Summer Reading

The Dalton Academy

 Summer Reading Assignments 2021-2022

Congratulations! You have chosen to pursue an advanced English course next year and will find the experience rewarding. Working together with your English teacher, you will develop an exceptional level of skills necessary to compete in today’s society as you prepare for college and your post-high school career. Keep in mind that advanced courses can be challenging at times as they are reading and writing intensive; however, your teachers will go to great lengths to maintain a healthy balance of assignments and expectations to give you an exciting and rewarding experience. Please read the information below for the English course you are taking next year: AP Language and Composition or Advanced World Literature. If you have questions over the summer, you may email the teacher for your course and will find their contact information at the end of the instructions below.

We look forward to meeting each of you in the fall! Go Pumas!!

AP Language and Composition

Welcome to AP Language!  AP Language and Composition is actually the combination of two courses. It is both a chronological study of American literature as well as the College Board’s Advanced Placement Language and Composition course.  Because we are incorporating two courses into one, it can be challenging, but you will find it very rewarding as you prepare for college. 

 Over the summer you need to read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.  I encourage you to buy your own copy so that you might highlight and annotate in it; however, I have a limited number of copies available if you need one.  You may purchase a copy at any of the popular bookstores such as The Book Nook, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million.  McKay’s Used Books in Chattanooga is also a good resource.  In addition, you might try to order from Amazon.com, or you may find a gently used copy at one of these two sites:  https://www.thriftbooks.com/ or https://hpb.com/. The cost for a new copy is around $12-$13, and you can find a used copy from $4 and up, depending on the condition of the book.  

A Farewell to Arms is Hemingway’s story which is based heavily on his experiences fighting in WWI. It is a war story, and it is a love story. In this book we are introduced to the “Hemingway Hero.” The Hemingway Hero is a man who faces his personal struggles in silence and is able to maintain his essential manhood despite the reality he confronts. This work of American literature from early in the Twentieth Century is written in a modern direct style. The novel moves from general loss to more specific loss in an effort to help the reader understand WWI which was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”

As you read, please annotate or “sticky note” key passages which you identify as important to the book.  You might choose passages that have special significance to the plot of the book, one that foreshadows later events, one that introduces key characters, one that reveals something about a character, one that describes the setting or the war, one that involves a significant event, one that exemplifies Lt. F. Henry as a Hemingway Hero, etc.  Be sure to clearly mark the passages you have chosen either with sticky notes or through annotation.  We will return to these passages for close analysis when school begins. If you have had little or no experience annotating text, refer to Annotating a Text to help guide you as you read.

There will be a reading quiz over A Farewell to Arms on Friday, August 13th. We will also complete various close-reading activities as we discuss the major concepts of the novel.

If you have time this summer and you have not seen Stand and Deliver (1988 award winning movie starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips), please consider watching it.  If you can’t, that’s okay. It is based on the true story of an AP class.

Your teacher for this course is Cindy Wiggins, EdD. If you have any questions over the summer about the reading assignment, you may reach her at cindy.wiggins@dalton.k12.ga.us.

Advanced World Literature

Welcome to Advanced World Literature, a 10th grade advanced English course! We will study world literature in the forms of nonfiction, short stories, poetry, novels, and drama and develop critical thinking skills as we take a close look at various aspects of literature. This summer you should read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Please note that the first few weeks of this course will be based on your knowledge of this book; therefore, it is important that you read, annotate, and understand the story. 

I encourage you to buy your own copy of The Joy Luck Club so that you might highlight and annotate in it; however, I have a few available if you need to borrow a copy. You may purchase a new paperback copy at any of the popular bookstores such as The Book Nook, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million for around $17.  McKay’s Used Books in Chattanooga is also a good resource.  In addition, you might try to order from Amazon.com, or you may find a gently used copy at one of these two sites:  https://www.thriftbooks.com/ or https://hpb.com/. The cost for a new copy is around $17, and you can find a used copy for $9 and up, depending on the condition of the book.  

The Joy Luck Club is a story set in San Francisco, CA during the 1950s and 1980s with flashbacks to China during the 1920s -1940s. The story portrays the conflicts of four Chinese immigrant women and their four Chinese-American daughters. The book is split into 16 interlocking vignettes, highlighting the struggles of maintaining culture, the hardships of being a female in a patriarchal society, and the disconnected identity of being Chinese or Chinese-American. The novel circles around in hopes that the women can reconcile the oppositions in their lives between past and present, between cultures, and between generations. 

As you read, please annotate and/or “sticky note” key passages which you identify as important to the book.  You might choose passages that have special significance to the plot, foreshadows significant events, develops the characters, develops the setting, etc. Be sure to clearly mark the passages you have chosen either with sticky notes or with your annotations. We will return to these passages for close analysis when school begins. If you have had little or no experience annotating a text, you will find the resource Annotating a Text very helpful while you read. 

There will be a reading quiz on the book on Friday, August13th. We will also complete various close-reading activities as we discuss the major concepts of the novel.

Your teacher for this course is Lynda Hernandez. If you have any questions over the summer about the reading assignment, you may reach her at lynda.hernandez@dalton.k12.ga.us.