Junior Honors British Literature

Honors British Literature

Summer Reading Requirement

NOTE: You will earn up to 200 points for your Summer Reading.  In this class, that is a LOT of points.  If you don’t do your Summer Reading, you will start the year with a large 0 and have a failing grade in the class for quite a while.  You will NOT be able to change your schedule to compensate for not doing Summer Reading.  You may also jeopardize your chances of earning an A for the semester. THE LAST DAY I WILL ACCEPT ANY SUMMER READING FOR A GRADE WILL BE AUGUST 18, 2016. A late work deduction will be applied at the rate of 10% per day for each part that is late every day after August 11 (the first day of school). After that date, your Summer Reading grade will stay a 0.

In order to be in an honors class for the junior year, you must complete the following:

Choose one of the books below to read sometime this summer. It might be helpful to read it early, and get the assignment finished before the summer sets in.

Once you’ve thoroughly read the book, e-mail jsudbrink@mths.us a complete summary of the book. It should be a MINIMUM of 1 ½-2 pp.! Be sure to include enough detail that she can tell you read the entire book—beginning, middle, and end! If your grammar is poor, your grade will suffer (see my grammar rules below).  If you haven’t provided enough detail/length, your grade will suffer.  If you have plagiarized (copied the summary from a  website) you will receive a 0 for the assignment. This portion is worth 100 points.

Mrs. Sudbrink will email you back with some questions to answer based on the book you chose to read. The more thorough and complete your effort at summarizing what you read, the fewer questions you’ll have to answer. Overly simplistic answers to these questions are not going to cut it for a junior-level honors course! The answers to your questions will be graded the same way as your paper was.  This portion is worth 100 points.

Email the answers to the questions back to Mrs. Sudbrink, and she will email you back with your grade for the Summer Reading.

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Sudbrink at jsudbrink@mths.us.

Grammar rules:

Run ons, comma splices, and fragments are worth – 2 per error for now; by the end of the year, they will be worth 1 letter grade apiece.

Subject/verb, pronoun agreement, use of contractions, personal pronouns (I, me, mine, you, yours), their/there, to/two/too, etc errors are worth –1 per error for now; by the end of the year, they will be worth – 5 apiece.

Puncutation, capitalization, spelling, mechanics errors are worth ¼ of a point per error for now; by the end of the year, they will be worth –1 apiece.



Grendel by John Gardner – Fiction.

As you will come to learn next year, if you do not know already, Grendel is the name of one of English literature’s first and most terrifying monsters. In John Gardner’s fictional masterpiece, called an “extraordinary achievement” by the New York Times, and “a marvelous novel” by Newsweek, Grendel seeks to tell his side of the story from the great epic Beowulf, which we will be studying in class first semester. *NOTE- Some adult language.

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson- Non-Fiction

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through the colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from today’s most respected academics and eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who developed a firm but unsubstantial conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunkerlike room in Washington, D.C. where the world’s largest collection of First Folios is housed.