10th Grade (General & Honors)[Look further down for Gifted list and assignments.]

English II HONORS and English II GENERAL:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Heartmender by Andy Andrews


  • Both levels will read both books.
  • ​Upon returning to school, both levels should be prepared to take a test on To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Upon returning to school, ​both levels should be prepared to complete nonfiction activities related to The Heartmender.
  • HONORS ONLY - will complete the attached instructions for a journal to be turned in the first week of school. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH 333 POINTS!
Click here for HONORS Journal Assignment!

10th Grade GT World Literature

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is downloadable for free since it is now in the public domain.)

Cry the Beloved Country, Alan Paton


And, Choose one of these:

The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood

or Left to Tell, Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin

(Amazon.com has these in paperback. Prices vary from $4 to $11.)

Due Monday, 8/13 – Do the assignment listed for the book you chose: Left to Tell or The Survivors Club. Turn in a hard copy to me AND upload to turnitin.com – Class ID #: 17175230 Enrollment Key: 2018

Due Friday, 8/17 – Take Frankenstein test. Also, be prepared to discuss it for a grade.

Due Tuesday, 8/21 – Take a short test on Cry the Beloved Country and write an essay.
___

Background and Assignment for Frankenstein. Who can write the best ghost story? In 1816, this was the question that challenged a group of writers, including Mary Shelley. She won!
PLOT: While Victor Frankenstein is dying, he shares a tale of gruesome terror with a sea captain and this captain writes letters to his sister about what he was told. You pretty much know the outline: Victor creates monster, Victor abandons monster, monster retaliates, and monster demands a bride or continued revenge. You will take a test and participate in a class discussion.

Background and Assignment for Cry, The Beloved Country
Cry, The Beloved Country is set in pre-apartheid South Africa (apartheid was the legal segregation of blacks and whites in South Africa that existed from 1948-1994). The novel recounts the story of Stephen Kumalo, a poor Zulu pastor, and his son Absalom. Kumalo’s journey takes him from his simple village home in Natal to Johannesburg, South Africa, a sprawling city rife with racial injustice. There, as he searches for the truth about his son, Kumalo develops the capacity for hope. Cry, The Beloved Country is also a great story, but you might find it a bit challenging to read. The style of the novel is different from what you’re used to – it’s poetic at times, using minimal punctuation and no dialogue indications. Give it a chance; the novel is beautifully written and not to be rushed through. Pay close attention to the language of the novel, how it’s written, and consider the following: • How does the use of figurative language and the style of the novel help us to understand the separate realms of the blacks and whites in South Africa and the racial injustice that permeates the country? • What does Stephen Kumalo’s journey of discovery, both physical and spiritual, tell us about dignity and the human spirit? (www.123helpme.com/cry-the-beloved-country-by-alan-paton-preview.asp?id=241189)

On Tuesday, August 21, you will take a short test that includes an essay. The following sentence will be the thesis statement that you will place as the last sentence of the first paragraph:
In Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton uses Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis as examples of humanity’s tendency to be complacent about critical issues until an event occurs which forces them to confront the issues.
ASSIGNMENTS for Left to Tell and The Survivor’s Club--
Click here--

Rubrics for writing assignments --