Summer Reading 2018

Grade 9 Summer Reading Texts 

Incoming freshmen will choose one of six different books that explore the "Coming of Age" theme. From popular young adult to rigorous non-fiction, each of these texts prompt readers to think critically about the experience of shifting from youth to maturity and gaining self awareness. As students embarking on their first high school experience, this theme is particularly relevant. The summer reading books serve as an introduction to the modes of deep self discovery students will discuss when reading the core texts for freshman English: To Kill a Mockingbird, The House on Mango Street, Lord of the Flies, and Romeo and Juliet

 

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger
Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
I am Malala by Malala Yousefzai
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

 

Grade 10 Summer Reading Texts

Incoming sophomores have six different mysteries to choose from for their summer reading novel. The Introduction to Literature II curriculum centers on varied perspectives, and many of those texts are presented through first person narration. The mystery genre will serve as an accessible introduction to the question of reliable narration while also offering compelling stories. This selection of summer reading titles includes an autistic teen, a famous 19th-century Belgian detective, a quick-witted Punjabi investigator, and other lovable characters. Plots range from a traditional “whodunit” to a more nuanced examination of culture delivered through the tale of a mass murderer.

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Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

 

Grade 11 Summer Reading Texts

With the junior summer reading titles we aimed to find some styles that have not found a home in our American Literature class. These books include four non-fiction titles, including what might be the lone book in our four years that you might properly classify as comedy. Our two fiction titles feature two of the most distinct American voices of the last 100 years. The poetry selection is critically acclaimed both for its innovative style and its critical content.

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Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Citizen by Claudine Rankine
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

NOTE: Students taking AP Language and Composition should complete the assignment presented at the summer reading meeting in June.

Grade 12 Summer Reading Texts

Seniors have the choice between a dystopian text, a classic Victorian novel,  or a music-infused modern romance. Among our four dystopias, we’ve chosen two classic and two contemporary stories. Each will help students develop an understanding of the topics covered in British Literature - ranging from oppressive systems to satirical voice.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Beach by Alex Garland
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

NOTE: Students taking AP Literature and Composition have a different assignment. This work was reviewed at the AP Literature and Composition summer reading meeting. Please contact the instructor with questions.

Grade 9 Summer Reading Assignment

Students must read their chosen text carefully by Thursday, September 6th. On that day, students will complete an in-class short writing assignment.  Students will be given a series of different topics and asked to explore one of them in a well-developed paragraph. In that response, students will be required to provide at least three distinctly different moments from the story to support their points. These moments should not be from the same general section of the book.

In addition to this paragraph, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

 

Grade 10 Summer Reading Assignment

Students should complete their chosen text before Thursday, September 6th; they will write a short response during class that day. Students will be given a series of different topics and asked to explore one of them in a well-developed paragraph. In that response, students will need to open with a strong topic sentence, one that is arguable and provable, and defend it with at least three “P.I.E.” supports. Student writing should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grade nine.

In addition to this paragraph, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

 

Grade 11 Summer Reading Assignment

Students will complete an in-class writing assignment exploring the content of the summer reading book. After reviewing a list of different topics, students will choose one to explore in their writing. These essays should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grades 9 and 10.

In addition to this essay, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

 

Grade 12 Summer Reading Assignments

Students will complete an in-class writing assignment exploring the content of the summer reading book. After reviewing a list of different topics, students will choose one to explore in their writing. These essays should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grades 9, 10, and 11.

In addition to this essay, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.