Summer Reading 2017

Summer Reading 2017

The Academy of Holy Angels has summer reading assignments for every student. Here are the summer reading requirements for 2017.

ALL GRADES AND LEVELS:  Feel free to use any of these graphic organizers to record the information about your book to help to study for the test or write your essay.

Check below for the class name that you are enrolled in for the 17-18 school year to get your summer reading assignments. There are 2 different classes for each grade level. 

Ninth Grade Summer Reading 

English 9 students are required to read two books this summer.

The first book must be chosen from the list below. Students will be tested on this book the first day of school.

The second book is To Kill a Mockingbird  (copy of the book is available in the Main Office at school during school hours/office hours over the summer, or you may acquire your own copy)

You need to bring a copy of both books to school on the first day.

Book List (test on first day of school) —group discussion with other readers of the book. There is a graphic organizer available for those who might benefit from taking notes while reading.  This may help you review for the test.

Fiction

  • Foul Trouble by John Feinstein
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
  • Maisie Dobbs (Book One) by Jacqueline Winspear

Nonfiction

  • Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  • Falling Through Clouds by Damian Fowler
  • Bad Boy:  A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
  • Neither Wolf nor Dog by Kent Nerbum

To Kill a Mockingbird 

Requirements:

  1. Must come in with the completed study guide packet filled in by hand (not typed)  for the novel. 
  2. After few days of in-class discussion, students will be taking a 50 point test on the book and the background information given in class.

Here is the study guide and the rest of this information in a printable form.

 

Advanced Ninth Grade Summer Reading

Students taking Advanced English 9 in the fall must read three books during the previous summer. 

Book #1, for all Advanced English 9 students, is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  You will be given a teacher-directed assessment of this book when school starts.  Please complete the To Kill a Mockingbird study guide (pages 2-13 of the document below) to prepare for this assessment.

Book #2 – Choose any book from the list below and complete the summer reading worksheet assignment (pages 13-14 of the document below).  A printed copy of this assignment must be turned in to the teacher on the first day of school.

Book #3 – Choose another book from the list below.  An in-class essay will be given on the first day of school for this book.

Advanced English 9 book list (choose any two, as described above)

Nonfiction

  • Bad Boy:  A Memoir              Walter Dean Myers        Autobiography, 2002
  • The Other Side of the River    Alex Kotlowitz                Racism, 1999
  • Neither Wolf nor Dog             Kent Nerburn                 Native American, 2002
  • No Excuses               Derrick Coleman Jr.                Autobiography, 2015

Fiction

  • A Northern Light      Jennifer Donnelly
  • Orphan Train           Christina Baker Kline
  • Code Talker            Joseph Bruchac
  • Maisie Dobbs (Book 1)         Jacqueline Winspear
  • Foul Trouble            John Feinstein

Here is the study guide and the rest of this information in a printable form.

 

Tenth Grade Summer Reading

Students taking English 10 in the fall must read two books during the previous summer. 

Choose one book from the Book List below. For your Book List choice, you will have a test on the first day of school.

Your second book is your Personal Choice. For your Personal Choice book, you will have in in-class written assessment on the first day of school. If you can, bring a copy of the book to class that day. 

Book List (test on first day of school)

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time     Mark Haddon
  • The Genesis Code        John Case
  • The Color of Water       James McBride                                                                                  
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings          Maya Angelou
  • The Lords of Discipline (mature content)       Pat Conroy

Personal Choice (in-class written assessment on the first day of school)
You may choose your second book yourself, but it must meet the following criteria:

  1. Age-appropriate
  2. 175 pages or more
  3. No movie exists for this book

Advanced Tenth Grade Summer Reading

Students taking Advanced English 10 in the fall must read three books during summer 2016. 

Required books #1 and #2, for all Advanced English 10 students, are the following:

  • Grendel by John Gardner (copies in Library) 
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 

You will complete two essays during trimester one on the above books.

***Book #3 – Choose any book from the list below and complete the AE10 summer writing assignment (page 2 of this document).  A paper copy of this assignment must be turned into the teacher on the first day of school. Your teacher will provide  turnitin.com information on the first day of school.

***If you are transferring into AE10, please contact Ms. Hocks at dhocks@ahastars.org about make-up books from AE 9. ***If you are transferring in to AE10 you are required to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding as your Book #3 choice and complete the writing assignment below.

