10th Grade Honors English

Required Reading For All Students Taking English 10 Honors During The 2018-2019 School Year

Part I: Reading Selections

First: Read Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

Maus I is a graphic novel detailing the harrowing story of a Holocaust survivor, with human characters depicted as cats and mice.

Maus I is available in local libraries, in bookstores, and online (Amazon.com). It is recommended that students purchase the book as they will need to have it in class for discussions, classwork assignments, and possibly projects. It is imperative that students acquire the book in plenty of time to read it over the summer. It is not a good idea to wait until the week before school starts.

Choose one other novel from the following list to read:

These novels can be purchased at any bookstore. There may be copies available through public libraries as well, but I would suggest having your own copy if possible. Please make sure you have a copy of each of your novels to bring to class when the semester begins.

Parents, I would suggest previewing these works and helping your student to choose novels that you approve of. If you are in need of an alternative selection, please contact one of us as soon as you can so we can work together to find one.

Part 2: Dialectical Journal

A dialectical journal is a written conversation between the reader and the text. Completing this will help with your summer reading presentation, an assignment you’ll begin when your class begins.

To help you complete your dialectical journal, please review the documents linked below:

In these journals, you will write a passage/quotation, indicate page number and your observation about or connection to that passage.

Your responses should cover and touch on various topics, such as:

  • The use and possible purpose of a literary device
  • A motif (a reoccurring element, thought, word, etc. in a selection)
  • A comparison/connection to another piece of literature, something in history, something in our culture/another culture, etc.
  • A personal connection, opinion, or reflection
  • A connection to one or more of our semester themes:
    • Man's Inhumanity to Man
    • Choices and Consequences
    • The Resilience of the Human Spirit
    • Honor and Loyalty
Dialectical Journal.pdf
Dialectical Journal Rubric.pdf
Dialectical Journal Template

Below is a printable version of the summer reading requirements outlined above:

Honors Summer Reading 18-19

Teacher Contact Information:

If you have any questions at all about the novels or assignment, please contact us by email:

Allison Pushie - apushie@nkcps.k12.va.us

Tom Nguyen - tnguyen@nkcps.k12.va.us

We will try and respond as quickly as possible!