English IV Final Project
Almost Done with High School
Poppy - Avi - 1995
This was the first novel that I was exposed to as a child that really made an impact on me. It was the first novel that I read repeatedly due to its captivating story and suspenseful nature.
White Fang - Jack London - 1906
White Fang is one of the my favorite books of all time, not only due to its story, but the way the book was written. It is written like a movie script in a sense, always changing scenes and keeping you on the edge of your seat as a reader. I can still read and enjoy it to this day.
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen - 1987
Not only was this book a great story to behold, but I could also relate as a reader. I haven't ever been trapped in the Canadian Forest with only a hatchet to survive off of, but I was a boy scout, now Eagle, that was learning the same kind of survival skills that Brian possessed throughout the book.
Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare - 1598
To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time - Robert Herrick - 1648
And this same flower that smiles today, To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,And nearer he's to setting.
That age is best which is the first, When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst, Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,And, while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime, You may forever tarry."
This poem, written in the carpe diem theme, is about grasping opportunity while in youth to marry and bear children. It wants the subjects in the poem, and the readers to "seize the day" and make much of their time by having sexual relations.
This was my favorite text from the carpe diem theme that we read about in English IV.
19 Minutes - Jodi Picoult - 2007
This book struck a chord in my soul, not only helping me understand events such as a Columbine and Virginia Tech, but it also changed my attitude towards people. I was decidedly more positive and in tune with others after reading this book in an effort to prevent people from feeling bad about themselves.
All Quiet On the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque - 1928
This is another book that really attacked my emotions, as at the time of reading I realized I wasn't far from the age of Paul and his comrads when they first left for combat. Due to its raw nature, it also helped me realize just how devastating wars can be.
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - 1850
This book was one of the most important that I read in English III due to the heavy symbolism throughout the story. This book really helped me progress in the analysis of reading text.
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1925
Written well by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this book is one of the few that I didn't have as much of a connection to, but I respect it for its historical context. A very important text in history, the Great Gatsby is a must read at one point in someone's life.
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 1818
This was one of my favorite stories that we read directly in a high school class. It was cool to read about Frankenstein's monster and watch the progression of what Frankenstein has become today. Definitely one of the better stories I have read in high school.
The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs - 1902
This is my favorite short story from English class.The abnormality drew me in as a reader as this short story really separates itself from the others. The odd nature of The Monkey's Paw helped build suspense in the story and created a sense of tension that I as a reader enjoyed.