English 11


Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 978-1101883082

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana (with Abigail Pesta)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 978-0062470157

Both works are challenging reads due to mature content as well as unspeakable acts and crimes committed by people against people.  These events and issues will be addressed in class, but should you have any questions or concerns while reading, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Eddy or Mrs. Hutton.  Additionally, we encourage you to talk about both works with your family.

Reading Tasks:

  1. Please read and annotate the books assigned for summer reading before school starts. To annotate a text, write meaningful questions, comments, and observations within the text of the book. These annotations will be checked for a grade. This assignment will be due the first day our English class meets. Please note that post-it notes may be used if you prefer not to write in your book.

“Just as rigor does not reside in the barbell but in the act of lifting it, rigor in reading is not an attribute of a text but rather a reader’s behavior – engaged, observant, responsive, questioning, analytical. These close reading strategies are a means by which you engage with text and they offer you a chance to hone your critical reading habits.” -Kylene Beers, Notice and Note

  1. As you read your texts, please consider all of the ways that you can connect with what you are reading. We invite you to use a variety of approaches to record your reactions to your book. Here are some suggestions that may help you with your annotations:  

  • Offer an analysis or interpretation of what is happening in the text.  
  • Point out and discuss literary techniques the author is using.  
  • Explain the effects of syntax, tone, diction, point of view, figurative language and other techniques.  
  • Ask specific questions about what you don’t understand.  
  • Make connections to other parts of the book.  
  • Make connections to other texts you have read or to things you have seen, including movies, comic books/graphic novels, news events, other books, stories, plays, songs, or poems.
  • Paraphrase or summarize a particularly difficult or meaningful passage or moment from the text.  
  • Make connections to your own life experiences.  
  • Describe a new perspective you may have now.  
  • Explain the historical context or traditions/social customs that are used in the passage.
  1. Vocabulary: Please be sure to identify new vocabulary words and define them in the text. Be sure the definition you are using makes sense contextually.  Please record all words in your vocabulary notebook.

Grammar Tasks: As you read,

  1. Please identify stylistic choices such as: parallel structure, phrases and clauses used to add variety and/or interest.  Please consider the significance of these stylistic choices in the work.

  2. Please identify punctuation used to clarify and enhance the writing: commas, parentheses, dashes, hyphens, semicolon.  Again, please consider the significance of the use of each.

Please refer to the resources below for review:

Links- Purdue OWL and UNC Chapel Hill

General- https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/index.html

General- https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/

Semi-colons- https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/semi-colons-colons-and-dashes/

Commas- https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/commas/

Style- https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/style/


Evidence of Learning Tasks:

  1. During the first few weeks of school, we will be working on two writing exercises based on your summer reading novels.

  • One will be in the spirit of a personal response/ personal narrative.
  • Another will be a textual analysis response based on central ideas and literary techniques in the works.

2. Additionally, during the first few days of school, we will be working on vocabulary from the Summer Reading texts.


What to Bring to Class Day 1:

  1. Your actively read texts, revealing a variety of approaches of your reactions to each book.

  2. Your actively read texts, evidencing vocabulary highlighted and defined, as well as your vocabulary notebook with recorded words.


Where Do I Purchase/Order the Summer Reading Novels?

  1. Talking Leaves Books

  2. Barnes and Noble or other local bookstores

  3. Amazon.com or other sites

  4. Public libraries


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out

to Miss Eddy (eeddy@nardin.org) or Mrs. Hutton (mhutton@nardin.org).