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English Honors Summer Reading

East Davidson High School

2024 - 2025 Summer Enrichment Reading (SER)

Student Instructional Guidelines 


Student Instructions:

Please read and follow the instructions below for students entering Honors English.  It is important to complete this assignment thoroughly in order to be prepared for class activities and ensure a successful start to Honors English.  


*Students should read the text for the corresponding English course they will be enrolled in for the 2023-2024 school year.*


  • Read over the instructional guidelines and assignment to ensure you are aware of the requirements pertaining to the SER Assignment.
  • Obtain (on your own) and read the literary work for your upcoming course:

Course

Teacher to Contact

Text/Author

 

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER WITH QUESTIONS

Please review both texts before you make your choice. Some have more mature themes and content than others.

English I Honors

Mrs. North

[email protected]

Choose one title from the following list:

~ Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

~ My America by Kim Johnson

English II Honors

Mrs. Campbell 

[email protected]

Choose one title from the following list:

~ Refugee by Alan Gratz

~ Girl in Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

English III Honors

Mrs. Campbell

[email protected]

Choose one title from the following list:

~ The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

~ Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

English IV Honors

Mrs. North

[email protected]

Choose one title from the following list:

~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

~ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


  • Complete the reflective journal. This will count as 50% of the SER Summative Assessment and will be turned in on the first day students have English. Journals must be HANDWRITTEN. Do NOT consult outside sources when completing this chart. We want your thoughts, not Shmoop’s. Charts with plagiarized material will receive zeroes. 

  • Complete the second portion of the SER Summative Assessment at the conclusion of the teacher guided instructional unit.  The second portion will also count as 50% of the SER Summative Assessment. The final combined score will count as a MAJOR grade within the first quarter of the enrolled semester.

 

 

2024 - 2025 Summer Reading Enrichment (SER)

Motifs/Concepts & Literary Devices for Reflective Journal


It is suggested that as you read and reflect on the novel, you take into consideration the motifs/concepts and literary devices listed below. Students should analyze each element’s impact on the novel and thus synthesize how each element closely relates to a listed motif/concept or literary device. 


English I Honors  


Motifs/Concepts: 

Literary Devices:

  • Coming of Age
  • Perspective
  • Community/Family 
  • Justice
  • Prejudice
  • Conflict
  • Theme
  • Characterization
  • Mood
  • Symbolism

English II Honors: 


Motifs/Concepts: 

Literary Devices:

  • Power of Love
  • Courage and Perseverance
  • Religious Diversity
  • Fear and Regret
  • Racism and Prejudice
  • Struggle for Sufficiency (Resources) and Survival
  • Importance of Education
  • Symbolism
  • Tone
  • Irony
  • Imagery
  • Juxtaposing Flashbacks
  • Anecdote
  • Characterization

English III Honors:


Motifs/Concepts: 

Literary Devices:

  • Motifs:
  • Life
  • Death
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Relationships

 

  • Allegory
  • Symbolism
  • Irony
  • Anecdote
  • Flashback
  • Figurative Language
  • Imagery
  • Characterization
  • Tone
  • Point of View

English IV Honors:


Motifs/Concepts: 

Literary Devices:

  • Relationships
  • Safety & security
  • Leadership
  • Fear (rational & irrational)
  • Growing up 
  • Logic vs. emotion
  • Social rules / social disorder
  • Symbolism
  • Conflict
  • Characterization
  • Setting
  • Point of view
  • Irony
  • Repetition or parallelism