Advanced English 10 book list for Book #3 choice (assignment below)

  • Pride and Prejudice                                                      Jane Austen (copies of books available) 
  • Wuthering Heights                                                         Emily Bronte 
  • 1984                                                                                 George Orwell
  • Gulliver’s Travels                                                          Jonathan Swift 
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde           Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes                           Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
  • Robinson Crusoe                                                            Daniel Defoe 
  • Moll Flanders                                                                 Daniel Defoe 
  • And Then There Were None                                          Agatha Christie
  • Murder on the Orient Express                                     Agatha Christie
  • Rebecca                                                                           Daphne du Maurier
  • Evelina                                                                             Fanny Burney
  • Ivanhoe                                                                            Sir Walter Scott
  • The Time Machine                                                          H.G. Wells
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles                                              Thomas Hardy

Get the writing assignment and the rest of this information in a printable form.

 

Eleventh Grade Summer Reading

Students taking English 11 in the fall must read two books during the summer or select the optional book

1. BOOK 1: Choose one book from Book List 1 below. For your Book List 1 choice, you will have a test on the first day of school.

  • The Underground Railroad                 Colson Whitehead
  • Into Thin Air              Jon Krakauer
  • Pigs in Heaven           Barbara Kingsolver
  • Nickel and Dimed       Barbara Ehrenreich
  • The Hot Zone             Richard Preston
  • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry     Gabrielle Zevin
  • News of the World           Paulette Jiles
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn                Mark Twain 

- AND-

2. BOOK 2: Your second book is from Book List 2 below. For your Book List 2 choice, you will have an in-class written assessment on the second or third day of school. 

  • The Jungle                                    Upton Sinclair                                    
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God          Zora Neal Hurston
  • Slaughterhouse Five                        Kurt Vonnegut
  • Native Son                                   Richard Wright
  • Hunger of Memory                          Richard Rodriguez
  • On the Road                                 Jack Kerouac
  • The Invention of Wings                   Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Nightingale                              Kristin Hannah
  • Main Street                                    Sinclair Lewis
  • The Plague of Doves                        Louise Erdrich
  • The Good Earth                              Pearl S. Buck
  • The Last of the Mohicans                  James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife                    Amy Tan

 -OR-

 3. Optional Book (This choice replaces both Book 1 & Book 2 choices listed above.)

Students may read Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck if they fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Sign out the book from your English teacher in June.  
  2. Turn in the book on the first day of school.
  3. Take a quiz on the first day of school.
  4. Take an in-class writing assessment on the second or third day of school.

Get the Grapes of Wrath study guide

Advanced Placement Language and Composition Summer Reading        

  • Must read the required selection, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and be ready to discuss and use in an essay in the fall. (book handed out in May)
  • Must choose a biography or autobiography of a political, historical, or literary figure of your own choice.   You will be doing a power point project with the non-fiction when you return in the fall.
  • Must choose one from the list below and use the individual assessment given here for list book. 

Thus three readings and one writing piece are due the first day of school.

AP  Language and Composition                                                     

  • The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead                                                 
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God- Zora Neal Hurston
  • Slaughterhouse Five  -Kurt Vonnegut
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • Hunger of Memory- Richard Rodriguez
  • On the Road—Jack Kerouac
  • The Invention of Wings –Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah
  • Main Street -Sinclair Lewis
  • The Plague of Doves-Louise Erdrich
  • The Good Earth—Pearl S. Buck
  • The Last of the Mohicans- James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife- Amy Tan
  • Flight of the Sparrow-- Amy Belding Brown

 

One of your requirements for AP Lang  is to read a book from the list and analyze it. You may choose any three elements of fiction from the list below and write a paragraph on each element explaining how that element exists in your chosen work.  Each double spaced paragraph should include a topic sentence and a concluding sentence, should be written in third person and present tense, should include specific examples and quotes with page numbers from the novel.  The elements you may choose from are

  • Theme                        
  • Symbolism                  
  • Irony (dramatic, situational, verbal)                
  • Structure (flashback, chronological)          
  • Imagery          
  • Setting
  • Metaphors                   
  • Similes                        
  • Analogies        
  • Satire
  • Point of View             
  • Style (sentence structure, word choice)
  • Character Development                                              
  • Foreshadowing
  • Parallel ideas to other books/characters from English curriculum                               

Turnitin.com - must submit in the fall

Include at least 3 direct quotations (descriptions or actual dialogue) from the book that you cite with the page number followed by a semi-colon, chapter abbreviation followed by a period and chapter number in parentheses.  Final punctuation for the sentence goes after the second parenthesis. For example: 

Lou Ann says, “If Mama ever got married again I’d dance a jig at her wedding" (111; ch. 8).

Add a Work Citedpage (center the words Work Cited at the top) with the following information punctuated as follows: 

How to Cite a Book in Print in MLA 8
Notes: *Only include the city of publication if the book was printed prior to 1900, has versions that differ in one country than another, or if it is a rare book.
*Exception to the rule: If citing a book that was translated from another language and the focus of your work is on the translation, use the translator's name in place of the author's. Scroll down below to see an example

Examples of how to cite a book in print in MLA 8:
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. Katherine Tegen. Books, 2011.

