Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2019-2020

Freshman & Transfer Student Letter

 


 

ALL students must read and annotate two books this summer.

Students will be required to make one annotation per page of the novel.  For this reason, these books must be purchased.  Teachers will randomly choose pages to check for annotations and the response will be graded based on a rubric reflecting the requirements listed below.

ANNOTATION: Analyze + Note= anNOTEtation (underline AND comment – no highlighting without an accompanying comment!)

As you work with your text, consider all of the ways that you can connect with what you are reading. Here are some suggestions that will help you with your annotations: ♣ Define words or slang; make the words real with examples from your experiences; explore why the author would have used a particular word or phrase. ♣ Make connections to other parts of the book. Mark quotes and note why they are important ♣ Make connections to other texts you have read or seen, including: o Movies o Comic books/graphic novels o News events o Other books, stories, plays, songs, or poems ♣ Draw a picture when a visual connection is appropriate. ♣ Re-write, paraphrase, or summarize a particularly difficult passage or moment. ♣ Make meaningful connections to your own life experiences. ♣ Describe a new perspective you may now have. ♣ Explain the historical context or traditions/social customs that are used in the passage. ♣ Offer an analysis or interpretation of what is happening in the text. ♣ Point out and discuss literary techniques that the author is using.

If you are stuck, consider completing the sentences below in the margins of your pages:

  • This interests me because…
  • This reminds me of…
  • This shocks me because…
  • This disgusts/upsets me because…
  • This confuses me because…
  • This inspires me because…
  • I can relate to this because…
  • This line really impacts me because…
  • This part of the book will stay with me because…

There are no exceptions to the summer reading program. If a student has transferred after August 1, it is the student‘s responsibility to make arrangements for the completion of the assignments with his/her English teacher. If those who transfer after August 1 have not completed the summer reading by halfway through the first quarter, the assignments will be given zeros. If there are any questions, please contact the school or a teacher in the English department.

 


 

Grade 9                College Prep English 1 and Advanced English 1

Required Book 1:The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Required Book 2: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

 

Grade 9-10:        General American Literature and Composition

Required Book 1:             Holes by Louis Sachar

Required Book 2:             The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 

Grade 10              College Prep American Literature and Advanced American Literature

PICK ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:                 Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Book 2:                 The Martian by Andy Weir

Book 3:                 Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Book 4:                 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book 5:                 I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

 

Grade 11  College Prep British Literature ;  Advanced British Literature ; AP Language and Composition

PICK ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1: 1984 by George Orwell

Book 2: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book 3: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Book 4: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Book 5:  Dracula by Bram Stoker

 

Grade 12  College Prep World Literature ;  Advanced World Literature

PICK ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Book 2: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Book 3: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book 4: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book 5: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

 

Grade 12  AP Literature and Composition

PICK ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book 2: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book 3: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Book 4: 1984 by George Orwell

Book 5: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book 6: The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Book 7: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Book 8:  Dracula by Bram Stoker

 


 

Contact information:

Mrs. Lori Cassidy
English Department Chair
lorijanecassidy4@gmail.com
Nativity BVM High School (570) 622-8110