Summer Reading Assignment (Honors English I)

The Basics: What are you doing? Why are you doing it?

  • Students need to choose one book from either the 2020 or the 2019 High School Sequoyah Master List. To clarify: that is one book, total, for this assignment.
    After reading their chosen book, students are to create a 2-4-minute book talk or book trailer over that text. 

    UPDATE: The 2021 High School Sequoyah Master List was not released at the time that this assignment was created, but students are more than welcome to choose a title from this year's list.

    Detailed explanations are on this webpage, along with links to book talks and book trailers, so students may see the wide range of possibilities.

     

    The book talks / book trailers will be due to your 2020-2021 English Teacher by Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

     

    RESOURCES: Where Can We Find the Books?
    Save money and check out books at the local libraries! The Moore Public Library always asks for a list of titles so that there are plenty of copies on hand for students to check out.
    Just have to have your own copy? You can search new and used bookstores, both online (such as www.amazon.com) and at local stores (Half Priced Books and Barnes and Noble).

     

    ACADEMIC OBJECTIVES: Why do students have to complete a Summer Reading Project?
    1. To acquire and/or practice time management skills, essential for college and the workforce.
    2. To foster and further develop reading skills habits.
    3. To encourage students to explore creative learning/presentation through independent study.

     

    TURNING IT IN: How will I turn in my summer reading?

    • Electronic projects will be turned in through Canvas 
    • Non-electronic projects are oral presentations, which will be given in class at a scheduled time

How will you turn in the summer reading assignment?

  • How you turn in your assignment will depend on if your project is electronic or non-electronic:

    • Electronic projects will be turned in through Canvas 
    • Non-electronic projects are oral presentations, which will be given in class at a scheduled time
  • I read to find hope What is a Book Talk?


    A book talk is a short presentation about a book with the goal of convincing other people to read it.


    Purpose: “sell the book” to your audience
    How: engage the listeners by presenting a fun, exciting, and even suspenseful commercial for your book. So, more persuasive than expository—think sales and marketing.


    It’s not a formal book report or review; it is like a movie trailer, only for a book! Show your audience just enough information to convince you that you should watch the movie.

     

     

     

     

     

    Requirements:

    Create a short, persuasive presentation: 2-4 minutes


    Your presentation can be you presenting your book talk in-person, to our English class, or you can turn in an electronic project (audio or video).
    The book talk should cover some elements of the novel, but you should focus much of your time on the plot, themes and conflict in the novel. NO SPOILERS!!! (Don’t give away anything juicy.)


    No two book talks should sound the same! Bring your own personality and voice to the book talk and encourage students to do the same.

     

    Remember, your book talk should flow nicely, like a commercial.
    It should not be a giant list answering these questions!


  • What should your book talk look/sound like? That is up to you!  

    Whatever form of presentation you choose (in-class oral presentation, electronic: video or audio/podcast), the final product should reflect that you read your novel, that you had a clear intent with however the presentation is organized, the artistry is neat (this should not be interpretted as perfect), and the overall "product" is not generic: it should reflect youyour voice/personalityyour thoughts on the book. 

    I've included some links to video/audio book talks, in case you are the same type of learner that I am--I like examples! Just remember that you don't need to copy the examples, just use them to get a feel for the possibilities. You're welcome to create a presentation that does not come from this list; it is merely a starting point to give you some ideas. :)  

    Now, relax and have fun!!

     

    »»»  Plain (somewhat boring) outline that can serve as an outline, if you need a structure to get you started. You don't have to follow it, if you have your own idea: Click Here

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    Videos (YouTube)

    Student-led book talk about Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

    Student-led book talk about Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes. The student takes on the character of Wemberly to sell the book.

    Student-led book talk about The Lighning Thief by Rick Riordan. The student takes on the character of Percy Jackson.

    Teacher-led book talk talks about Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

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    Podcasts

    One Site, SO MANY OPTIONS! Click here to "shop" around.

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The Master Lists: Pick One Title