SUMMER READING

The St Joseph High School faculty feels that reading should become a lifetime habit. Every student at St Joseph High School receives a summer reading list according to his/her grade level. We encourage regular reading beyond the requirements. Enrichment as well as enjoyment should result from this supplementary reading. We recommend that the required books be read carefully and notes taken. Testing will take place within the first two weeks of school. Teachers are required to incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.

Freshman Summer Reading List

FRESHMEN SUMMER READING LIST

2016-2017

Subjects: English

College Prep English and Honors will read the one novel listed.

The St. Joseph High School faculty feels that reading should become a lifetime habit.Every student at St. Joseph High School receives a summer reading list according to his/her grade level.We encourage regular reading beyond the requirements.Enrichment as well as enjoyment should result from this supplementary reading.We recommend that the required novel be read carefully and notes taken. Summer Reading is due the first week of school. Students must complete the assignment related to the reading and will be tested on the reading. Teachers are required to incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.

WORLD LITERATURE & COMPOSITION – CP, CEP & Honors:

Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evelin

In addition to reading the book, students are to write a single-page diary entry written in first person point-of-view that reveals the thoughts and actions of a hero, god or monster included in their reading. The diary entry must be typed, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman and is due the first week of September. Students will also be tested on the book.

Sophomore Summer Reading List

SOPHOMORE SUMMER READING LIST

2016-2017

Subjects: English, World Language, Social Studies

Sophomores please note: *All directions and rubrics for World Language can be found on the SJ Media Resource Center Page on the website via Plus Portals Login>Groups>O'Keefe Media Center>Links and Files> Scroll down to Summer Reading (last item on list).

ENGLISH

College Prep English will read the one novel listed. Honors English students are to read the one novel listed and write an essay.

The St. Joseph High School faculty feels that reading should become a lifetime habit.Every student at St. Joseph High School receives a summer reading list according to his/her grade level.We encourage regular reading beyond the requirements.Enrichment as well as enjoyment should result from this supplementary reading.We recommend that the required novel be read carefully and notes taken. Summer Reading is due the first week of school. Students will receive an assignment related to the reading and will be tested on the reading. Teachers are required to incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.

AMERICAN LITERATURE – CP & CEP

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Students will receive an assignment related to the reading and will be tested on the reading at the start of school.

AMERICAN LITERATURE – Honors 1

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

In addition to reading the novel, Honors students are to write a two-page, MLA formatted essay (in-text citations and work cited page) addressing the following question:

“His father had said once that the hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.” How does this statement apply to some of the choices Henry makes in his behavior toward Keiko and her family during the war?

The essay will be due the first week of September. Students will also take a reading test.

WORLD LANGUAGE (Project details to follow)

French:

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

Italian:

Italian Folk Tales by Italo Calvino: Student chooses TEN of the folktales to read.

Mandarin (Chose one):

The bonesetter's daughter by Amy Tan

April and the Dragon Lady by Lensey Namioka.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Chinese red by Liu Fangnian (Foreign Languages Press)

Spanish (Chose one):

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho*

Bless Me Última by Rudolfo Anaya*

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. By Meg Medina

Praise for the Queen of Water. By Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango

100 years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez*

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will read one novel listed and will have a test based on their book choice:

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley

Wait 'Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Case of Abraham Lincoln by Julie M. Fenster

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands

AP US History Only*

Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States

(Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 17, and 18)

David Kennedy’s The American Pageant

(Chapters 1, 4, 5, 14, 15, 16, 23, 25, 26)



Junior Summer Reading List

JUNIOR SUMMER READING LIST

2016-2017

Subjects: English Only

ENGLISH

College Prep English will read the one novel listed. Honors English students must read both English novels listed, AP Language has two reading assignments and two writing assignments.

The St. Joseph High School faculty feels that reading should become a lifetime habit.Every student at St. Joseph High School receives a summer reading list according to his/her grade level.We encourage regular reading beyond the requirements.Enrichment as well as enjoyment should result from this supplementary reading.We recommend that the required novels be read carefully and notes taken. Summer Reading is the first week of school. Students will receive an assignment related to the reading and will be tested on the reading. Teachers are required to incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.

BRITISH LITERATURE – CP & Honors 2

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Students will receive an assignment related to the reading and will be tested on the reading at the start of school.

BRITISH & EUROPEAN LITERATURE – Honors 1:

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Dubliners by James Joyce

Students will receive an assignment related to the readings and will be tested on the readings at the start of school.

AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

1.Read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, and in a formal literary analysis, showcase three examples of dehumanization in the novel and support with textual evidence. MLA Format.

