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Summer Assignments

Eagles Summer Reading Activities

Grade 9-12 & AP/Honors English

Required Novels:

Grade 9

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Grade 10

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Grade 11

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Grade 12

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson


Honors English

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

In order to improve vocabulary and language skills, maintain reading skills over summer break, develop fluency and independent reading skills, and become better life-long readers, a summer reading program is in place for 9-12 grade students. The activities are reflective of different learning styles and focus on high-order tasks as required by Language Arts Florida Standards.

Please review the required summer reading text for the English course you will be taking next 2021-2022 school year. The assigned reading MUST be completed by the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

Required Activities:
Review the attached on how to Annotate a Text and complete the Annotation Guide as you read your assigned novel. You will bring this assignment on the first day of school. In addition, complete ONE of the activities below for the book you read.

  1. On a poster board, make a timeline of at least 10 major events in the book you read. Be sure the divisions on the timeline reflect the time period in the plot. Use drawings, words or magazine cutout to illustrate and explain the events along the timeline.

  2. Create a mandala with many levels to connect different aspects of the books, its historical time, and culture. Write an explanation (500 words or more) of your mandala.

  3. Write a biographical sketch of one character (500 words or more). Fill in what you don’t find in the text using your own imagination.

  4. Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stone, old toy pieces, or any other object to create your sculpture. Then write an explanation (no less than 500 words) of how this character fits into the book.

  5. Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, building, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a detailed written explanation (500 words or more) of how this information contributes to an understanding of the book.

  6. You are a reporter. Write a front-page news story (500 words or more), or record a report live from the scene (no less than 1 minute long).

  7. Some characters are interesting and you can relate to, while others possess a specific personality that is intriguing. Select one of those characters that possess specific personality that is intriguing and explain how and why it is intriguing (500 words or more). Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

  8. There are scenes and lines that are unforgettable. Select 2 scenes and 2 lines from the book you have read and explain how and why you feel they are unforgettable (500 word or more). Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

  9. Imagine that you are the author of the book you just read. Suddenly the book becomes a best seller. Write a letter to a movie producer to convince that person to make your book into a movie. Explain why the story, characters, conflicts, etc..., would make a good film. Suggest a filming location and the actors to play the various roles.

  10. Create a collection of 6 memes that match or represent moments in the plot. Clearly justify and explain why each meme you choose represents a scene or character. Be sure memes are appropriate for the school/educational setting. Explanations should be 4-5 sentences.

  11. Create a figurative language collection with at least 6 examples and pictures/images of figurative language or descriptive imagery used in the book by the narrator. Include an explanation of each example’s impact on the story or reader. Explanations should be 4-5 sentences


Assessment:  Upon your return to school, your reading will be assessed by your English teacher through one of the following methods: essay, exam, or other activity.

***Don’t forget to bring all your annotations and selected activity to class the first day of school.

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