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

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 – English and Technology

2015-2016

 

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. 

 

ENGLISH (all incoming freshman English classes must read):

 

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

            In addition to reading the book, students are to write a single-page diary entry written in

the 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.

 

           

 

TECHNOLOGY (Technology students, including students taking the summer school computer course, must choose one):

 

Geeks by Jon Katz

 

A Girl’s Life Online (formerly Katie.com) by Katherine Tarbox         

Published by Penguin Putnam 2001

(recommended to St. Joseph High School by an internet safety expert, contains some objectionable language and sexual references)

 

 

 

Sophomore Summer Reading List

SOPHOMORE SUMMER READING LIST – English, Foreign Language and History

2015-2016

 

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. 

 

ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP & 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.

 

HONORS ENGLISH:

 

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.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (choose one from the language which you study):

 

Sophomores will read one book from the Foreign Language list based upon the language studied and one from the History list.

 

French:

A Year in Provence  by Peter Mayle for French students    (ISBN 067973114-8)

 

Italian:

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino for Italian students

Please read:  I. Introduction   II. “Petie Pete versus Witch Bea-Witch” #37 through # 70 The Old Women’s Hide (pg 253-page numbers may be different), depending on the edition you are using the page numbers may be different.   III. It would be helpful to take notes on each story so you can study from the notes for your summer reading test.

 

Mandarin:

Chinese Red by Yan Chunling for Mandarin students (Foreign Languages Press)

 

Spanish:

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudofo Anaya

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

HISTORY (choose one):

 

A Case of Abraham Lincoln by Julie Fenster and Douglas Brinkley

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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

Flags Of Our Fathers by James Bradley

 

Junior Summer Reading List

JUNIOR SUMMER READING LIST: ENGLISH

2015-2016

 

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. 

 

ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP):

 

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.

 

HONORS ENGLISH:

 

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: Religion and English

2015-2016

 

The St. Joseph High School faculty feels that reading should become a lifetime habit.  Every student at St. Joseph High School, therefore, receives a summer reading list according to his/her grade level.    We encourage reading regularly beyond the requirements.  We recommend that the required novels be read carefully and notes taken. Teachers are required to incorporate a “summer reading” grade that is 10% of the first quarter grade.  Seniors should read as much as possible both this summer and next as they prepare for college challenges.  Local libraries have excellent suggestions for pleasure reading. 

 

RELIGION:  Required for all senior students…see below for the assignment

 

Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe

 

ENGLISH:  See below for the assignment

 

**Please carefully review the following lists as different classes require different reading and assignments. Please note: you are responsible for the assignment for any of the classes taken during first semester (i.e. if you are taking one CP level class and one Honors level class first semester, you must do both the CP and Honors class assignment).

 

**If due to scheduling you do NOT have an English class first semester you are still required to do the Summer Reading assignment. Talk to Mrs. Broderick (209) and your Guidance Counselor. Your second semester English teacher will be responsible for collecting/grading your Dialectical Journal AND will assist you with your College Essay.

 

College Prep English Seniors (semester one):

  • Literature & War
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Science Fiction
  • Short Story
  • Sports Literature

 

Honors 1 English Seniors (semester one):

    • Controversial Literature

 

AP English Seniors (full-year):

    • AP English Literature and Composition

 

Senior Summer Reading – Memoir Dialectical Journal

 

Memoirs are a piece of autobiographical writing, but unlike autobiographies, which relate a person’s life to date in chronological order, a memoir is more limited and focuses on a particular phase, time period or place. Memoirs are also reflective, analyzing how the narrator was impacted.

 

Characteristics of the Memoir:

  • It focuses and reflects on the relationship between the writer and a particular

person, place, animal, or object.

  • It explains the significance of the relationship.
  • It leaves the reader with one impression of the subject of the memoir.
  • It is limited to a particular phase, time period, place, or recurring behavior in

             order to develop the focus fully.

  • It makes the subject of the memoir come alive.
  • It maintains a first person point of view.

