Summer Reading

SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
2017 SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS
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The goal of the South Kingstown High School English Department's Summer Reading Program is to promote literacy skills throughout the year in the hope of strengthening academic achievement.  We hope also to encourage students to explore the world of reading by offering a wide range of choices.  Students are required to read one or more of the choices assigned for their respective grade level of English class, which will be assessed the first week of school. Students who are unsure about which book to select should consult with their librarian, English teacher, or reading specialist.

CLICK HERE for a complete list

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GRADE  9


That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this,and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.   
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


English 9 - Select one (1) novel from the list below.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.
(Bring your list of quotations: they will count as part of your grade!)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Historical Memoir)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Classic)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Classic)
Maus I by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)
        The Maze Runner (Vol. 1 of The Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner (Science Fiction)
Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primiano (Young Adult Fiction set in Rhode Island)
Wolf Rider by Avi (Mystery)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
or, in memory of Lindsay Ann Burke,
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (Contemporary)


Honors 9 - Students must read one  (1) of the following assigned novels.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.
(Bring your notes: they will count as part of your grade!)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë



Assessment: 9th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected-response questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). In addition, students are to collect at least nine quotations from the book, addressing the following prompt:
What important things does the main character learn about herself or himself?

Record a minimum of nine relevant quotations from the book (including chapter and page numbers)on a graphic organizer while you read. For each quotation, explain briefly how it relates to the question.  Bring your list of quotations to your English class by the second day of school, as this will count as 20% of the summer reading assessment. (You will not be required to write an essay about your summer reading book.) 

CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2016 Grade 9 Summer Reading Assignment
 CLICK HERE for summaries and reviews of the Grade 9 Summer Reading selections


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GRADE 10


And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.  
— East of Eden by John Steinbeck

English 10 students are to read one (1) book from the list below.  There will be an ASSESSMENT.  (Bring notes: they will count as part of your grade!)

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream by Bill Reynolds
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Water for Elephants* by Sarah Gruen (2008 Reading Across Rhode Island selection)
*Includes mature content


English 10 Honors American Literature students are to read the two (2) books below.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck — TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  — TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY


Assessment: 10th grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected-response questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). In addition, students are to collect at least nine quotations from the book, relating to either of the following questions:
1) How has this book has helped you to understand more about what it means to be an American?
2) What does the book tell you about the importance of community?

Record a minimum of nine relevant quotations from the novel (including chapter and page numbers) on a graphic organizer while you read. For each quotation, explain briefly how it relates to one of the two prompts.  Bring your list of quotations to your English class by the second day of school, as this will count as 20% of the summer reading assessment.  (Students who are not taking Honors English 10 will not be required to write an essay about the summer reading book)

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GRADE 11


It is a good thing to experience everything oneself, he thought. As a child, I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart,with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this.      
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

11th Grade Survey of Western Humanities AND Heroes and Antiheroes students
are to read one (1) book from the list below.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.  Bring notes: they will count as part of your grade!)
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream by Bill Reynolds
Incantation
 by Alice Hoffman
The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini
*Includes mature content
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

AP 11 students are to read both of the following:

The Odyssey by Homer -  TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse - TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY
Selection of articles on current events
(see separate handout for guidelines)

Assessment: 11th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The test will consist of 40 selected response questions(multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). In addition, students are to collect at least nine quotations from the book, relating to the following questions:
How does the main character’s journey or experience shape his/her development?  How do his/her encounters with the unfamiliar help him/her grow as an individual?

Record a minimum of nine relevant quotations from the book (including chapter and page numbers) on a graphic organizer while you read. For each quotation, explain briefly how it relates to the prompt.  Bring your list of quotations to your English class by the second day of school, as this will count as 20% of the summer reading assessment.  (Students who are not taking AP English 11 will not be required to write an essay about the summer reading book.)


GRADE 12


Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Candide by Voltaire


With the exception of AP English 12 students, all seniors are to read one (1) book from the list below.  
There will be a TEST.  (Bring notes: they will count as part of your test!)

Candide by Voltaire
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Memory of Running* by Ron McLarty
Flight* by Sherman Alexie
        Five Skies* by Ron Carlson (2009 Reading Across Rhode Island selection)
*Includes mature content

AP English 12
students are to read all of the following:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Candide by Voltaire
How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda


Assessment: 12th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected response questions(multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). In addition, students are to collect at least nine quotations from the book, relating to the following prompt:
Examine how one of the main characters either does or does not take control of his or her own life.  How does the author show the importance of goals and personal values in that character’s life?

Record a minimum of nine relevant quotations from the book (including chapter and page numbers) on a graphic organizer while you read. For each quotation, explain briefly how it relates to the prompt.  Bring your list of quotations to your English class by the second day of school, as this will count as 20% of the summer reading assessment.  (Students who are not taking AP Literature 12 will not be required to write an essay about the summer reading book.)