Honors English 9/10 Summer Homework

The Readings

Students must read THREE selections before class convenes in the fall and meet the turn-in deadlines below. These readings will provide the basis for discussion, group work, and presentations during our first unit, as well as your first major essay. Read carefully, complete the reading notes and written homework below mindfully, and be sure to refresh/reacquaint yourself with all three texts before we meet in September. This schedule asks you to read about one book every 4 weeks; know thyself and thy summer schedule, and plan accordingly.

About Buying Books

  1. Parents should be aware that some of the recommended texts contain mature content. ATYP faculty are trained in facilitating productive conversations on potentially difficult topics.  We encourage students to discuss what they’re reading with their parents. To review the books, we suggest looking for the titles on goodreads.com or commonsensemedia.org.
  2. As you will see, writing in a physical book that you can keep is highly recommended.
  3. It’s absolutely OK to purchase used copies—but see if you can find copies that don’t have other people’s annotations in them.

In the spirit of supporting local business…please consider purchasing your texts from a local store! This is also a great time to buy your summer beach reads! We have given our titles to This is a bookstore/Bookbug and Kazoo Books so they can help you.

  1. Required Reading #1 (Due June 30th): "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells: ISBN 9780486284729
  2. Required Reading #2 (Due July 31st): "Challenger Deep" by Neal Shusterman: ISBN 9780061134142
  3. Recommended Readings (Due August 31st) (choose one):
    • "Persepolis 1" by Marjane Satrapi: ISBN 9780375714573
    • "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevado: ISBN 9781471409127
    • "Show Me a Sign" by Ann Clare LeZotte: ISBN 9781338255829

Zhang Scholarship recipients can have summer reading novels purchased for them. The ATYP office will send an email regarding obtaining the books. If you are not a scholarship recipient but purchasing the texts is a hardship, please contact the ATYP office. We will help!

The Writing (Two Parts)

  1. Reading Notes:Take notes in a word processor (e.g., Google doc or Microsoft Word document) while you read. Use the Reading Notes Template. All reading notes, both for required and recommended books, need to be
    • typed,
    • 1.5 spacing,
    • Times New Roman 12-point font size,
    • 1” margins,
    • Separate document for each book. File Names should follow this general structure:
      •  <First and Last Name> - Summer - <Novel’s Title> Notes
      • Example: Joe Coffee - Summer - The Time Machine Notes
    • Length will vary from novel to novel, but a 1/4 to 3/4 page per chapter (at 1.5x spacing) is a decent unit of measure to help you determine how much you should be writing.
    You will find these notes invaluable when you write your first essay. You do NOT need to take notes on every page you read. You will be submitting these notes with your summer reading homework as part of the graded homework assignment for summer. You are highly encouraged to actually write in and highlight your texts, as well, for easy reference. Good note taking practices include
    • marking passages that seem significant (including page numbers) while you read and marking why you feel they are important (ex. Language is particularly difficult or beautiful, important details, important character details, important setting details, theme, foreshadowing, etc.)
    • pausing at the end of each chapter to summarize your reading and thoughts/questions.
    • go BEYOND summary-- your instructor will be looking for you to discuss important passages, include questions, analogies, relevant comments, similarities you find with the outside world, use in-text citations, etc. Notes that only include summary will not earn a passing grade.
  2. Key Passages: For each of the readings ("Time Machine", "Challenger Deep", and one other book), select FIVE short passages (5-10 lines maximum) to explore in depth (be sure that these passages represent different sections of the book). Utilize the Key Passage Template.

    Quote the text and provide an in-text citation before beginning your two paragraphs. For EACH passage/quote, write two paragraphs:

    • Paragraph 1: How/why the passage is significant to the story
      • As you examine the passage, stay in third person perspective, i.e., avoid pronouns I, me, my, us, our, you, your.
      • Consider discussion of characterization, character development, plot, foreshadowing, and other literary devices/elements that help shape a text.
    • Paragraph 2: How/why the passage affects you on a personal level
      • Vary your responses and dig deep. This is your instructor’s first impression of you as a human and as a writer.
      • You may use first person pronouns for this paragraph.
    Your Key Passages documents should be:
    • Typed,
    • 1.5 spacing,
    • Times New Roman 12-point font size,
    • 1” margins,
    • Separate document for each book. File Names should follow this general structure: 
      •  <First and Last Name> - Summer - <Novel’s Title> Key Passages
      • Example: Joe Coffee - Summer - The Time Machine Key Passages

Repeat this process for each book in a separate document. In total, you’ll have three key passage documents, each with 5 passages and 10 paragraphs.

ATYP English uses MLA style. Each book quote should be followed by an in-text citation that includes the author’s last name and a page number in parentheses. i.e., (Wells 22). See the example assignment on the website if you need further clarification.

In addition to emailing your assignments to atyp-info@wmich.edu by the listed due dates, BRING IN HARD COPIES OF ALL ASSIGNMENTS (NOTES & KEY PASSAGES), WITH YOUR TEXTS, TO CLASS WITH YOU ON THE FIRST DAY WE MEET.


ATYP English 9 uses Grammar Girl Presents: The Ultimate Writing Guide for Students (Fogarty, 2019 - ISBN 9781250217516) as a classroom textbook. While ATYP will provide a copy for anyone who needs one during their first year, we highly recommend that students purchase their own copy to keep for future reference. To give you an idea of the cost, a new paperback version is available on Amazon for under $11 and used versions are perfectly fine. You are welcome to purchase the book wherever you can find it. Students will purchase/borrow a handful of novels later in the year, but this book is used early in September. If you plan to buy it, you will want to have it in hand the first week of class.

Advice from previous students: The reading was fun—hardly like work at all, but do not wait too long before starting!

Have a fantastic summer! We look forward to seeing you in September!