Please read and annotate the attached packets of poems and short stories as your summer assignment. I've attached two handouts on poetic terms and things to consider when reading a poem to help you. Avoid using Sparknotes, Shmoop, Genius, etc. If you don't understand something, make a note of it instead. I'd rather you draw your own conclusions and wild guesses than be influenced by someone else's (who may or may not be right). Ask questions, scribble "WTF???" in the margins, doodle a confused lobster in a fedora and monocle who is somewhat flustered at his hotel reservation being lost, whatever it takes.
I chose these poems and stories to make you think (and spent far longer than I should have putting it together... seriously, the combined total has to be close to 10 hours). I care about your questions, not general consensuses and definite answers. If you don't get what the story/poem means, tell me how/what it makes you feel.
Please export these packets to OneNote and annotate there. In a perfect world, I would prefer to see these printed out; however, it is a considerable amount of paper and I understand it's probably not feasible. If you can't access your OneNote and printing isn't an option, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll help you find a solution. Please do not show up on the first day telling me "well, I couldn't print it and my email and wifi were mysteriously broken all summer (even though my Insta game is top-notch and my Snapchat streak managed to thrive), but don't worry, I totally read it." Yeah. Sure, you did.
Alternately, please do not arrive with nothing but question marks and "WTF" all over the page. A few "WTF"s are fine, but let's be real: even if you don't get it, you can still think some part of it is cool, spooky, unexpected, or interesting. Yes, I am going to check it and I will have a rubric posted shortly. Enjoy!