• Honors 9th Grade Literature and Composition

    Summer Reading Assignment


    Marsha P. Dryden, M.Ed.




    Welcome to Honors English I, AKA, 9th Grade Literature and Composition! As a student in this course you will engage in careful reading and analysis of a variety of major literary works. If you have Honors 9th Grade English with Ms. Dryden during Fall Semester (1st semester), your reading assignment is due on or before August 28, 2020; if you have Honors 9th Grade English with Ms. Dryden during Spring Semester (2nd semester), you reading assignment is due on or before January 28, 2021.


    Plagiarism: The school’s plagiarism policy will be applied to any plagiarism for the summer assignment. You will not receive credit for plagiarism because you did not do the work. Furthermore, you may not make up the assignment. You may not use SparkNotes, MonkeyNotes, or any other materials to replace reading the actual book. This also means you may not use information from these websites for your paper (i.e. direct quotes or paraphrasing). You may not use materials from another student. Do not work collaboratively on this assignment (Collaboration has its place. However, we are working to prepare you for the AP Exam where no collaboration is allowed). If you are having difficulty comprehending the readings, writing the assignments, or completing the assignments, please contact Ms. Marsha Dryden at marsha.dryden@henry.k12.ga.us. This is the best way to avoid panicking and resorting to cheating.




    Directions: Once you have selected a book, you must choose three assignments from the grid found on the tic-tac-toe board.  All three assignments are due on or before August 20, 2020, for first-semester students and on or before January 28, 2021, for second-semester students.  The choices must form a line (horizontally, vertically or diagonally).  At the top of your project, you need to designate which activity the project matches; the title, author, and Lexile level of your chosen book.  This project must be done individually. For written assignments, these must be completed in a Google Document and shared with me through Google Classroom; print out and submit a hardcopy.   


    Begin your assignment by selecting a book of your choice; your book must have a Lexile Level of 1100 or higher.  To determine the Lexile level of a book, you can use the search function on Lexile.com. Simply: Visit https://www.lexile.com/ Enter the title, author, or ISBN of a book in the “Quick Book Search” box in the upper right of the website. There is a list of potential books at the end of this document.


    Next, read your selected text and take notes (make sure you have what you need to properly cite where you get your material/information from). 

    Don’t just rely on the tic-tac-toe board for guidance on your project; each project has a rubric by which the project will be graded; see Ms. Dryden for the rubric relating to your activity choices.





    Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Board (visit my web page for rubrics)


    Create a travel brochure for the setting of the story and pages highlighting each of the key characters.


    DOK Level: 3 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI3

    Create a Mind Map of the story; in addition to listing and describing the key characters, you must include a minimum of 20 details about the story.

     DOK Level: 4 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI3

    Write a different ending for the book.


    DOK Level: 3 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI1 / W1

    Write a poem or rap explaining the story.  You must include the characters, theme, and relevant information about the story in your rap or poem.  Video yourself rapping or reading your poem.



     DOK Level: 2 Standard: ELAGSE-10W2

    Create your own book jacket of the story, including illustrations, an enticing synopsis, author bio, and favorable reviews.





    DOK Level: 3 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI1 / W1

    Create trading cards for each of the key characters.  On one side, draw a symbol or picture to represent the individual, and on the other, explain how the character is important to the progression of the story.  You must have a minimum of 6 cards.



     DOK Level: 3 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI2

    Draw a classroom mural depicting a scene from the beginning, the middle, and the end of the book.  Type a summary of what your mural contains, and its importance to the story.



     DOK Level: 4 Standard: ELAGSE9-10W1

    Summarize the book into a comic or graphic novel aimed for younger students





     DOK Level: 4 Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2

    You are a reporter for a major television station; you have been tasked with creating a segment on your book.  Create and submit a segment lasting 3-5 minutes and be prepared to share it with the class.


    DOK Level: 4  Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI2/SL1a

     LIST OF SUGGESTED BOOKS....................





    1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    5. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
    6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    7. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
    8. Monster by Walter Dean Meyers
    9. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
    10. Taking Hold by Franciso Jimenez
    11. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    12. Every Day by David Levithan
    13. Under the Bridge by Michael Harman
    14. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    15. March by John Lewis
    16. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    17. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    18. I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
    19. Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor
    20. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
    21. Haunt Me by Liz Kessler
    22. Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
    23. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
    24. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    25. The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings
    26. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    27. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    28. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    29. The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
    30. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
    31. Keepers of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
    32. The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
    33. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan