Welcome summer Honors students and thanks for your patience; I hope you enjoyed your first, restful week of summer break!
First, let me offer some suggested readings for both classes: None of these is "required" for the summer, but I will be choosing our class novels from the following lists, so getting your "first read-through" done during the summer will help not only save you time during the year, but really help you get much more out of what we do with and to these books in class:
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
Ethan Frome (Wharton)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
We'll also be doing at least one Shakespeare play (Midsummer Night's Dream? The Tempest? Macbeth--TBA)
We'll also read excerpts from several major classics of Epic and World/sacred literature, including
The Iliad, Paradise Lost (Milton), The King James Bible, the Tao Te Ching, and The Analects of Confucius.
AP11 will read:
Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
J. Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Tortilla Curtain by TC Boyle
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison, not HG Wells!)
Again, these are optional for NOW, but I encourage you to take some time this summer to make a trip or two to your local library and get started on all those you can; Both of us who will teach the H10 classes will finalize the Shakespeare play in the coming week.