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AVID Students Chosen to Represent MHS at GEARUP Conference in Washington, D.C.
AVID Seniors, Jorge, Allison, & Pedro, chosen for GEARUP conference in DC and met with US Congressman Mark Meadows #titanproud
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RISING 9th GRADE ENGLISH HONORS STUDENTS
Students are assigned the summer reading of To Kill a Mockingbird
Classic pieces of literature can have multiple themes or central ideas. The themes of innocence, empathy, and equality are used throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In a 600-800 word essay, discuss how one of these themes is developed over the course of the novel. Include how the theme emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details later in the story. You should write a five paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Please use MLA format and textual evidence (quotes) in your paper. DO NOT SUBMIT A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT.
RISING 10th GRADE ENGLISH HONORS STUDENTS
Students are assigned the summer reading of The Scarlet Pimpernel
Major characters in literature change because of the forces that act upon them. Select the character from The Scarlet Pimpernel that exhibits the most change throughout the novel. In a 600-800 word essay, discuss the changes that take place within that character. You should write a five paragraph essay with an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Please use MLA format and textual evidence (quotes) in your paper. Remember, you want to examine and analyze the changes, specifically how and why they occur and why they are important to the novel as a whole. DO NOT SUBMIT A SUMMARY OF THE PLOT.
Rising 11th Grade Novel choice:
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Racism is a prevalent source of influence upon all of the characters in Hillary Jordan's Mudbound. In an essay of 750 - 1000 words, choose one of the narrators of the novel, and explore the ways in which the character is shaped by racism. Your essay should be typed, use specific textual references from throughout the novel, and follow MLA format.
Copies of the novel may be purchased on Amazon.com, Mr. K's Used Books in Asheville, or any Barnes & Noble book store.
Rising 12th Grade Novel choice:
Dracula by Bram Stoker
In literature, a foil is a character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective of highlighting the traits of the other character. Discuss Van Helsing’s role as a foil to the title character, Dracula and analyze how the contrast between the two characters illuminates the meaning of the work.
Copies may be purchased online at amazon.com or any bookstore. If you have a Kindle or Nook, the digital copy is free or you can use the free pdf link listed below.
Honors Defining the American Experience through Literature Summer Assignment
Your summer assignment consists of 3 components. To ensure your placement in the course, please be sure all assignments are completed before you return to school. It is acceptable for you to collaborate with your classmates to have a movie night or visit a historical site, however all written work must be your own. We look forward to seeing you in the fall and providing you with a rewarding and challenging learning experience.
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