City Honors School
Summer Reading 2018
Entering Grade 12
Required Text #1
Beloved Toni Morrison ISBN# 978-1-4000-3341-6
The novel Beloved (1987) is the first of two works used for the discussion portion of the IB Part 2 Oral Assessment, the Individual Oral Commentary (IOC), so please read carefully and annotate with this in mind.
ASSIGNMENT: Motif study
Definition of a motif: “In a literary work, a motif can be seen as an image, sound, action, or other figure that has a symbolic significance, and contributes toward the development of a theme” (https://literarydevices.net/theme/).
Choose ONE of the following motifs to trace throughout Beloved, beginning with Part One:
Motifs: Water Milk Metal Colors Food Clothing
Required Text #2 Choose one of the titles below:
No Exit Sartre
A Thousand Splendid Suns Hosseini
The Glass Castle Wall
Woman at Point Zero El Saadawi
Assignment: As you read, mark and annotate passages you deem significant. Be prepared to share your findings and insights through both class discussion and written responses.
How we will make use of the reading when we return to school
Text # 1:
Text # 2:
Class work dealing with required text #2 will be assigned in September.
Why we expect you to complete this reading
Our IB Language A: Literature classes aid students in the development of their ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, as well as build understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism.
What you should do before you read these texts
Take some time to acquaint yourself with salient (relevant) information regarding the author and the contextual aspects of the work.
Additional things you need to succeed in English Language Arts for the upcoming school year
A list of the remaining required texts for the school year will be sent home by the end of September—all will be available to order through Chiron’s Corner.
Whom to contact for questions
Ms. Sabrina Vircillo-Franke