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|English Department, Rye City School District|
Welcome to the English Department webpage. On this page, you will find links to assignments and resources. If you have any questions regarding the English curriculum or instruction, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dear Rye High School Students, Parents, and Guardians,
Summer vacation is a perfect time to read wonderful books. The English Department has compiled a list of summer reading books to represent a variety of genres and interests; please review the list below. All high school students must select and read one book from the school-wide summer reading list. Our goal is to encourage students to become lifelong readers—we anticipate lively literary discussions in the fall. In September, students will evaluate their summer reading books and participate in discussions within their classrooms about the various books.
Students electing AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, and Honors English classes must read and complete assignments for their respective classes in addition to reading a book from the school-wide list. The additional books for advanced English students are listed below as well; links to assignments for advanced English students are also included below.
We hope all students and families enjoy their summer reading books!
The Rye High School English Department
Students enrolled in Honors or AP courses:
In addition to one book from the school-wide reading list above, read the assigned book(s) for your specific class as noted below. Also complete the assignments for your class posted on the Rye High School Guidance page.
Books are a uniquely portable magic. — Stephen King
Please access the following link to the Rye High School Guidance Department to locate the Rye High School Summer Reading Assignments for AP Lit, AP Lang, 9 Honors, 10 Honors, 11 Honors:
The 9th Grade Honors Summer Reading Assignment is also posted below:
Assignment for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
Read pages 3 to 204. Select one passage from this page range to annotate.
Read pages 205 to 324. Select a second passage from this page range to annotate.
Read pages 325 to 451. Select a third passage taken from this page range to annotate.
You are responsible for turning in three annotated passages on the day of your in-class assessment.
How to complete an annotation:
Choose a passage from the book that you find meaningful. This passage should be at least one paragraph, but no more than one page. Type or photocopy the passage. Make sure to include the page number on which the passage can be found.
Each passage that you choose to annotate should focus on one particular main character: Liesel, Rudy, Hans, or Rosa. Stay with the same character for each of your three annotations so that you develop a deep understanding of this character.
When you complete an annotation, you are essentially writing down the insights, ideas, and questions that you have about the passage as you read it. You begin by underlining interesting words, phrases, and lines, but then you must include your ideas about these underlined sections. These ideas, insights, and questions are written in the margins around the text to show what you are thinking and understanding about the character and text as you are reading.
Annotations taken from outside the designated page range for the particular assignment will not be accepted.
Here are some questions to answer as you annotate your passage: