Traditions in World Literature
Honors English II – Summer Reading Assignments
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Class Number: 6462840
Due Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013; 11:59 pm
Over the summer, you will be required to read the following books:
• A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini
• First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung
While reading these novels, you will complete a series of assignments. The assignments will
consist of the following:
1. Your assignment for A Thousand Splendid Suns will be completed through the
Turnitin.com website by posting four times on your assigned discussion board
(Under the DISCUSSION tab for the class on turnitin.com). The grade you receive
on this assignment will be based both on the quality of your ideas and the quality of
your writing. Take your time on each post and be sure to use proper grammar and
spelling. DO NOT USE INTERNET SOURCES, CLIFF’S NOTES, OR ANY
OTHER OUTSIDE SOURCES WHILE READING THE BOOK OR WHILE
WORKING ON THIS ASSIGNMENT. Any student who is found to use outside
sources will be given a zero.
POSTING GUIDELINES: Your posts can be observations or text analysis and
should include at least one QUESTION and one DIRECT QUOTATION (TLQP –
transition, lead-in, quotation, page number - format). Your questions should be
directed at your classmates and teachers who may choose to respond. Questions
should not be written in “second person,” so do not use the word “you.” Your posts
must be thoughtful, coherent, and insightful. All paragraphs must be a minimum of
300 words. Your posts must have an original title, proper grammar, punctuation,
spelling, and should demonstrate your vast vocabulary knowledge. For this particular
assignment only, it is acceptable to use first person (“I”) on all posts. For post #4 it is
acceptable to use second person (“you”) in your response to a classmate’s post.
NOTE: These prompts are just to get you thinking. You DO NOT need to answer
EVERY question in each prompt, but you do need to respond with an insightful and
coherent paragraph for each post.
Post #1: AFTER READING PART ONE:
Now that you are done with part one and know the characters, the plot, and the
conflicts, what are your impressions? Were you surprised by any of the characters?
Have you noticed any symbols? (It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what the
symbols mean, but at least try to give an explanation). Is there something you don’t
understand? How do you feel as you read? Does anything make you
angry/sad/happy/confused/fascinated? From this point, how do you think the conflict
will resolve? Will it be resolved?
Post #2: AFTER READING PART TWO:
Continuing with the ideas from the first post: after reading part two, what are your
reactions? Any surprises in characters and/or plot? Do you have any new insights on
symbols? Is there something you don’t understand? How do you feel as you read?
Does anything make you angry/sad/happy/confused/fascinated? From this point, how
do you think the conflict will resolve? Will it be resolved?
Post #3: AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK:
What are your reactions to the end of the book? Is the conflict resolved? Is it
resolved for EVERY character? Are you happy with the ending? What about the title?
Do you think it is appropriate? Does the book remind you of any other book you’ve
read or movies you’ve seen? Would you tell a friend this book was worth reading?
What did you like or dislike specifically? Do you think you’ll read another book by
this author? Why or why not?
Post #4: CLASSMATE RESPONSE:
As mentioned previously, each of your posts should include a question you have
about the reading (about a character, the plot, etc). Choose one post from a classmate
and respond to it. While you may not be able to answer her question completely, offer
some ideas of your own to help answer her question. This does not (and really
SHOULD NOT) be your final post, but can be done at any point where you see a
question from a classmate you would like to respond to. Please use
CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Also, please be sure to include a direct quotation in
2. Your first assignment for First They Killed My Father will be completed through the
Turnitin.com website by posting four times on your assigned discussion board.
Refer to the posting guidelines and notes above; all requirements will apply to this
assignment as well.
Post #1: NARRATIVE VOICE
What impact did the narrator's child's voice have on your experience as a reader?
How would you characterize the transformation that takes place in her narrative voice
throughout the story?
Post #2: LOUNG’S FEMINISM:
Would you describe Loung as a feminist? How did the experiences of the Ung family
differ during the war because of gender?
Post #3: LOUNG’S STRENGTH:
Loung saw herself as a "strong" person, as did many other people in the book, and
was eventually drafted into a soldier training camp as a result. What are the qualities
of a survivor? What qualities enabled her gentle sister Chou to survive as well?
Post #4: OVERALL RESPONSE:
Many parts of Loung's story are graphic and emotional. Which parts, if any, were the
most difficult for you to read due to their graphic and emotional nature? Would you
recommend this book to a friend?
3. Your second assignment for First They Killed My Father will be completed through
the Turnitin.com website by posting a three-to-five page interview as an attachment
on turnitin.com. Refer to the posting guidelines and notes above; all requirements
will apply to this assignment as well.
INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT: Write a three-to-five page typed interview with a
character from the book (Under the ASSIGNMENT tab for the class on turnitin.com).
Use standard interview format; the format used in magazines when a reporter
conducts and interview. Ask questions and write answers that reveal information
about the character or person that you gathered from your reading of the book, but do
not merely recopy sections of the text as an interview. Be sure that the responses you
write for your character are accurate and can be supported by the text. Use proper
grammar for all interview questions and responses.