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Benjamin Banneker Academic High SchoolEnglish Department Summer Assignments 2020Dear students,We hope you have a fantastic summer. Please see below and on the next pages for information about what to read and write over the summer so that you can start strong at the beginning of next school year. If you need assistance, you can reach out to any department member via email. Additionally, please purchase a folder, writing utensils, loose-leaf paper, annotation tabs or sticky notes, high-lighters, and a notebook or binder for your English class.Sincerely,Dr. Arndt sara.arndt@k12.Ms. Berke clare.berke@k12.Ms. Gilliam sawsan.gilliam@k12.Mr. McFadden james.mcfadden@k12.Ms. Morris marcia.morris@k12.Ms. Warren whitney.warren@k12.CourseTexts AssignmentsPre-AP English I / Rising 9th GradePre-AP English II / Rising 10th GradeHonors English III and AP English Lang & Comp / AP Track Rising 11th GradeHonors English IV and AP English Lit & Comp / AP Track Rising 12th GradeClassic Works of Literature & Short Stories (available for free online) **See links and list on next page!Read and annotate one classic work of literature or three short stories. Complete a Major Works Data Sheet (attached) for each text.Write one college application essay in response to a Common App prompt.IB English I /IB Cohort Rising 11th GradeThe Things They Carried by Tim O’BrienHow to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. FosterRead and complete a Major Works Data Sheet (attached) for both texts. *Purchase through Amazon or check out from the library!Write one college application essay in response to a Common App prompt.IB English II /IB Cohort Rising 12th Grade1984 by George OrwellThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldRead and complete a Major Works Data Sheet (attached) for both texts. *Purchase through Amazon or check out from the library!Write one college application essay in response to a Common App prompt.Classic Works of Literature (available for free online!) Stories (available for free online!) RecommendedPride & PrejudiceThe Count of Monte CristoDraculaTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the SeaUlyssesShort Stories by Edgar Allan PoeAlready part of the Banneker curriculumNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (11th)The Awakening (11th)Frankenstein (12th)Additional Recommended Books & Stories to Check-Out from the LibraryInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri*Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel*Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*For rising seniors in English IV, these texts are ineligible for the senior mon Application Essay Prompts *Essays should be 250 - 650 words*Tips & Guidance: . Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.Name: ________________________________________ Grade Level (circle one): Rising … 9th 10th 11th 12thMajor Works Data SheetBenjamin Banneker AHS English DepartmentSummer Assignment 2020**Complete one Major Work Data Sheet for each classic work of literature or short story that you read this summer.Title: An Obliging RobberyAuthor:Mia CoutoDate of Publication:July 7, 2020Genre:HumorCharacteristics of GenreRelatable, ironic, comedy, silly, and nonsensicalBiographical Information about the AuthorAuthor and environmental biologist from Mozambique. Historical Information about the Period of PublicationA virus called Corona was happening during the period of publicationPlot Summary A guy who lives alone has a welcome surprised from... a robber at gun point. The suspected the robber to be a fake so he went along with his act and let him in his house. The robber then said he was really a health care worker and the “gun” he was holding was to check the man temperature. The man still didn't believe the robber though. While they talk them seem to be getting close till the robber had to leavePage 1 MWDSDescribe the author’s style:Narrative satire Writing Provide an example of the author’s style:The main character tells the health care worker no one visit him when he sick and other people he knows.Four Memorable Quotes:Analysis/Discussion of the Significance of Each Quote to the Plot/a Character/a Theme“He looks around, and as he can’t find anything to steal, he eventually explains himself. He says he’s from the health services.”The man assume the “robber” would steal when he isn’t a robber at all.“He’s a young robber, he doesn’t know how to lie.”The robber can't even tell a simple a lie which most robbers can do.“I almost died of smallpox. Did anyone visit me? My wife died of tuberculosis, did anyone come and see us? Malaria took my only son, and I was the one who buried him. My neighbors died of AIDS,”The man was surrounded by multiple people and he was sick himself. He mentions how no one saw the people he know or himself. It's ironic because the robber the health care worker is seeing him right now.“When he comes back next week, I’ll let him steal that old television I’ve got in my bedroom.”The lonely man grew a liking to the “robber” so much he was willing to let him steal something from him.Page 2 MWDSCharacter’s Name & Significant Relationships to other Character(s)Physical DescriptionsInternal Motivations / Beliefs / Desires/ DreamsRole in the Story (villain / hero / innocent/ fool/ rebel/caregiver/etc)The robberWear plastic bag as shoes, and has a maskHonest, good manCaregiver, innocentMain characterOld, lazy, indifferent, tiredInnocent, main characterPage 3 MWDSSetting (time / place / weather / societal expectations)Time: Unknown (maybe day time)Place: A house far awayWeather: Unknown (maybe warm since visitors visit on nice days)Societal expectations: There's a lot of thugs and sick peopleOpening Scene & Its Significance to the StoryThe opening scene shows that the main character is old, tired, and lazy and likes to assume a lot of things and go with the flow.Symbols & Your InterpretationThe main character house represents the main character isolationThe robber represents taking the loneliness from the main character since he's a “robber” and the character is lonely. But he’s really a health care worker trying to fix as the book quoted his “indifference”Closing Scene & Its Significance to the Storyshows how the main character grew a liking to the robber and how they form a relationship. It also shows they will be visiting each other again soonThree Themes/Big Ideas (no cliches!) and Brief Defense of Your InterpretationDon’t judge a book by its coverVisit people, it may make their day.3. Take care of others because you never know whey they are needPage 4 MWDS ................
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