2019- 2020 Cambridge English Pre-Aice English Literature 10th grade
Cambridge: Pre-AICE Literature
Directions: These assignments will be EXPECTED from ALL incoming 10th grade students accepted into Cambridge. Please read all of the directions carefully. Each student will complete the following assignments below:
1. You will choose ONE novel from the list provided.
2. You will complete a dialectical journal assignment to accompany the novel read.
3. Then, you will chose ONE Short Story from the list provided and
4. Complete a project to complete with it.
You will turn in this assignment digitally or on paper by an assigned date provided by your English Teacher upon the first week of school. The assignment/project you choose is due by the end of the 1st 9 weeks for a grade in your English class.
1. Novel choices (Pick ONE):
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. Both the pioneers who first break the sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong.
In Custody by Anita Desai
a novel by Indian-American author Anita Desai set in Delhi, India, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The book deals with the search for meaning in life. Traditionally, Persian and Urdu poets are engaged in the mystical life and meditating on God.
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Hard Times – For These Times is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era.
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
In 1806 William Thornhill, an illiterate English bargeman and a man of quick temper but deep compassion, steals a load of wood and, as a part of his lenient sentence, is deported, along with his beloved wife, Sal, to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. The tale of William and Sal’s deep love for their small, corner of the new world, and William’s gradual realization of the world in which he lives.
2. Dialectical Journal:
- Keep an online journal of your thoughts as you read your novel. You should have a minimum of 15 entries, divide the book up so that every 15-20 pages you have a journal entry. Your journal entries need to cover the whole book from beginning to end. Your journal will be in three parts. See example below.
Part 1: Include a 50 word summary,
Part 2: a personal response 50 words (your thoughts, questions, predictions), and
Part 3: an explanation of a one literary element that was used in this section .(Elements to use: imagery, exposition, climax, figurative language: (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, allusion, personification, etc.) Consider using google to find relevant literary devices to know)
EXAMPLE of JOURNAL ENTRY
Journal Entry #1 The Fault in Our Stars *not a novel choice
Part 1 Summary: The reader is introduced to Hazel Grace, a sixteen-year-old, who has thyroid cancer and hates going to group therapy even though her mother makes her attend the meetings. At one meeting, she meets an attractive boy named Augustus who catches her eye, and they end up talking after the first meeting.
Part 2 Response: Hazel is an interesting main character because she is going through so much hardship due to cancer. Being a teenager and trying to find acceptance within a group of people is difficult enough, but then she has to cope with the cancer she has on top of all that. I think kind of resents her mother for making her go to therapy for her cancer, but I think it’s good that she has caring mother who is invested in her life. The boy she meets at the group therapy sessions interests me because Hazel and he seem to catch each other’s attention. I predict that they start a friendship that could possibly grow into a dating relationship.
Part 3 Literary Element:
Exposition: The exposition is the first point on a plot diagram that introduces a character, a conflict, and the setting. The reader is introduced to Hazel Grace, she is your not so typical teenager, the conflict is cancer, and the setting is Indianapolis.
3. Short Story choices PICK ONE:
All the titles below are links to the required short stories
- The Signalman by Charles Dickens
- The Lemon Orchard by Alex la Guma
- Sredni Vashtar by H. H. Munro (Saki)
- Araby by James Joyce
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
4. Project choices PICK ONE:
- For the Artist: Draw/Sketch five significant scenes from the short story and describe it in one well-written paragraph the scene you are depicting on separate sheet of lined paper (5 total). You will have a total of five scenes and five paragraphs (at least seven strong sentences). Each scene needs to be drawn on a separate piece of paper (not lined notebook paper, but plain computer paper or sketch pad paper), so at the end of your project you will have five scenes on five different sheets of paper with your paragraph descriptions stapled to it on lined paper.
- For the Musician: Create an IPod Playlist/CD of at least five songs that relate to this short story, the conflicts, the themes, and/or the characters. In a Google Doc or Microsoft Word document you must write one paragraph (at least seven strong sentences) per song choice that explains the reason that song relates to that short story. What is the meaning of that song, and how does it relate to that character, theme, or conflict?
- For the Poet: In a GoogleDoc OR Microsoft Word file: Write five poems that relate to the short story. You can put yourself in the shoes of a few of the characters and write from their viewpoints. Please be sure to include a well-written paragraph (at least seven strong sentences) after each poem (5 total) that explains which character’s viewpoint you are writing from and how exactly your poem relates to the short story.
In this process, there is to be NO collaboration with other students. Any assistance from the internet, movies, or secondary sources such as Sparknotes, Cliff Notes, or Wikipedia will be viewed as cheating.
***This is plagiarism, you will receive a zero for the assignment and receive a discipline referral.
If you have questions about format, email Danielle.Marshall@ocps.net
***Please include in your email your first and last name, your student ID number, a proper greeting, and any question you have in regards to the project you are completing.
Where to buy a book:
- Barnes and Noble Book Store (E Colonial & Bumby Rd)