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Summer Reading 2016

Summer Reading 2016

Grades 9-12 Summer Reading

Note: If for any reason a parent feels a book/novel is inappropriate for his son/daughter, please contact the teacher for an alternative reading assignment.

Suggested Reading for Parents:

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College by Sally P. Springer and Marion R. Franck

The authors explain college applications, what admission counselors look for, how to prepare for the new tests, how to put together an application package, early admissions, and financial aid. Sample application forms and recommendation letters are included.

PTA Book Fair

9th Grade

Recommended Reading (no requirement)

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Sports Fiction

T.J. Jones is a mixed race high school athlete. He heads a swim team and recruits some unlikely athletes. Subplots deal with racism, child abuse, adoption, prejudices, bullying, a father dealing with a past tragedy, gun violence and death.

Profanity

An ALA Notable Book

Washington State Book Award

California Recommended Reading

Entering 9th Grade Honors (Required)

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Sports Fiction

T.J. Jones is a mixed race high school athlete. He heads a swim team and recruits some unlikely athletes. Subplots deal with racism, child abuse, adoption, prejudices, bullying, a father dealing with a past tragedy, gun violence and death.

Profanity

An ALA Notable Book

Washington State Book Award

California Recommended Reading

Entering 10th Grade

Recommended Reading (no requirement)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Historical Fiction

Death narrates the story set in a Nazi Germany town during and after World War Two.

The Association of Jewish Libraries Inaugural Teen Book Award

The Jewish National Book Award

Entering 10 Grade Honors (Required)

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Required)

Historical Fiction

Death narrates the story set in a Nazi Germany town during and after World War Two.

The Association of Jewish Libraries Inaugural Teen Book Award

The Jewish National Book Award



Entering 11th Grade

Recommended Reading (no requirement)

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Sustained by the hope of someday owning a farm of their own, two migrant laborers arrive to work on a ranch in central California.

Entering 11th Grade Honors (Required)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.



Entering 12th Grade

Recommended Reading (no requirement)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag’s book-burning fireman in a futuristic American city’s mission is not to extinguish fires, but to light them.  This role  reversal is not the only difference between present-day society and the world in which Montag lives.  Montag evolves from a compliant  member of a pleasure seeking, mind-controlled society into a reader who begins to question  his government’s motives, to a rebel forced to act upon his sense of morality.



AP English Language and Composition (Required)

 

"Turning the Tide" by Richard Weissbourg

http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/20160120_mcc_ttt_report_interactive.pdf?m=1453303517

 

Contemporary Colleges and Universities by Joseph L. DeVitis (editor)

Today’s colleges and universities face countless uncharted challenges and possibilities. Presenting multiple perspectives on a wide array of crucial issues, the book features realistic representations of students, faculty, curriculum, administration, and the socio-cultural conditions that shape higher education.  Read Part One - Students: In and Out of the Classroom (Preface - Chapter 8)

See Moodle.

Email Dr. Gen if you have questions.



AP Literature (Both required)

See AP Lit Assignment

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly – Victor Frankenstein’s experiment to create life from death is a cautionary tale warning of the dangers that can arise from experimental science. Written 1818, this novel is “well known”, but misunderstood. Ultimately, who is the “monster”?

 

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines – In a small Southern town before the Civil Rights movement, Jefferson is arrested for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  At his trial for murder he is called a “hog” in court and found guilty.  How can he prove that he is a man before he is executed?