11th Grade Honors English & Honors American Studies Summer Reading AssignmentsThe English Department recommends that, if possible, students read the texts listed for each English class, as the texts provide a baseline for the coursework in that class. If that is not possible, read any book that is representative of the course. Check your local libraries for print books, eBooks and audiobooks. For some free ebooks, go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/.
If possible, read one book from the list below. You should annotate with sticky notes. If possible, bring your book WITH sticky notes to class on the first day of school. See details below:
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Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
100 Selected Poems by e.e. Cummings
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The People's History of Sports in the United States by Dave Zirin
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry, Edited by Rita Dove [READ ONLY ONE POEM BY EACH POET TO MAKE THIS MORE MANAGEABLE.]
Or, if these specific titles are not available to you, consider authors such as Louise Erdrich, Cormac McCarthy, Erik Larson, Octavia E. Butler, James Baldwin, John Irving, Carson McCullers, Alison Bechdel.
The Public Libraries in Topsfield and Boxford have some Masco owned books that you can keep for as long as you need them. Give them a call and support your local library!
Topsfield Public Library 978-887-1528
Boxford Public Library 978-887-6352
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry Edited by Rita Dove
Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years in The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Now available in paperback, this indispensable volume represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities—with varying styles, voices, themes, and cultures—while balancing important poems with vital periods of each poet. Featuring works by Mary Oliver, Derek Walcott, John Ashbery, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kevin Young, Terrance Hayes, Li-Young Lee, Joanna Klink and A.E. Stallings, Dove’s selections paint a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry.
"Former U.S. Poet Laureate Dove takes a fresh look at the canon of 20th century American poetry in this hefty anthology [...] This book is sure to become an important resource for those interested in poetry, and especially students, for decades to come."
—Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]
“One of the gifts of twentieth-century U.S. poetics has been the series of debates about what we are to value in and about poetry, and one of the tasks of the student of poetry is to develop her own criteria for excellence, taking her cues from the values of her own cultures—inherited, encountered, or taught, as the case may be.”
—Evie Shockley, Boston Review
A People's History of Sports in the United States by Dave Zirin
In this long-waited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog Edge of Sports is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining chronicle of larger-than-life sporting characters and dramatic contests and what amounts to an alternative history of the United States as seen through the games its people played. Through Zirin’s eyes, sports are never mere games, but a reflection of—and spur toward—the political conflicts that shape American society.
Half a century before Jackie Robinson was born, the black ballplayer Moses Fleetwood Walker brandished a revolver to keep racist fans at bay, then took his regular place in the lineup. In the midst of the Depression, when almost no black athletes were allowed on the U.S. Olympic team, athletes held a Counter Olympics where a third of the participants were African American.
A People’s History of Sports in the United States is replete with surprises for seasoned sports fans, while anyone interested in history will be amazed by the connections Zirin draws between politics and pop flies. As Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, puts it, “After you read him, you’ll never see sports the same way again.”
..."this sprawling, insightful and contrarian book is worth reading for its portrayal of the rebel athletes to whom it is dedicated, and to whom we are all indebted."