Dive into Summer Reading
The Avon Park High School English Department requires that students who are enrolled in Honors English I at Avon Park High School read literature during the summer months. The purposes of the program are to support and enhance the reading skills developed during the school year and to encourage the appreciation of reading for its own sake. Students must be prepared to present evidence of their reading in their English class in the fall. The assessment will be averaged into their English grades for the year. Students are not required to purchase these books; however, it is recommended. Most books are available for purchase through Books a Million or may be checked out from the local public library.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me BEFORE June 7th at 863-452-4311 or
Honors English I
Choose one of the following ten assignments to complete for EACH of the two books read. You may NOT choose to do the same assignment for both books. You must complete a different assignment for each book. Projects will be due during the first week of school. Please do not bring your projects on the first day of school. Your Honors English I teacher will let you know what day to bring in your projects.
1. Keep a journal as you read the book; include your reactions, thoughts, and feelings for each chapter. Do not write a chapter summary. The journal should be a reflection of your OWN thoughts.
2. Describe, in a descriptive essay form, an experience youíve had that was like the experience of the main character in the book. The essay should be five paragraphs and have all the essential components of a five paragraph essay: introduction, 3 paragraph body, and conclusion.
3. If the book has a movie version, write a compare/contrast essay comparing the book and the movie. The essay should be a standard 5 paragraph essay and have all the essential components of an essay: introduction, 3 paragraph body, and conclusion.
4. Create a comic book version of the book, making sure to cover all of the characters, setting, plot, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The comic book should be a minimum of 10 pages.
5. Write a poem or song about the book. The poem or song must be at LEAST 25 lines long and cover all of the components of a story: characters, setting, plot, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
6. Design a movie poster for the book you read. Cast the major characters in the book with real actors and actresses. Include a scene or dialogue from the book in the layout of the poster. Remember, it should be PERSUASIVE; you want people to come see the movie. DO NOT JUST DRAW A PICTURE ILLUSTRATING A SCENE FROM THE BOOK.
7. Make a collage that represents major characters and events in the book you read. Use pictures and words cut from magazines in your collage. Make sure that the title of your book and the author is incorporated into the collage. DO NOT JUST DRAW A PICTURE ILLUSTRATING A SCENE FROM THE BOOK.
8. Using narrative writing, write an alternate ending to the book you read. Narrative writing includes dialogue and should be at LEAST 5 paragraphs long.
9. Be a talk show host. Videotape an "interview" with one or two of the main characters in the book. The interview should be at LEAST 3 minutes.
10. Make a travel brochure inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What types of activities would there be for them to attend? The brochure should be at LEAST 4 pages and have text and pictures/illustrations on each page.
2010-2011 Florida Teens Read List
Afterby Amy Efaw
Devon Davenport is a straight-A student and prominent player on her school's soccer team, but when she is linked to an abandoned baby found in the trash she is accused of attempted murder.
Brutal by Michael B. Harmon
Forced to leave Los Angeles for life in a quiet California wine town with a father she has never known, rebellious sixteen-year-old Poe Holly rails against a high school system that allows elite students special privileges and tolerates bullying of those who are different.
Candor by Pam Bachorz
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively--sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
Compound by S. A. Bodeen
Fifteen-year-old Eli, locked inside a radiation-proof compound built by his father to keep them safe following a nuclear attack, begins to question his future, as well as his father's grip on sanity as the family's situation steadily disintegrates over the course of six years.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
King of Screwups by K.L. Going
Liam Geller is one of the most popular boys in school but can't seem to do anything right in the eyes of his father; so he goes to live with his homosexual, rocker uncle who helps him to understand that there is much more to him than his father will ever see.
Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
High school student Charlie West awakens injured in a concrete bunker, discovers that he has lost a year of his life and has no memory of escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, and learns that he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to destroy the U.S. government.
No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin
A collection of essays in which inmates at American prisons who were sentenced to death while still in their teens share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up in prison and how they feel about capital punishment.
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.
Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town; but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.
Secret Story of Sonia Rodgriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Tenth-grader Sonia Rodriguez reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family while she studies hard so that she can be the first member of her family to successfully finish high school.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Willow by Julia Hoban
Sixteen-year-old Willow, who was driving the car that killed both of her parents, copes with the pain and guilt by cutting herself, until she meets a smart and sensitive boy who is determined to help her stop.