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ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED FOR ACCELERATED ENGLISH II for the 2017-2018 school year will have summer reading.  You can find this assignment below:

THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE ON AUGUST 3, 2017; Please read the instructions carefully to be sure you complete the entire assignment and submit it in the proper format.


Acc English Sophmore Summer reading

Honors English II and Gifted English II Summer reading: Due August 3rd


All Honor and Gifted 10th graders should register to take the PSAT in October. Students will register for the PSAT in September. The PSAT qualifies students for the PSAT class and SCHOLARSHIPS. In September, please listen for announcements regarding PSAT registration. 



I. Read a choice novel (fiction or non-fiction) that is appropriate for high school. The novel should be at least 200 pages. You will complete A or B for 1 and 2. If the book has been made into a movie, in addition to 1 and 2 you should detail if the book or movie is better and why using textual evidence in 150 words.


1. Knowledge: 150 words 

A . Authors do not choose a title randomly—usually there is some significance to it. Identify and describe the meaning of your book’s title


B. Describe the genre and setting (time and place) of your book. Explain its importance to the narrative.


2. Analysis: 150 words

A. Write an analysis of the main character. Describe him/her and his/her transformation. Then, explain WHY they transformed over the course of the book. 


B. Relate the book to human experience. Explain one truth about human nature and find three events from the text that relate to those truths. 



II. Read Animal Farm by George Orwell

After you read: 

Respond to each prompt in a well-developed paragraph of at least 150 words. Please be sure your ideas are original. Responses must be your own. I only care what you think. If you read it, think it, write it, and prove it with textual support, then you are right. Always.


1.The literal level

What is Animal Farm about at its simplest level? This is a simple plot summary; nothing is intended to be profound, but textual proof is needed. 


2. The allegorical level

Every character in the novel has a double significance. Choose two of the characters in the novel and analyze whom they really represent. Use textual evidence to support your ideas. Read the handouts about the Russian Revolution before writing your response. 

3. The moral level

What does Animal Farm say about human morality? What makes some of the animals “bad” and some of them “good”? Do you agree with the system that the animals (mostly the pigs) developed? 







British author George Orwell wrote, “Animal Farm was the first book in which I tried, with full consciousness of what I was doing, to fuse political purpose and artistic purpose into one whole.” He called it a “fairy-story” with a “political purpose” or moral. It fits many categories: novel, satire, anti-utopia (dystopia), beast fable, and allegory. Orwell continues by saying his main intention (in Animal Farm) was to show how false the popular idea was that Soviet Russia was a socialist state; he wanted to save what he considered to be true socialism from communism. What was his message (the novel’s primary theme) about social and political power for everyone? The book was so controversial that although Orwell wrote most of Animal Farm in 1943-44, he couldn’t get it published until after the war due to its political nature. It was an immediate best seller. 

Historical Background and Allusions/Symbols 

To discover Orwell’s message, it helps to know the time period. Because it is an allegory, the novel’s animals, settings, events, and objects represent (allude to) people, places, and ideas outside of the story in order to teach a moral. Try to match the historical figures, places, events, and items listed in bold print with their counterparts in the novel.

1905: In Russia, striking workers and their families, led by a priest, march in St. Petersburg to present a petition to Czar (Tsar) Nicholas II, demanding better working conditions, pay, and food. Instead, they are gunned down by his Imperial guards, killing/wounding 1,000 or more people (including many women and children) in a tragedy to become known as Bloody Sunday. Revolts continue, so to prevent an organized revolution, the government establishes some civil rights. However, in the aftermath, the Czar and his nobility remain firmly in power.

1917: Most Russians continue to live in poverty, hunger, and under threats of imprisonment or death under the wealthy czar’s rule. They listen to the vision of revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, who promotes the ideas of the late Karl Marx (author of the Communist Manifesto), using such mottos as “Peace, Bread, Land” and “Workers of the world, unite!” A Russian Revolution occurs in the spring and summer, overthrowing the czar who is later executed along with his family. The Bolsheviks, Lenin’s Red Army, gradually gain power and then total control by means of an organized, surprisingly easy battle in the fall of 1917.

1920’s: Russia officially becomes the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) with the Revolution’s Communist ideology of equality for all just before Lenin dies, causing a power struggle between two other leaders, Trotsky and Stalin, both of whom claim to believe in the Revolution’s principles. Stalin expels Trotsky from the Communist Party and gains military control in 1927. He begins reforms called Five-Year Plans with huge industrial projects, utilizing the working class as cheap labor. The older citizens also work, but seem less optimistic than the younger generations.

1930’s: Each Five-Year Plan leads to another and although production has increased, the fruits of the labor primarily go to the government. Some workers begin a revolt against collectivization until Stalin eliminates all opposition by carrying out “purge trials” with the help of the Russian military. These “trials” result in the executions, imprisonment, or exile of citizens labeled as enemies (anyone who disagreed with his actions, including the Russian Orthodox Church). He uses media propaganda and government agents to do his bidding in return for rewards while he mainly stays at the Kremlin, the government headquarters showcasing the nation’s wealth. Elsewhere, another dictator takes control in Europe, Hitler (in Germany), in addition to Mussolini (in Italy), and Franco (in Spain). Hitler and Stalin sign a Non-Aggression Pact as Hitler begins to invade and take over countries in Eastern Europe. Wanting to avoid war but keep Russia as an ally for economic and military reasons, England and America send ambassadors to continue trade and diplomatic relations.

1940’s: During World War II (1939-45), Russia is a distant ally of Great Britain and the United States in the effort to defeat Germany (Hitler and Nazis) after Hitler breaks the Non-Aggression Pact. Throughout the war, the Russian people suffer tragic losses, but the government survives and even prospers by war’s end due to the Allies. Stalin, Roosevelt (America), and Churchill (England) have a conference at Yalta in early 1945 to discuss post-war distribution of power. They appear to agree, but Stalin lies and Russia soon isolates itself, creating an “iron curtain” to begin the Cold War.



















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