We hope you have made the most of this well-deserved break and are now ready to work on your exam syllabus.
> In 11th grade, we will be studying 7 works (see the list below). You are strongly advised to read all the books on the syllabus for 11th grade before September.
Make sure you both read for pleasure and pay attention to plot structure, style, characterization, literary devices, themes aso. Remember that good readers ask questions before they read, as they read, and after they read. That is how a good reader knows the meaning of what he reads.
> Each unit (one unit = one work) will start with a reading test (on average about every 5 weeks, starting with The Catcher in the Rye in September). To optimize your reading experience, we are giving you the worksheet you will find at the bottom of this page (to be used for all the works). This will enable us to start working in depth very quickly and enable you to contibute to the lessons. This worksheet will be checked and possibly graded by your teacher.
You do not have to wait until you receive the paper versions of the books to start reading, as most books can be found online. Careful though, you will need the paperback version to work on the books in class, you will not be allowed to use your phones.
For the poems, just make sure you read a number of poems by each author and see how they make you feel and what you can identify about their style.
Here are the works in the order we will be studying them. Make sure you (re)read Catcher in the Rye just before you come back to school as this is the first one we will work on.
1- The Catcher in the Rye
5- Interpreter of Maladies
7- Painter of Signs
2- The Importance of Being Earnest
4- Stranger in the Village