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10th Grade 2CP

10th Grade English 2CP Summer Reading Assignment

10th Grade English CP Summer Reading Assignment


Required Reading: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (2017)

Price: $12.28 on as of May 2, 2018

Available to borrow from  the South San Francisco Public Library! PDF version and audiobooks available in both English and Spanish. We’ve also let Barnes and Noble (Tanforan) know about summer reading books.

ISBN number (type into Amazon search bar!): 978-0525555360


Due Date: Friday, August 24, 2018


Presentation days: August 27, 2018 - August 31, 2018



As a class, we will be reading many works of literature and articles in which we will be asking ourselves “What message is the work trying to teach us?” and “How can we apply these messages to our own lives and education?” To begin making these connections, you will each create a soundtrack of music to symbolize the various parts of Aza’s journey and yours.


Music is one of the easiest things to connect to and it is something most of us encounter every day. Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought that the song reflected exactly how you felt about something or portrayed the mood of a particular experience in your life? Sometimes, we even listen to music to emphasize an emotion we are feeling in the moment or to find comfort in the lyrics. Normally, finding and listening to songs that generate this kind of connection is a passive encounter, but you will be actively looking for songs that represent Aza’s story and your own. Think of it as the accompanying soundtrack to a movie!


Summer Project Requirements

  1. Choose a character to focus on: Aza, Daisy, or Davis.

  2. Choose five songs to represent the different parts of the life and relationships for your chosen character. There are seven topics to choose from:

    1. Internal conflict or the struggle to understand personal identity

    2. Relationship between dreams for the future & money/social status

    3. Self vs. School/Education/Social expectations

    4. Relationship between friends

    5. Relationship between lovers

    6. Relationship between parents & child

    7. Theme song for the entire book

  1. On a Google Doc, include the five themes you chose and the lyrics for five songs. Beneath the lyrics, you will write five total paragraphs (1 per song) explaining why the songs best represent the themes in the book. You should:

    1. Choose specific lyrics in the song and quote them in your paragraph.

    2. Choose a specific scene/quotes from the book and explain how it connects to your chosen theme and your song.

      1. REQUIRED MINIMUM: 1 quote from the song AND 1 quote from the book per theme.

        1. It is encouraged that you include more than one quote from the book.

        2. Make sure you explain it well!

  2. On the same Google Doc, you will pick 3 themes for yourself and choose songs that represent your life or your philosophy/beliefs about these themes.

    1. You will include the three themes you chose for yourself.

    2. You will provide the lyrics for three songs.

    3. You will explain how these songs represent your life or your philosophy about that theme.

      1. Each paragraph must have at least one quote from each song.

  3. Turn in the assignment to when you arrive on campus.



When the school year begins, your 10th grade teacher will explain the presentation requirements and show you what they want your Google Slides presentation to look like. You do not have to create the presentation over summer, but you must complete all work to be placed into the presentation before the school year begins. That means all songs and paragraphs must be done before you come to school.


Example Paragraphs:


Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare Example:

Theme: Relationship between parent and child

Character focus: Juliet’s relationship with her father


The song I chose for Romeo & Juliet is “Listen” by Beyonce. When Beyonce says, “I am alone at a crossroads. I’m not at home in my own home,” it reminds me of the fight between Juliet and Lord Capulet in Act 3 Scene 5. During that scene, Juliet refuses to marry Paris and even says, “I pray you, tell my lord and father madam, I will not marry yet, and when I do I swear it shall be Romeo, whom you know I hate, Rather than Paris” (Shakespeare 3.5.125-127). Beyonce’s song connects to this moment when the lyrics say, “I tried and tried to say what’s on my mind,” yet the person did not listen. The same is true for her father, who rejected her pleas and called her “a curse” (3.5.174). Because of her father’s cruelty, Juliet cries and feels unsafe in her own home, which is also represented in the song lyrics. The song ultimately says that she is “more than what you made of me,” which could be interpreted as Lord Capulet believing the he made her who she is and Juliet’s rejection of that. She is also going to find her own way to stay with Romeo, which is also represented in the song when it says, “I followed the voice you think you gave to me, but now I gotta find my own.”


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Example:

Theme: Theme song for the entire book

TKAM Thematic Focus: Tom Robinson’s case as an example of racial injustice.


The song I chose to represent the theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is “BLOOD” by Kendrick Lamar. Tom Robinson was falsely accused of rape although he testified that Mayella had asked him to come inside the house to help, and when Tom was asked why he did it for free, he replied, “I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of em” (Lee 224). Unfortunately, Tom’s kindness led to a false rape allegation that led to his death, ultimately developing the idea that his arrest was the product of racism. Kendrick Lamar’s song “BLOOD” describes a similar scenario which is symbolic of the racism that Tom experienced. In his song, the main character comes across a blind woman who is struggling to find something she dropped. The character in the song says, “I decide to go over and lend a helping hand, you know? ‘It seems to me that you have lost something,’” and politely asks her “can I be of any assistance?” This moment is just like Tom’s in which he was simply offering services out of courtesy. In the song, the old woman says, “Oh yes, you have lost something. You’ve lost … your life,” and the song ends with a gunshot, indicating that the boy’s kindness somehow led to his unjust death. Like Tom Robinson’s case, this song implies that the woman was racist, which played a role in the character’s wrongful death.


“Two Kinds” by Amy Tan Example

Theme: Internal Conflict/Self-confidence

Focus: Jing-mei’s lack of confidence in herself


In Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds,” Jing-mei struggles with her identity due to her mother’s high expectations. This caused Jing-mei to lose confidence in herself. She says, “But sometimes the prodigy in me became impatient,” and would warn herself by saying, “If you don’t hurry up and get me [the prodigy] out of here, I’m disappearing for good… And then you’ll always be nothing” (Tan 1). When she does poorly at a piano recital, she gives up and says, “I’m not going to play anymore… Why should I? I’m not a genius” (7). The song “Pretty Bird” by Jhene Aiko reflects the struggles that Jing-mei feels in trying to deal with her self-esteem problems: “Pretty bird, please don’t cry, you can fly, and there’s a blinding light inside of you.” The song also says, “I’ve seen the strongest of them be torn from men, ripped apart and get put back together, them the ones with the most beautiful feathers.” The song is basically saying the painful experiences lead to strength, and this is applicable to Jing-mei because although she gives up, she knows that she has the skills within her. This is important because at the end of the story, Jing-mei has a revelation about who she is when she plays the piano and remembers her mother.