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Attention all Von Students:

Below is a list of course with mandatory summer homework, please check your course schedule and see if you have any homework to complete, then email your teacher with any follow up questions!




Ms. Arendt

Mr. Trinter







For this assignment, you will read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

    • This mystery novel can be obtained and read as either as a print-text 

      • New and used copies are available for purchase on Amazon, or a copy may be obtained from your local public library (Don’t wait to get your copy of the novel!)

  • During or after your reading, you will compose and later submit to your English teacher THREE (3), separate and concise (300 words max) written analysis featuring your critical reading skills. 

  • Additionally, you will create TWO (2)  original works of art demonstrating inferences you’ve made about how our narrator’s mind processes information and another piece which introduces you and your brain’s functioning to your soon-to-be classmates.

  • These FIVE (5) assignments will be due in your English class on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

  • Please be sure to address any questions you have to your teacher directly:

    • Scholars English I Teachers are Ms. A. Arendt, Mr. R. Howell & Mr. S. Trinter



Effective readers and writers will…

• analyze an author’s strategies and purpose in the construction and development of a central idea

• draw connections to and author’s ideas by comparing
them to personal experiences or larger, real-world  situations and conflicts
• communicate their ideas clearly, for a variety of audiences, and for different purposes

Effective critical reader responses and artworks will…

• Accurately address a prompt, question, or situation clearly and concisely (Written Analysis)
• Sequence claims, evidence, and analysis in a sustained and seamless manner (Written Analysis)
• Adhere to English language conventions and utilize MLA formatting and citation style (Written Analysis)
• Creatively capture and articulate ideas or concepts related to the notion of identity (ARTWORK)


In order to complete this assignment correctly, you will need to become familiar with two terms: MICROCOSM and MACROCOSM.



Similar to the word microscope, a MICROCOSM is a small representation of something much larger. The word itself means “Small World.”

  • When you think of this word, picture a snow globe, a diorama, or a model
    airplane with tiny figurines and structures. In each of these items, the
    miniature figures are supposed to represent the features of real people,
    places, or things.

  • Another way to think about the word MICROCOSM would be to imagine
    a single apartment within a larger apartment complex, or a state within a
    larger United States, or a country within a larger world, or a world within
    a vast universe.

When we describe the larger settings, situations, or events surrounding a
microcosm we are now talking about a MACROCOSM. This word is
interesting because it’s describing the universe and everything inside of
it, including all the microcosms that make it up.

  • Microcosm: tree, Macrocosm: forest

  • Microcosm: a single brushstroke,

  • Macrocosm: a whole painting

  • Microcosm: a tiny speck of dust,

  • Macrocosm: the entire universe and
    everything in it



STEP 1. Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time by Mark Haddon (new and used copies are available for purchase on Amazon, or a copy may be obtained from your local public library) 

STEP 2. Create THREE (3) separate written responses to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Each entry should be no longer than 300 words max., so focus only on how the scene you selected reveals Christopher’s mind and personality.

MACROCOSM: As you read the entire novel, keep in mind the following “big” or “macro” question: IN GENERAL, what does the audience or reader learn about how Christopher Boone’s mind and personality work as the novel unfolds?  (Thinking about this IN GENERAL will come in handy when you have to think about the SPECIFIC moments you’ve selected for your three (3) written analysis.

MICROCOSM: Once you have read the entire novel, select THREE (3) out of the following five (5) “microcosmic” moments from the text AND answer the “macrocosmic” question (in the box to the left): How EXACTLY does THIS SPECIFIC MOMENT or SCENE reveal Christopher’s mind and personality?”


NOTE: Be sure to format your document by following the guidelines illustrated at the end of this task sheet.

Microcosm A  

Begins with “And she said….” at the top of the page ending with… “So I left” at the bottom (40 - 41).

Microcosm B

Begins with "There are some bits of the story I don’t like ” and ends with “...and I will win” (71-73).

Microcosm C  

Begins with "That is why I don’t like new places” and ends with “...outside number 35 ” (140).

Microcosm D  

Begins with "And when I was asleep... ” and ends with “... very shy and rare” (198-199).

Microcosm E  

The novel’s Appendix 223-226.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  THE PAGE NUMBERS LISTED IN THE WRITING ASSIGNMENT ALIGN WITH THE 2004 EDITION OF THE NOVEL. (Please be aware there may be slight differences between different editions of the novel, so look to the text prompts to guide you.)

STEP 3. Capture Christopher Boone’s mind through art.
Select one of the “microcosmic” moments or any scene you liked the most from the novel, and create a piece of art illustrating how you believe our protagonist’s mind interprets information.

  • Your artwork may take any form of art you like, but you need to be the author. It may be a photograph, a photo essay, a collage, a poster, a video, a painting, a piece of music… the sky’s the limit;let your imagination run wild! Whatever it is, it needs to be visible and/or audible from five (5) feet away.

STEP 4. Create a piece of artwork that introduces YOU and YOUR MIND.
Some questions to get you thinking about your final product:

  • Who are you as a thinker, as a Scholar, and/or as an individual? What does your own microcosm looks like? How does your microcosm fit within the macrocosm of our school, our city, our country, our world, or our universe?

  • Here at Von, we welcome everybody and embrace everyone’s uniqueness: nerdy, comical, gay, straight, quiet, coy, loud, anxious, calm, sad, happy.... Whoever you are, remember—there is no one else like you. 

  • Again, your artwork may take any form of art you like, but you need to be the author. It may be a photograph, a photo essay, a collage, a poster, a video, a painting, a piece of music, etc. Whatever it is, it needs to be visible and/or audible from five (5) feet away.


Although the Modern Language Association (MLA, for short) has created extensive guidelines for formatting and citing sources, for the purposes of this assignment, we will only work on our documents’ visual formatting.

See the image below for some tips. 

For extensive detail, visit https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

FINALLY, be sure to check your work!  

Use this checklist to make sure you have formatted your document correctly:

___   All text is Times New Roman, Size 12
___   Header (names/date) on first page only
___   Page Numbers on every page with writer’s last name
___   Body text is double-spaced and not centered or fully justified
___   No bold text whatsoever
___   Original Title for Paper, centered and on first page