Northwest High School
2014 Incoming 12th Grade Students
Summer Reading Assignment
(Instructions & Reading Response Chart are posted on the NWHS website for downloading)
Instructions for 12 On-Level and 12 Honors: Choose 2 current event articles, one on careers and one on post-secondary training (college, military, trade school). These could be from the newspaper or on-line. Each article must be at least 600 words. For each article, complete an Interrogating an Article capture sheet. Additionally, you need to research a potential college of interest and complete the college profile. The entire summer reading assignment is due by the second day of school (Tuesday, August 26, 2014) and will be submitted to your English teacher. The summer reading assignment will not be accepted after the 2nd day of class.
Included is also a list of suggested reading that is entirely optional.
Suggested Reading List for Incoming 12th Grade Students / Optional
Games at Twilight Anita Desai
Heart of Darkness/The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
The Joys of Motherhood Buchi Emecheta
King Lear William Shakespeare
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
Native Speaker Chang Rae Lee
Nectar in a Sieve Kamala Markandaya
Obasan Joy Kagawa
The Plague Albert Camus
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
So Long a Letter Mariama Ba
The Stranger Albert Camus
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
Woman in the Dunes Kobo Abe
Angelas Ashes Frank McCourt
Bread Givers Anya Yezierska
Cats Eye Margaret Atwood
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Dubliners James Joyce
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Beowulf Tr. Seamus Heaney
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer
The Farming of Bones Edwidge Danticat
God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
Grendel John Gardner
Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift
The Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood
In the Time of the Butterflies Julia Alvarez
Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane
Master Harold and the boys Athol Fugard
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
Typical American Gish Jen
What Is the What Dave Eggers
Monkey Bridge Lan Cao
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
English 12 Name__________________________ Per____ Date________
Interrogating an Article: Complete 2 charts, one for each article.
What is the subject?
What is the authors claim about the subject?
Who is the intended audience?
Why is the author making this claim?
What is your opinion on the authors stance (position) on this issue? (Do you agree or disagree & why?)
What is your philosophy on this issue?
What are three pieces of evidence that support this claim?
Make sure that you show the PARENTHETICAL CITATION after each quote!!
Quote Analysis (Explain this quote in relationship to the claim being made? DO NOT PARAPHRASE IT! )
Lead into an above quote using a signal phrase (Smith said, )
AND create a sentence that Integrates the quote. The results show that .)
Signal PhraseExample: Smith said, (Smith).
Your Sentence & Quote Integration
Example: The results show that . (Targeting).
Source Information for Evidence Capture Sheet
Gather necessary information for Bibliographical fields you would find when using Noodle tools:
Author: Last name: _________________________________First Name: _____________________________
Title of Publication (magazine, newspaper, journal, etc): _______________________________________________
Article title: _______________________________________________________________
Title of Database/Website: ___________________________________________________
Date Published (MUST USE THIS FORMAT FOR DATE = 20 May 2011): ________________ page #: _____________ issue or section: _____________
Most recent date of access: ______________________ Website address: ________________________________________________
Now, put that information into MLA format -
Authors Last name, First. Title of article. Title of Newspaper or Website or Journal (original source). Original date published: section or issue. Page number. Title of Database. Web or Print. Date of access. (MUST USE THIS FORMAT FOR DATE = 20 May 2011).
Example: Smith, John. The Love of Money. Washington Post. 14 Dec 2011. Section B2. Online Newspapers United. Web. 12 Nov 2013.
Parenthetical Citation (Authors last name) or if no author (first word of the article title): ______________________________________________
Adapted by Catherine Elliott, Instructional Technology Specialist, OCTO, MCPS
Adapted from Brazilian Rain Forest. Permission granted from The Critical Thinking Consortium for use by Alberta teachers.
College Profile / Incoming 12th Grade Students
Directions: Choose any college in which you might be interested and complete the following activities. Remember, Family Connections and the colleges website are great sources of information.
a. Your Name c. Possible Major
b. Name of College/University d. Location of College -
2. Other Majors List 5 other majors you can study at this college
3. List 8-10 courses you need to take to complete the major you chose
4. List at least 4 electives you would like to take by course name (electives are courses that interest you that are not courses you would take for your major) and the reason that you chose those electives.
5. Extracurricular Activities Make a list of at least 5 extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports that you can do in your spare time at the college
6. Dorms (choose one dorm in which freshman can live)
a. Name of dorm -
b. How many students are in each dorm room or suite?
c. Are the dorms co-ed or single sex?
7. Costs - Get the cost of a full-time, on-campus student for one year and provide the information in the table below.
Room (dorm) and Board (food)
Student Fees (if any)
Other Fees (if any)
8. Financial Aid
a. What is the average amount of financial aid that a student receives at your college?
b. What percent of all of the students receive at least some financial aid?