Sophomore Summer Required Reading Annotations of the novel will be required. Students will need to annotate plot points, instances of characterization, thematic qualities, and any questions they may have throughout the text. These annotations will be checked in the first week of school.
Junior Honors Summer Required Reading Book annotations are highly encouraged.
Students should be ready to write an essay on 'A Farewell to Arms' within the first week of school.
Senior Summer Required Reading (both AP and non-AP course)
1. Complete assigned reading.
2. Book annotations recommended.
3. Come to class with any questions and be prepared to discuss the books.
The English Department offers two levels of English: standard college preparatory English and honors English. Emphasizing book reading and expository writing, teachers at both levels prepare students to succeed in any college course requiring interpretive and composition skills. Honors English, a four-year sequence, also prepares students to write the College Board’s Advanced Placement examination in literature and composition. In honors English, students read more books, more difficult books, and write essays that demand the part-whole analysis typically required on Advanced Placement essay questions. Graduation requirement: 4 credits, must include English I, II, III, IV.
The Honors English Program: This four-year program provides a challenge for students who wish to advance their English skills at a more accelerated rate than that offered by the standard college preparatory program. Students should have an avid interest in literature, a sound grasp of the fundamentals of formal grammar, and the ability to write well-organized, clear formal essays. Students read approximately twice as much literature as those in the non-honors program and write more challenging essays. In addition, students prepare for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam. Vocabulary and grammar remain an integral part of the program. Prerequisite: Admission into the Honors Program is considered throughout the academic year. Only those students who have their English teachers’ approval may be added to an honors roster. To qualify for approval, students must, in the opinion of their teachers, have both the work ethic and interpretive skills needed to succeed in Honors English.