2017 Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2017

Sixth Grade

The incoming 6th grade summer novel will be Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Assessment items will be a small quiz, a short essay, and a partner project all during the first full week of school. 

Seventh Grade

The incoming 7th grade students will read I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. Students will be assessed on 2 small writing projects (within the first two weeks), and a short test (3 weeks into the semester). 

Eighth Grade

ENG 830

Students will choose and read one of the following from the list below:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
  • Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal- The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Non-Fiction/History)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (Mystery)
  • Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (Sports)
Upon commencement of classes in the fall, students will have two weeks of in-class process work before writing a one-page theme analysis mini-essay in-class over their choice novel which will be graded using a rubric that will act as the foundation for writing rubrics for the year's coursework. 


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Freshman

ENG130, From Sentence to Novel

Mrs. Bishop and Mr. Desnoyer 

Text: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

Assignment:

Step 1: While reading Strength in What Remains, students are required to do the following:

  • For each chapter of the book, students will identify one passage of text-a section of the chapter which they will quote verbatim. The passage should be typed into a word document and the page number should be identified in the parentheses after the passage. 
  • After the passage is cited, students should write a brief commentary identifying the significance of the passage, considering why the passage is interesting or significant to understand the ideas of the book. 
Step 2: After reading Strength in What Remains, students are required to do the following:

 

  • Write a one page single spaced summary of the book and a one page single spaced response to the book. Both the summary and the response should include passages from Step 1 to illustrate the ideas and opinions expressed in the writing. 
Other Requirements: 

Students must submit each assignment on their English teacher's canvas page. No printed work will be accepted. Any work plagiarized or copied will be identified and given a "0" grade.
 

Sophomores 

The Red Badge of Courage (4)

Fahrenheit 451 (3)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (5)

Slaughterhouse Five (5)

The Joy Luck Club (4)

Step 1: While reading one of the above novels, students are required to do the following:

  • Students will find a passage of text which will be quoted verbatim. The passage will be typed into a word document and identified with the page number in parentheses. After each passage cited, students should write a brief commentary identifying the significance of the passage, considering why the passage is interesting or significant to the understanding of the ideas of the novel. 
  • After each novel listed above, a number indicates the number of required passages. These passages should be drawn evenly from throughout the novel. 
Step 2: In addition to reading the chosen novel, students will complete the following: 

 

  • Write a one page single spaced summary of the book and one page single spaced response to the book. Both the summary and the response should include passages from Step 1 to illustrate the ideas and opinions expressed in the writing.

    All work will be due the first Monday of the school year.
     
Juniors

 

Two choices (Choose One), both by Ian McEwan: 

   Saturday (2005)   

   Nutshell (2016)

Students will be assessed with a test on the first day of school.

Summer Reading Assignment for ENG370, AP English Language and Composition

Text: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Assignment: 

Students will read the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. While reading the novel, students will identify passages of text and comment on those passages by considering the significance of those passages. Students should type the assignment as a Word document, identifying at minimum 10 passages. Each commentary must thoughtfully consider the relationship between the passage identified and the major argument of the novel. Please also provide basic context when commenting on the passage—information such as who is speaking, what is happening in the novel, and why the passage is interesting.

The final step of the assignment is to assert in 5 sentences or less the major argument of the novel.

The assignment will be submitted through Canvas. No printed work will be accepted.

Summer Reading Assignment for SST371, AP/ACC U.S. History

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph J Ellis.


Seniors

Summer Reading for both ENG470 and ENG471

All students should read ONE of the following:

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (2016, New Directions, 978-0811225137)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (2015, W.W. Norton, 978-0393350609)

The Sympathizer by Viet Tranh Nguyen (2016, Grove Press, 978-0802124944)

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic (2011, Grove Press, 978-0802145208)

Students in all sections of these classes will take a test on the book they choose to read on the first day of classes in August.