World Literature Honors Required Reading
During each semester, you will be required to read one book independently. Choose your book from the appropriate list linked to this page. Note that there are different lists for each quarter. Please submit the name of your chosen book via the Google Form Link below by the required date.
For your required reading assignment, you will have a total of four response journal entries (detailed below). This is a literature class, so it is assumed that you are in here because you enjoy reading.
Reading Journal Guidelines:
Each response journal has two parts.
Part 1: You will begin each response journal with a brief explanation of the context - basically a summary of the section you have read, so I know what you are commenting about, but otherwise think of your journal entries as reactions and/or reflections to what you have read.
Part 2: The majority of your response journal should be your reaction/reflection to what you have read, NOT what happened in the book - NO summarizing in this part. This part of your response journal MUST be at least 500 WORDS. Your summary DOES NOT COUNT toward this word requirement. Both WORD and GOOGLE DOCS have a word count feature. It is suggested that you type your journal in one of these programs before submitting your entry. Besides being able to get a word count, you will also be able to edit your entries with the program's spell and grammar check feature.
I have given you some response starters below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. All work must be original specifically for this assignment unless prior approval is given. Review the English Department's plagiarism policy if necessary.
REMEMBER: CREDIT WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR SUMMARY OF THE TEXT IN THE RESPONSE PORTION OF THIS ASSIGNMENT!
Note: Submissions are due whether or not you are in school that day.
You may do all the journals before the due dates, but I will not grade them until the due dates. Use the LINKS below to submit each of your Journals. Work not submitted on these links will not be accepted.
POINTS: Book Choice Form (10 pts.) + Journals 1 - 4 (50 pts. x 4 = 200 pts.) = 210 total points. The due dates for each portion of your outside reading are listed below with the submission links.
Grading will be based on proof of original thought, “readability,” and analysis. The length of your journal and your response, as well as grammar and mechanics, will be taken into consideration when determining the grade for each journal. If you have any questions...you need to ask!
First semester you will write a literary argument about some aspect of your chosen novel. This paper is due the day you come back from Christmas break. No late papers will be accepted.
Second semester you will complete a project about your chosen novel. Tentative Due Date: May 11.