Grade:  10

Credit: 1 

Prerequisite: English 9/Pre-AP English 9; teacher recommendation

Teachers:  Ms. Volino

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Summer Assignment: 

Osbourn Park High School

Summer Assignment

Pre-AP English 10


Select ONE of the multicultural books from the list below.  As you read, you need to make annotations in the book as we will be writing an essay on theme and analyzing tone during the third week of school. YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A GRADE FOR BOTH THE ANNOTATIONS AND THE ESSAY.

Literary Terms You Need to Know:

  1. Subject- topic of the book
  2. Theme- what the author is saying (the message) ABOUT THE SUBJECT of the book
  3. Tone- the way the AUTHOR feels about the subject of the book
  4. Diction- word choice

Annotation Suggestions: 

  1. Circle and define any unknown words as you come across them
  2. Summarize every couple pages or chapters depending on length and your comprehension
  3. Highlight any emotionally-charged diction (words that stand out and have exaggerated meanings-this will help you determine the author’s tone)

Choose from ONE of the following books (Be sure to research the books before you make a selection and choose one that would interest YOU.):

                The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri 

                American Street by Ibi Zoboi

                The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

                The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

                Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas

                Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac


Keep these possible topics in mind when considering themes:






REMEMBER:  Plot is not theme!  The plot helps the author convey the theme. 


So, as you are summarizing the text, ask yourself:

Why did the author tell this story?

What did the author want his audience to know?

How does what happened in the story help get across the author’s main point?