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Summer Reading 2019

   Grades 9-12 Summer Reading  2019

 

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.

 

              Entering 9th Grade

 

Recommended Reading (no requirement)

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Native American Fiction

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot. This realistic, bittersweet, and humorous novel highlights the challenges young native people experience as they learn to balance Indian life in a modern world. Part autobiography, the story presents the complexities of coming of age, bigotry, bullies, loyalty to family and the meaning of love.

Multiculturalism

Family

Overcoming Challenges: Poverty, Racism, Alcoholism

Advisory: Thoughts and actions of a young teen and his bodily functions

OR

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Literary Fiction

An aging Cuban fisherman struggles to make his living. He hasn’t caught anything for 84 days and has lost his apprentice, Manolin. He finally catches an enormous marlin, but sharks gradually eat it as he attempts to bring it back to shore.

Pride, Friendship, Accomplishment, Struggle, Defeat, Death, Manhood








Entering 9th Grade Honors (Required)

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Native American Fiction

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot. This realistic, bittersweet, and humorous novel highlights the challenges young native people experience as they learn to balance Indian life in a modern world. Part autobiography, the story presents the complexities of coming of age, bigotry, bullies, loyalty to family and the meaning of love.

Multiculturalism

Family

Overcoming Challenges: Poverty, Racism, Alcoholism

Advisory: Thoughts and actions of a young teen and his bodily functions

OR

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Literary Fiction

An aging Cuban fisherman struggles to make his living. He hasn’t caught anything for 84 days and has lost his apprentice, Manolin. He finally catches an enormous marlin, but sharks gradually eat it as he attempts to bring it back to shore.

Pride, Friendship, Accomplishment, Struggle, Defeat, Death, Manhood







             Entering 10th Grade

 

              Recommended Reading (no requirement)

             Life of Pi by Yan Martel

Survival Fiction

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions are a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450 pound Bengal tiger.








Entering 10 Grade Honors (Required)

 

Life of Pi by Yan Martel

Survival Fiction

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger



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.


            Homework Packet: http://gerbersite.com/gerber/Eng_11Honors/Catcher/SummerReading/SummerReadingPacket11.pdf 


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)

 

1. "Turning the Tide" by Richard Weissbourg 

2. 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)

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You will have a writing assignment based on these readings at the beginning of school.

 


AP Literature (Both required)

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?