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World Literature Honors -- Fall 2020

Summer Reading Assignment
  1. Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse (Bantam Edition), an absorbing novel about a young man’s search for self-knowledge
  2. The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston (Vintage Edition), an intense story of a young woman who wrestles with her Chinese identity and values in the context of America

Since the first two weeks of the course will be devoted to a comparative study of Siddhartha and The Woman Warrior, it is important that you read both works carefully, preferably in August. DUE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS are TYPED dialectical notes (two columns, quotations in one column, responses in the other) of thought-provoking quotations (cited by chapter and page number) and your commentary on each. Your log will be collected. Record observations on developing themes, characters, symbolism, imagery, parallels and contrasts with other works, as well as personal reflections. A paper will be required at the end of the unit.

For purposes of reference during discussion, it is important that we all use the same editions. While these editions are available on Amazon, you may instead choose to borrow a copy from the English department. Please email Ms. Lucibello at glucibello@branfordschools.org if you would like a school copy.


Vocabulary Study

Getting started on vocabulary study this summer will not only increase your reading comprehension but will give those of you who will be taking the SAT in the fall a head start on preparation. You are required to learn the definitions of the attached list of words. Many of the words come from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities - a love story set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the revolution by which many historians compare all others - which we will read in the course. There will be a vocabulary assessment the first week of school.

A suggested text for vocabulary study is:

Brownstein, Samuel, Mitchel Weiner, and Sharon Weiner Green. Basic Word List. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s, recent edition.

This text is available to borrow in D25. The definitions in the text are clear and it contains an example of each word used in context. I will use this text for our vocabulary study. However, you are welcome to use a good online dictionary as well.

Honors English 12 Summer Vocabulary

You may find it helpful to divide the words into groups of five, learning the definition of one group per week which should be painless!

incredulity
tremulous
inscrutable
prevaricate
implacable
retinue
expeditious
pecuniary
modicum
incumbent
capitulate
inexorable
supplicate
gaunt
vindictive
resonant
eminent
tacit
convivial
debauchery
admonish
sagacious
trepidation
obsequious
aphorism
incorrigible
expiate
deprecate
mitigate
imperious
circuitous
punctilious
castigate
florid
exacerbate
ignominious
timorous
propensity
countenance
congenial
auspicious
laconic
lucrative
dissipate
feign
retribution
mercenary
compunction
mercurial
deference

Have a great summer; I look forward to meeting you in the fall, well-rested and well read!