Suggested independent reading books that are particularly good for Question 3 (Cycle 3):
- Donna Tartt’s The Secret History
- John Steinbeck East of Eden
- Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
- Toni Morrison’s Beloved
- Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
- Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
- Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
You will need to pass your book with me. I would like you to read a work of fiction that has a bit of an “epic” scope—one that is of great “literary” value that will be of particularly good use on Question 3. I have included some suggestions of books that I love that fit this category, but feel free to pick one of your own. Take note of the length of the above texts though.
For this assignment, you can either produce 100 post-it notes, or complete a Reader’s Notebook (12 extended D.J.s). In either case, I would like you to include commentary which draws from the reading strategies from the “WAYS TO ANALYZE FICTION” handout (you can find it in google docs.) You will turn in your book (with post-its) or Reader’s Notebook on January 3rd and answer a question 3 prompt in class.