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10th Grade Honors

10th Grade English 2 Honors – 2018 Required Summer Reading


English 2 Honors

Summer Reading

Ms. Wenzell


English 2 Honors – 2018 Required Summer Reading


To prepare you for the rich discourse of the English 2 Honors Course, you will be required to read the following over the summer:


  • How to Read a Novel Like a Professor – Thomas C. Forrester (We will be referring to this novel throughout the year)

  • The Awakening – Kate Chopin

  • A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (a play)


This required reading focuses on the limitations imposed on individuals living in a patriarchal society that restricts individual freedom and the inherent consequences.  While written in the 18th Century, they are canons of literature and carry depth of message.


Supplemental Reading

You are to select one of the following contemporary pieces of fiction (although feel free to read as many as you want; they’re all amazing):


  • Blindness – Jose Saramagio

  • Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

  • The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron

  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

  • The Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline


Each novel chronicles individual struggles against conformity, societal oppression and expectations, and triumphs of the human spirit.  Former Honor students have found them to be engaging, enlightening, and timeless.


No project is required, however, be prepared on the first day to discuss, in depth, the supplemental novels and put into practice what you learned from Forrester’s work.  Your first essay will be a comparative paper on the required reading.


Literary Editorials

You are required to read either the New York Times Book Review on line, the SF Chronicle Book Review (such as it is), or the Chicago Tribune each Sunday throughout the summer.  I want you to notice diction, tone, style, and content and context. Be a detective siphon through the clues of language. Your goal is to find 5 literary reviews that capture your attention.  Annotate and dissect each review to highlight the language and context that piqued your interest, what questions did it pose for you, why? Bring these marked up copies to the first day of class.   


Feel free to contact me over the summer should you have any questions:


Enjoy the reading! I promise you will be moved, stimulated, and lost in thought.