Summer Assignments 2022
English 3 AP/IB
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. ISBN-13 : 978-1250811899
- Biographical introduction: “NEWSMAKER: GENE LUEN YANG”
- Read and annotate Criticism: “Reading Images in ‘American Born Chinese’ through Critical Visual Literacy”
- Read and annotate Criticism: “‘How Good It Is to Be a Monkey’: Comics, Racial Formation, and ‘American Born Chinese’”
*You may annotate in OneNote or on printouts. All annotations will be submitted electronically (20 points).
In MLA format with proper in-text citations, type a 3-page (minimum) review of the criticisms. The structure of the assignment is as follows:
- An introductory paragraph: a brief overview of the primary work in question (American Born Chinese) including the author of the work (Yang), the author of each criticism (Schieble and Song), and a brief introduction of each of the criticisms (10 points).
- Two (2) body paragraphs: each paragraph should be at least one (1) page minimum with at least three (3) quotes with proper citations in each paragraph (30 points). These body paragraphs should identify the criticisms thesis with a direct quote and then go on to outline the development with at least two more quotes.
- A concluding paragraph linking and evaluating the 2 criticisms (10 points). Take a critical approach to the criticisms to identify strengths or weaknesses. In other words, discuss the value of the criticisms.
- A final, separate and argumentative thesis that synthesises the criticisms with your reading of the graphic novel and answers:
How does American Born Chinese encourage the reader to consider racial identity?
In addition to being argumentative and synthetic, your thesis should hint at how you might develop this argument in a separate essay. Your thesis does not need to address directly or even allude to the criticisms but should be a continuation of the criticisms’ lines of inquiry. It should be original. Your thesis should be well-stated. It may be more than one sentence. See “Thesis Statement Handout” (20 points).
5. A Works Cited page: there should be 4 entries on it: the 3 sources and the primary text. Consult the MLA Handbook or owl.purdue.edu to ensure proper citations. (10 points)
100 Points in Homework/Participation
- I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys. ISBN 13 - 978-1984836038
- Directions: As you read I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys, answer the questions in this packet to guide you through the story. Be sure to carefully read directions and answer in complete sentences. Be sure to turn in your completed packet on the first day of school.
- I Must Betray You reading guide
- Read Chapters I-XIII of Beowulf.
- This text will serve as a basis for understanding future assignments, so read carefully.
- After reading, write a one-page summary of the major plot and character developments. Please follow SM academic honesty policies. Do not copy this summary from another source as your writing will be submitted to Turnitin to ensure originality. Your summary should be no fewer than 250 words and be in MLA format. Be ready to submit and discuss on the first day of class.
- Students should also refresh their annotating skills by reviewing the "How to Annotate" documents on the English Department webpage and on the SMCHS website. Close reading and proper annotation of texts is a course expectation and will be graded.
- During the first week of class, students will be given three, 50-question, precalculus exams. The topics covered will be Algebraic Functions, Trigonometry, and Logarithms and Exponentials. These exams will be solely multiple choice questions and primarily concentrate on concepts rather than calculation type problems.
- The first two weeks of class, students will be tested on fundamental concepts of Algebraic Functions from Pre-Calculus Honors, Trigonometric Functions from Pre-Calculus Honors, Logarithms, Exponentials, Polars, Parametrics and Conics from Pre-Calculus Honors and the Calculus Packet from Pre-Calculus Honors. These four exams will be solely multiple choice questions and concentrate on concepts rather than calculation type problems.