English I (General, Enriched, and Honors)
[Gifted students look below this list]

Animal Farm (George Orwell)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet ​(Jamie Ford)
  • General students will take a comprehension test over both books during the first week of school.
  • Enriched and Honors students should keep a reading journal over both books.
    • ​Journal Guidelines
      • Journals will be worth approximately one test grade.
      • Journals should contain at least one entry per chapter.
      • Journals should be a mixture of the acceptable types listed below:Journals should be typed and double spaced. ​Students should be prepared to turn in a digital copy of their journal (have it on a flash drive, in Dropbox, in Google Drive, etc.) during the first week of school. Students do not need to print their journals.
        • ​​Chapter summary (1/2 page)- What happens in this chapter? (Basic Plot)
        • Personal reflection (1/2 page)- What do you think about what happens in this chapter?
        • Character development (1/2 page)- Write about an important character in this chapter.
        • Significant quotes (at least 2 per chapter)- Include a brief explanation of why the quote is significant to plot, theme, or character development.

      • Journals should be the student's own original work.
        • Sparknotes, Cliff's notes, Shmoop, and other "helpful websites" should not be consulted, as the temptation to copy may be too strong.
        • Students should not work together on this assignment.
        • Journals will be evaluated for signs of plagiarism. Per Magnet's Academic Honesty policy, plagiarized assignments will have to be redone or given a failing grade.

GT English I (Gifted)

Book 1: The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Book 2: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Book 3: Choose a book. It should be a minimum of 150 pages. There is no maximum. It may be
fiction or non-fiction.

  • You do not have to bring these books the first day of school; however, you must have access to them (as hardcovers or e-books) the second week of school.
  • You will be writing on them and you must have the texts to properly complete these writing assignments.