Example of a citation for an e-book found on an e-reader in MLA 8:
Doer, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See. Kindle ed., Scribner, 2014.

Examples of how to cite an e-book in MLA 8:
Austen, Jane, and Seth Grahame-Smith. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quirk, 2015. Google Books, books.google.com/books?id=x5xPaPeZzmUC&lpg=PP1&dq=zombies&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=zombies&f=false.

 

Twelfth Grade Summer Reading

Students taking English 12 in the fall must read two books during the previous summer. 

Choose one book from the list below:

For your list book, you will have a test on the first day of school.

List :                                                                                          

  • The Rent Collector                    Camron Wright
  • A Man Called Ove                      Fredrick Backman
  • All the Light You Cannot See       Anthony Doerr
  • Brave New World                      Aldous Huxley
  • City of Thieves                         David Benioff
  • Unbroken                                Laura Hillenbrand  (Note: this has been made into a movie; we’ll be testing on the book.)

Your second book can be a book of your choice. It needs to be a minimum of 200 pages and not have a movie made from it. Do not pick a book from a past AHA reading list. During the first week of school, you will be assigned an in-class writing assignment.  You will need to know the title and author of the book for your in–class writing assignment.  If you can, bring a copy of the book to class that day.

For both books, we would suggest taking notes on characters and main events to help you remember them at the start of school. A graphic organizer is included if you would like to use it as you read.

Here are some suggestions if you don’t have any books in mind for your choice:

  • Interpreter of Maladies                                            Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Three Cups of Tea                                                 Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Little Bee                                                            Chris Cleave
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman   Jon Krakauer
  • The True Story of Hansel and Gretel                           Louise Murphy
  • Station 11                                                            Emily St. John Mandel

 

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Summer Reading

Students taking AP English Literature & Composition in the fall must read three books during the previous summer. 

Book #1, for all AP English 12 students, is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Book #2 -Choose any book from the list below.
Book #3 – Read a book of your own choosing that fits the rigor of a college course. It should not be a movie. Complete the summer writing assignment below (p. 2 of this document) on this book of choice. I will collect a print copy of the assignment on the first day of school.

On the first day of school, you need to have read all three books, and to have completed the writing assignment on your book of choice (#3).  I recommend reading Things Fall Apart close to the beginning of school.

AP English Literature and Composition book list for Book #2 choice

  • Stones from the River    Ursula Hegi
  • Catch 22 (M)     Joseph Heller
  • The Poisonwood Bible     Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany    John Irving
  • The Handmaid’s Tale         Margaret Atwood

(M) indicates mature content

For Book #3 (your choice), complete one of the assignments below, for fiction or non-fiction.  I will ask you to submit to turnitin.com on the first day of school.

If you read a work of fiction, you may choose any three elements of fiction from the list below and write a paragraph on each element explaining how that element exists in your chosen work.  Each double-spaced paragraph should include a topic sentence and a concluding sentence, should be written in third person and present tense, and should include specific examples and quotes with page numbers from the novel.  The elements you may choose from include:

Theme, Symbolism, Irony (dramatic, situational, verbal), Imagery, Structure (flashback, chronological), Setting, Metaphors,  Similes, Analogies, Satire, Point of View, Foreshadowing, Style (sentence structure, word choice),  Character Development, Parallel ideas to other books/characters from the English curriculum

If you read a work of nonfiction, you may choose three of the questions from the list below and write a paragraph on each.

  • What was the purpose of the book, and in what way did the author achieve this or not?
  • What did you expect to find in the book that was not there?  Explain.
  • How is the book different from other books on the same or a similar subject?
  • What facts or ideas did you learn that were new to you or interesting?  Explain.
  • To what extent is the book factual and to what extent does it express the author's voice, opinions or point of view?
  • Analyze the style in some of these terms: vocabulary, level of difficulty, clarity, tone (serious/humorous, formal/relaxed, controversial/predictable), use of conversation, use of descriptive detail.

Include at least 2 direct quotations (descriptions or actual dialogue) from the book that you cite with the page number followed by a semi-colon, chapter abbreviation followed by a period and chapter number in parentheses.  Final punctuation for the sentence goes after the second parenthesis. For example: 

Lou Ann says, “If Mama ever got married again I’d dance a jig at her wedding" (111; ch. 8).

Add a Works Cited page (center the words Works Cited at the top) with the following information punctuated as follows: 

Author’s last name. first name. title (underlined or in italics).  City of publication: Publishing company, date of publication.  The first line begins at the left margin and goes to the right margin.  A second line is indented 5 spaces and double-spaced. For example:

Kingsolver, Barbara.  The Bean Trees.  New York:  Harper & Row, 1988.

 

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