ENGLISH SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS (2020)
Literature invites us into worlds different from our own and summons us to examine and to explore our ideas and to plan our future endeavors.
Summer Reading for Senior English
Title: A Walk in Their Shoes by Jim Ziolkowski
Your study of World Literature begins with your summer reading book in which a young man trekking the globe is challenged to answer these fundamental questions. And what a life-changing journey he embarks on! You are sure to find A Walk in Their Shoes to be both compelling and enjoyable. Students will be asked to write a short in-class reaction paper in September.
Summer Reading for Junior English
Juniors may choose one of two books listed.
Title: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Your study of American Literature begins with a book beloved by generations, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. You are sure to find it to be both challenging and enjoyable. Students will be asked to write a short in-class reaction paper in September.
Title: The First Conspiracy: The Plot to Kill George Washington
This exciting, non-fiction story tells the conflict and intrigues of the American Revolution. It unravels the truth behind the secret assassination attempt on George Washington and how the plot helped create the CIA and the FBI. Students will be asked to write a short in-class reaction paper in September.
Summer Reading for Sophomore English
Sophomores may choose one of two books listed.
Title: Night by Elie Wiesel
Night a true story, tells the vivid details of Elie Wiesel's experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps in 1944-1945 at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. Students will be asked to write a short in-class reaction paper in September.
Title: Measure of A Man by Martin Greenfield
Measure of A Man, the memoir of a Holocaust survivor begins in horror and ends in triumph. Martin Greenfield's incredible life story captures the pain, fear, and desperation experienced as a teenager in the death camps of Germany. Yet, his ultimate triumph inspires both hope and faith in the resilience of mankind.
1. Taking notes will help you remember. A simple tool to help you take notes is a reading log. It helps readers think more deeply about what you have read and serves as a study guide for the summer reading.
2. Even if you annotate (take notes) in the book, do complete a reading log. The reading log enables the reader to study from a page of organized notes.
3. Finally, the assigned readings are just the introduction to what we hope will become a life-long adventure through reading often and widely.
SUGGESTED READING LOG
Describe Five Key Events:
Identify Strengths (list 4-5)
Identify Weaknesses (list 4-5)
Conflicts(list at least 4) Problems with self, others, society, nature …..
Themes: List what the writer is saying about life in general; aspects he/she is exploring.