10th grade Summer Reading Assignment- Ariel Marcus, English Teacher
1. Read one of the banned books listed on the last page.
2. Keep a double-entry journal as you read the banned book that you select:
Your journal needs to include at least 15 entries.
Select a quote for each entry and respond
These entries may include the following:
connections from personal experience or other materials you have read, movies you have watched, images you have seen, etc.
You will turn in your double-entry journal during the first week of school
Your journal should look like the example below (use page numbers instead of chapter titles):
SAMPLE Double-Entry Journal for Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"To be awake is to be alive." (from "Where I Lived and What I Lived For"
I think that you can go though your whole life asleep if you don't stop and think about what you're doing. It's important to make conscious choices, especially when you're my age.
"I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this by the narrowness of my experience." (from "Economy")
I disagree with what Thoreau says here. I think that you can know another person as well as you know yourself. I know my best friend as well as I know myself. Sometimes, I don't think I know myself well at all.
Most Commonly Banned Books in the United States
For your summer reading assignment, you will select one of the following books. You may choose to keep your double-entry journal for either this book or Fahrenheit 451.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
1984 by George Orwell
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
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