Quarter 2 Independent Reading Choices Presented in order of comprehension difficulty… NOT PAGE LENGTH
Winston Smith is a low-ranking member of the ruling Party in London, in the nation of Oceania. Everywhere Winston goes, even his own home, the Party watches him through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees the face of the Party’s seemingly omniscient leader, a figure known only as Big Brother. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even the people’s history and language. Currently, the Party is forcing the implementation of an invented language called Newspeak, which attempts to prevent political rebellion by eliminating all words related to it. Even thinking rebellious thoughts is illegal. Such thoughtcrime is, in fact, the worst of all crimes… 1984 Are you a fan of dystopias?
The news that a wealthy young gentleman named Charles Bingley has rented the manor of Netherfield Park causes a great stir in the nearby village of Longbourn, especially in the Bennet household. The Bennets have five unmarried daughters—from oldest to youngest, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennet is desperate to see them all married… Pride and Prejudice A lover of period films and romance?
Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Life of Pi Do you love discussing religion? The strength of man? Survival?
The story of Anthem takes place in some unspecified future time and place in which freedom and individual rights have been obliterated. Collectivism — the political philosophy holding that an individual exists solely to serve the state — is dominant and has led to the establishment of a global dictatorship of the Fascist or Communist variety. Equality 7-2521 is a Street Sweeper of the city, having been chosen for this profession by the Council of Vocations. However, he has always been fascinated by the phenomena of nature and can't help but wonder what power of the sky causes lightning and how it can be harnessed to human benefit. Because of his fascination with the Science of Things, he secretly desires to be sent to the Home of the Scholars… Into futuristic novels? Deep discussions about free will? Anthem
Stay true to YOU! While a shorter book length may seem appealing try to select the novel that most genuinely interests you! • Keep the end goals in mind: • You will read, annotate, and complete an analysis chart on this book throughout Q2 (see guidelines for detailed directions) • You will return to Q3 with a test on the book of your choice • You will complete a group project focusing on your book of choice 10/25 (THURSDAY): BE PRESENT and PREPARED with your top 3 choices (there will be a limit on how many students can read a novel- so please wait until you are assigned your book before you purchase anything!) The Choice is Yours!
On BLOCK DAYS NOVEMBER 6thor NOVEMBER 7th you must bring either a receipt- or your actual copy of your assigned book to class for CREDIT! • See me (IN ADVANCE) if you cannot get the book you were assigned and I will help! Proof of Book Purchase!