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Honors Tenth Summer Reading Assignment 

Chapel Hill High School

Honors Tenth Grade World Literature and Composition

Summer Reading Assignment

 Over the summer, you are required to read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in preparation for your Honors Tenth Grade World Literature and Composition course. While you are reading the text, you are also required to complete a three-column notes assignment. Your first column will be a list of important literary terms. In the second column, you will define each of the literary terms on the list. For the third column, you will find an example of each term present in The Alchemist. Your examples should be specific, as well as thoroughly explained and described in a few sentences. You may type or neatly hand-write your notes. Follow the example below: 



Example from To Kill a Mockingbird


Time and place that a story takes place

The setting of To Kill a Mockingbird is 1930s Maycomb County Alabama. Maycomb County is mostly a rural area, with a very small town at its center. The 1930s were a time of widespread unemployment and poverty due to the Great Depression. Racism, segregation, and discrimination were also prevalent at this time in the South.

This assignment is due on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year: August 7, 2017. This assignment, along with a project and essay that you will complete within the first two weeks of school, will count as 10% of your grade in the course. Do not procrastinate on your reading or your three-column notes; make sure to complete the assignment as you read, not after you have finished the text.

Further, you are required to annotate the text as you read. Annotating entails adding notes, comments, reactions, and explanations to a text while you read. Annotating is an important skill of an active reader and learner, which is exactly what I expect you to be as an Honors Literature student. For tips on annotating, use the attached bookmark. 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Actions such as cheating, comparing answers, copying, and plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment. ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE EXAMINED USING A PLAGIARISM PROGRAM. ANY INSTANCE OF FOUR WORDS OR MORE PLAGIARIZED WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC ZERO.

Below is the list of literary terms to define and find examples of in the text that you read over the summer. I recommend the following website for definitions:


1.      Setting

2.      Exposition

3.      Rising action

4.      Climax

5.      Falling action

6.      Resolution/denouement

7.      Protagonist

8.      Antagonist

9.      Conflict

10.  Flat character

11.  Round character

12.  Static character

13.  Dynamic character

14.  Narrator

15.  Point of view

16.  Mood

17.  Tone

18.  Theme