Dual Credit English IV Summer Reading Assignments

Book: Eats Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.

Use a notebook to keep your assignments organized and together.

Assignment 1 – Find five (5) examples of the misuse of punctuation like the ones described by Lynne Truss. Describe where the mistake is located, what the mistake is, and how the mistake should be corrected. You can include photographs if you are able.

Assignment 2 – Write or type a page explaining how you feel about punctuation. Do you notice other people’s mistakes? If you do, what do you do about them? Do you point them out, correct them, ignore them…? How do you feel about Lynn Truss’s attitude towards punctuation?

Assignment 3 – Answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the APS?
  2. What is punctuation?
  3. To what does Truss attribute the ignorant use of punctuation?
  4. Why did Truss write this book?
  5. List all the uses for the apostrophe.
  6. What is a “stop” and what is it used for?
  7. Who is Aldus Manutius and why are they significant?
  8. What is the difference between, “No dogs please,” “No, dogs please,” and “No dogs, please.”
  9. What is an “Oxford comma”?

Assignment 4

Dedicate one page for each of the following punctuation marks. Define and list the appropriate uses for each mark: The comma, the apostrophe, the semicolon, the colon, the dash, and the quotation mark. Design this like an educational poster.


Assignment 5 – Re-write the following using correct punctuation:

  1. Martin do you like Lynns sister Charles sister or Jesus sister
  2. Its been itching for its dinner since sixfifteen
  3. Albert said Tom told me Sally is going to Paris France.
  4. I received straight As for my knowledge of the 70s 80s and 90s.
  5. Eleven woman lay in a meadow they are eating picnic sandwiches.

Assignment 6 Read and Annotate George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”

How to Annotate a Text

1. Pick up a pencil, a pen, and a post-it note pad. (You must mark on it)

2. Read everything at least twice.

The first time, read quickly to get a sense of what the text is about.

The second and subsequent times read carefully.

Mark anything that you think is:

A. confusing,

B. interesting

C. surprising, or

D. important.

Mark anything that is unfamiliar and keep going.

3. Begin to annotate.

A. Circle, underline, or stick on a post-it for important ideas andexplain their significance.


B. Mark repetitions or rhetorical signals.

C. Circle confusing words or phrases. Define from context ordictionary if possible.

D. Note passages that seem inconsistent.

E. Note passages that generate a strong positive or negativeresponse.

4. Write questions where you made annotations. These questions can be for the instructor to answer, for the class to discuss, for you to usein future writing assignments, or for you to keep as a reminder of whatyou were thinking.

5. Think about the connections between this text and other texts youhave read, information from other classes, and personal experiences.