4th Form Summer Assignment
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Fourth Form Summer Reading and Writing Assignments
As a Fourth Former, you are required to read Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane. This book can be purchased through online book vendors such as amazon.com, or at a local bookstore. You are also required to complete the writing assignment presented below and to be prepared to discuss Kaffir Boy in September when you come to school.
Before you begin reading this book, review the writing assignment below. Keep this assignment in mind while you read, and underline or note relevant passages in the book that may be helpful to you. Bring the completed assignment and the book with you to school in September. The writing assignment will be collected and graded. We will also be referring to the book extensively during the first weeks of classes and periodically throughout the rest of the year.
Our theme in the Fourth Form year is the quest or journey as one goes through the stages of self-discovery and coming of age. We approach this theme by (a) asking each of you to look at yourself, to examine your own personal and academic goals, and to undertake the journey to reach those goals, and (b) studying the individual within different communities, learning about the role and impact of society on the individual and of the individual on society. Sometimes, it is easier to look at others first, then ourselves. So, our summer assignments ask you to start thinking about this by looking at the real-life story of Mark Mathabane in apartheid South Africa. To help you, we use an analytical model we refer to as "The Four Stages of the Hero's Journey." The Four Stages are:
- The beginning where one starts the journey or quest, often characterized by innocence, lack of knowledge or experience ("Innocence")
- An event or some occurrence that triggers the search for knowledge, experience, truth, and/or faith, and the search that follows ("Search for Knowledge")
- A challenge that tests the knowledge, experience, truth, or faith that has been acquired as part of the journey ("Test" or "Challenge")
- A determination as to whether the individual succeeds or fails. Does he successfully meet this challenge and become a hero, or does he fail and either (a) engage in selfish exploitation of the knowledge and truth gained throughout the journey, or (b) give up? ("Success" or "Failure")
In a well-written, properly constructed, two page essay, apply the Four Stages of the Hero's Journey to Mark Mathabane in Kaffir Boy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Fourth Form Dean, Ms. Nancy Lyon at lyonn [at] southkentschool.org.