 

College Prep English Seniors are to select and read one novel from the memoir list below and write a Dialectical Journal:

 

  1. Achebe, Chinua – There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra
  2. Lindhout, Amanda & Sara Corbett – A House in the Sky
  3. McCourt, Frank – Teacher Man
  4. Moore, Wes –The Other Wes Moore
  5. Mother Theresa – Mother Theresa: In Her Own Words
  6. Rhodes-Courter Ashley – Three Little Words
  7. Robison John Elder – Look Me In the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
  8. Wagler, Ira – Growing Up Amish
  9. Walls, Jeannette – The Glass Castle
  10. Yousafzai, Malala & Christina Lamb – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

 

Honors 1 English Seniors are to read the memoir listed below and write a Dialectical Journal:

1. Walls, Jeanette – The Glass Castle

AP English Seniors will read both novels listed below and complete the assigned Dialectical Journal for the memoir and an essay for the second novel. Essay assignment will be handed out during Mock Schedule.

 

1. James McBride – The Color of Water

2. Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front

 

Summer Reading Assignment:

  • Students are to create a Dialectical Journal.  The journal is essentially 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.

 

  • *Honors seniors will also be required to write a separate essay on their memoir. Details will be provided by their teacher the first week of school in the fall.
  • Student journals must contain a minimum of 25 entries which must represent the entire memoir to be considered a complete assignment.
  • Each senior is required to complete a journal including AP, Honors and CP. Journals will be due the first week of school. Your teacher will provide you with a specific due date the first day of classes.
  • 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.

 

Grading Rubric: Senior Summer Reading – Memoir Dialectical Journal

 

 

Correct MLA header including                               5

name and page numbers in correct

location, spacing and font.    

 

Student selects detailed, meaningful                      15

passages from the text (minimum 25

entries).

 

Student includes thoughtful interpretation           20

and commentary about the text and avoids

clichés or “easy” analysis.

 

Student focuses on literary element and                20

how it contributes to meaning: plot, author’s

purpose, tone, symbolism, historical

connection (s), point of view, theme,

characterization or setting.

 

Student makes insightful                                          15

connections and asks thought

provoking questions.

 

Correct in-text citation format.                                  5

 

Correct Work Cited page.                                          5

 

Journal is neatly and creatively                                 5

presented in a binder or folder.

 

Mechanics (punctuation, capitalization,                 10

Spelling, grammar and usage)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion Summer Reading Assignment:  Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe

 

Each Senior student is required to read Interior Freedom and complete a common assignment. The assignment must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, August 31, 2015 to Fr. Mike (submission instructions will be sent in a future email). The assignment will count for no more than 10% of the student’s first quarter grade in his or her religion class. Students who have both religion courses in the second semester, are free to choose either of the two classes to which the grade can be applied. Each teacher is free to incorporate the book into any additional class assignments.

 

Assignment:

The student is to compose a paper in response to the book. The paper should be approximately three-five pages in length and should include proper MLA formatting

with citations from the text, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font and one inch margins. The paper is to include an introduction and a conclusion.

 

Theme: Freedom and the Theological Virtues

 

True happiness is not possible without one’s discovery and development of his or her interior freedom. Man’s interior freedom develops to the extent that man can grow in the virtues of faith, hope and love. Write an essay discussing the interior freedom presented by Jacques Philippe. What is it? How is it different from other conceptions of freedom? Why is freedom necessary for happiness? Next, how do the theological virtues relate to freedom? Discuss each of the virtues as presented in the book and their significance. Finally, how

does one experience freedom even in the face of opposition or suffering? As part of your conclusion, please include your own response or opinion to the text and its presentation on freedom. The student will be graded based upon the following categories:

  • Proper grammar, spelling and formatting
  • Addressing the above themes:
    • Freedom
    • Freedom and the virtues
    • Freedom and suffering / consent
    • Demonstration that the student has read and comprehended the book through the inclusion of citations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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