Scarlet Letter

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Freshman Summer Reading
Required Reading:
Shane by Jack Schaefer (This book will be read first in Literary Traditions I.)
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Gods, Heroes, and Men of Ancient Greece by W.H.D. Rouse

General instructions for answers to all journal questions: After reading the books named above, each student is to prepare a journal to be handed to his English teacher on the first day of his English class. The journal must be neatly handwritten in blue or black ink—not typed—on lined loose-leaf paper and on only one side of the paper. All of the questions for each required book are to be answered in this journal. Be sure to answer thoroughly every question not only by providing the answer but also by citing and discussing several quotes and/or examples (a minimum of three) from the book to support each of your answers. Average length of each paragraph should be a minimum of 100 words (approximately one-half page or more). All responses must be written in complete sentences with close attention to all words spelled and capitalized correctly. In addition, students should avoid writing fragments and run-on sentences. When the journal is complete, each student should fasten the entire report into a binder or folder. No typed journals will ever be accepted.

Journal Questions for Required Reading
1. In the New Testament, Jesus teaches us to “love our enemies” and to “turn the other cheek” when provoked. However, Shane is viewed as a hero when he is provoked to violence. Using direct references from the text, write a minimum of two paragraphs discussing two different incidents in which Shane uses violence to achieve his goal; ask yourself, “Is Shane’s use of violence okay in these circumstances?” Then, in another paragraph, explain how Shane could have achieved the…...

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