First of all, congratulations on heading into your final year of high school. As I’m sure you know, classes begin Monday, which means we begin working Monday, as in right away, young padawan learners.
Here are some things you should be thinking about:
1. If you watched “Animal Farm” the movie, you haven’t done your assignment which is due on Monday. It’s a film, not the book. That simply means it’s not nearly as good because it cannot offer your what the book can–thought.
2. If you read Animal Farm in 9th grade and didn’t re-read it this summer, you haven’t done your assignment, either.
Basically, there is no substitute for reading for the first time or re-reading the book. The great part about literature is it artistically represents who we are as people, revealing both our greatest triumphs and failures as humans, plus everything in between. As we grow, our perspective on reading a book inevitably changes and alters, which gives us the opportunity to learn something new about both the literature and ourselves. Please make sure that you have your assignment completed by Monday, September 9th.
I have already posted the syllabus for the course. If you haven’t received or looked at your summer assignment, it can be found in my archives.
I am looking forward to working with you all.
“People care more about what is respected than what is respectable.”–Henry David Thoreau