2012 - 2013 BHSN English Department
Summer Reading Lists
Ms. Elizabeth Sweeney - Honors English 9
Incoming freshmen enrolled in the English 9 Honors class must read the novel, The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford. The book is available at a discount from The Book Corner at 100 N. Walnut St. BHSN students receive 20% off the purchase of this book.
Mr. Bill Hays and Ms. Alexis Butera - Honors English 10
Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
A prerequisite for enrollment in Honors English 10 is the candidate’s commitment to reading Charles Dickens’ novel, David Copperfield, during summer recess. During the first week of school, in August of your sophomore year, all students who have enrolled in the course will be required to take a content-based examination on the novel; in addition, students will be asked to respond in a formal essay to the prompts listed below:
- “’I hope that simple love and truth will be stronger in the end. I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world.’” So says Agnes Wickfield in Chapter XXXV. You should be able to identify the value bearers in the novel; that is, those characters who represent “real love and truth” and how they triumph “in the end.” Also, you should be able to identify those “evil” characters in the novel, as well as the “misfortune(s)” that plague certain characters.
- It can be argued that David is often victimized because he is attracted to appearance and is unable to see the reality lying below the surface. You should be able to argue this point, supplying specific evidence from the novel to support your argument.
Mrs. Joanne Frye and Mr. Paul Rodes - AP English 11
Jaques Steinberg: The Gatekeepers
Please read Steinberg's book, The Gatekeepers, prior to the start of school in August.