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Grade 11 Summer Reading Assignment

Directions – Choose one of the books listed below and complete one page of two-column notes per indicated sections.  (Total:  4 pages of notes)

The Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley

1.      Chapters 1-6
2.      Chapters 7-12
3.      Chapters 13-16
4.      Chapters 17-Epilogue

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

1.      Feathers from A Thousand Li Away
2.      The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates
3.      American Translation
4.      Queen Mother of the Western Skies

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

1.      Chapters 1-6
2.      Chapters 6-12
3.      Chapters 13-18
4.      Chapters 19-25

Use this Partial Model of two-column notes as an example to help format your notes.  See front side for specific content details for notes.  Notes in model below are taken from A Tale of Two Cities.

Characterization and Character Development

- Sydney Carton in Book Two, Chapter 3, as a slovenly mess who is uninterested in his work

- First to see Lucie faint (67), and acts jealous around Charles Darnay

-Confesses his love to Lucie in Book Two, Chapter 13

Conflict (Internal and External)

-Internal conflict: Carton’s self-hatred. He wants to be loved but does not think he is worthy of it. Book Two, Chapter 13

  • Uses metaphors to draw a picture of his worthlessness before expressing his ultimate devotion and promise to Lucie.

-External conflict:  “’He is hanged there forty feet high-and is left hanging, poisoning the water’” (154).

  • Gaspard is hanged for killing the Marquis
  • His body is left hanging over the fountain as both a warning to and a punishment of the village peasants
Significant Quotations with Explanation

“’O Miss Manette…think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life your love beside you!’” (138).

  • Carton showing his true love for Lucie.
  • Knows she will never love him
  • Loves her so much he would do anything to make her life happy even if it does not include him


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