2. Choose ten readings from the following list of periodicals: The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times, World Tribune, The Guardian, The Observer, The Economist, and/or The Nation. Annotate key points and strategies that the author of the article utilizes. Choose articles of some substance instead of sidebars and brief musings. Then, choose five visuals (political cartoons, photos, and advertisements) and write a response to each, detailing the message conveyed in the visual and the means by which the artist goes about crafting the message.

Senior Summer Reading List

SENIOR SUMMER READING

2016-2017

Subjects: English, Religious Studies

ENGLISH – AP, H1, H2 ONLY

Senior Summer Reading in English is applicable to AP, Honors 1 and Honors 2 core classes. We recommend that the required works be read carefully and notes taken. Teachers will incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.

Honors 1 English Seniors (semester one)

Controversial Literature

  • Dialectical Journal - Walls, Jeanette – The Glass Castle

Honors 2 English Seniors (semester two):

Shakespeare’s Comedies & Tragedies

  • Dialectical Journal – Shakespeare, William – Julius Caesar

AP English Seniors (full-year):

AP English Literature and Composition

  • Dialectical Journal - James McBride – The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
  • Essay - Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front

Dialectical Journal:

The journal is a conversation between you and the text. On the left side of a journal entry you will record parts of the text, phrases, quotations or excerpts. All quoted material must be in quotation marks with proper in-text citation. If using an electronic text, provide the numbered location instead of page numbers.On the right side of the journal you respond to the quoted text looking for the following:

  • Imagery or detail description
  • Words you do not recognize or find interesting, include the definition
  • Parallel structure
  • Diction or word choice
  • Similes or metaphors
  • Use of other literary devices such as alliteration, allusion, foreshadowing, etc.
  • Symbolism
  • Connections to other non-fiction you have read, such as newspaper, magazine or internet articles or material you have studied in class.
  • Personal connections to the text, how are events in the novel similar or different from those in your own life.
  • Emotional and intellectual response to the text.
  • Following is a sample of a journal entry:

Sample journal entry: Sample from text: Commentary Maya describes her work in the store, which she took seriously, although it was also one of the few opportunities she had to play. She writes, “weighing the half pounds of flour, excluding the scoop, and depositing them dust-free into the thin paper sacks held a simple kind of adventure for me (Angelou 15).

Sample student entry:

Angelou uses imagery to describe the care with which she deposited the flour into the sacks, making sure each scoop was “dust free.” The “thin paper sack” is a visual image that implies the task might have been made more difficult due to the flimsy paper. Working in the store was a game for Maya, but also a task she took seriously, “punishing” herself for inaccurate measuring.

  • Student journals must contain a minimum of 25 entries which must represent the entire memoir to be considered a complete assignment.

Journals must be typed, MLA format. A grading rubric, which will be used by every senior teacher, is attached. Please include it as the last page of your journal. Journals must be uploaded to turnitin.

RELIGION

Rising seniors will be required to read ONE of the following books by September 6, 2016:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doeer

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

http://www.amazon.com/All-Light-We-Cannot-See/dp/1476746583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456835335&sr=8-1&keywords=the+light+we+cannot+see

  1. Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job

By Kerry Weber

“When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned, he didn’t mean literally, right? Kerry Weber, a modern, young, single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic, personal, meaningful manner while maintaining a full, robust, regular life.”

http://www.amazon.com/Mercy-City-Hungry-Thirsty-Imprisoned/dp/0829438920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456834790&sr=8-1&keywords=mercy+in+the+city

DIRECTIVES

  • Seniors will be tested on the book they select to read. Students will be tested from September 6th through September 12th, following the rotation of classes.
  • The summer reading exam will be an in class exam composed of multiple choice questions from the book followed by a reflective essay.
  • The Summer Reading Exam will count for no more than 10% of the student’s first quarter grade.
  • Seniors who have both religion courses in the second semester will be required to take the summer reading exam in September coordinated by Religious Studies Department Chair between September 6th through September 12th.
    • The grade will then be applied to their Third quarter religion grade during the second semester.

Grading Rubric: Dialectical Journal

Correct MLA header including5

name and page numbers in correct

location, spacing and font.

Student selects detailed, meaningful15

passages from the text (minimum 25

entries).

Student includes thoughtful interpretation20

and commentary about the text and avoids

clichés or “easy” analysis.

Student focuses on literary element and20

how it contributes to meaning: plot, author’s

purpose, tone, symbolism, historical

connection (s), point of view, theme,

characterization or setting.

Student makes insightful15

connections and asks thought

provoking questions.

Correct in-text citation format.5

Correct Work Cited page.5

Journal is neatly and creatively5

presented in a binder or folder.

Mechanics (punctuation, capitalization,10

Spelling, grammar and usage)

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