Summer Reading Novels?
Barnes and Noble or other local bookstores
Amazon.com or other sites
What is active reading? See: https://mcgraw.princeton.edu/active-reading-strategies
What is characterization? See: https://literaryterms.net/characterization/
What is a central idea, and how do I write one? See: http://www.austincc.edu/bvillarr/theme.htm