Honors and Advanced Honors English II Summer Reading Assignment 2018
A. Over the summer, every student should read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (any edition is acceptable).
B. In addition, choose one of the following to read:
1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag. At first, Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. However, Montag soon begins to question the value of his profession and, in turn, his life.
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – This novel takes place in a futuristic society in which people are grown as nearly identical embryos in bottles and conditioned to remove strong desires and the need for human relationships.
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell – In this famous satire, some animals are “more equal than others.” This fable about horses Boxer and Clover, the opportunistic pigs Snowball and Napoleon, and a deafening choir of sheep is also about politics, revolution, and power.
You are encouraged to annotate or take notes as you read. You will be asked to apply How to Read Literature like a Professor to your book of choice, so you may want to read How to Read Literature first and annotate with it in mind. These texts should be finished upon return from summer break. These works and the eventual writings that will accompany them will constitute a large portion of our discussion for the first several weeks of class. Remember your work on this assignment is the first impression you will make as a student in this class – “Always Your Best.” You may purchase your own copies of these books or use copies checked out from a library. Central Magnet can purchase books for students to borrow if needed, but please note that notice is needed to allow ample time to fulfill each request.