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.
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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.
MUSIC (only Music students read the following):
Learn to Read Music by Howard Shanet
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
English, Foreign Language and History
Sophomores are required to read three books. College Prep English will read the one novel listed. Honors English students are to read the one novel listed and write an essay. Sophomores will also read one book from the Foreign Language list based upon the language studied and one from the History list.
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ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP & CEP):
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
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):
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle for French students
On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Hermann Loomis for French students
Eiffel’s Tower\by Jill Jonnes for French students
The Greater Journey by David McCullough for French students
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudofo Anaya for Spanish students
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for Spanish students
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero by David Maraniss for Spanish students
Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino for Italian students
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for Spanish students
Chinese Red by Yan Chunling for Mandarin students (Foreign Languages Press)
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: English
College Prep English will read the one novel listed. Honors English students must read both English novels listed, AP Language has three reading assignments and two writing assignments.
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ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP):
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Dubliners by James Joyce
AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION:
1. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
In a formal literary analysis showcase three examples of dehumanization in the novel and support with textual evidence. MLA format.
2. Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert
3. Select a contemporary non-fiction British/European based reading (e.g. a news article, a rhetorical essay, a political writing, or a journal article). In an MLA-formatted essay, identify the thesis statement of the piece selected and investigate evidence or arguments the writer uses to support the thesis and support with textual references.
SENIOR SUMMER READING: English and Religion
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RELIGION (choose one): All Seniors must choose one book from the list below
Please note: Should a senior have both religion courses scheduled for the spring of the school year, he/she is still required to take the summer reading test in the fall of that year. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is required for students enrolled in course #041, Introduction to World Religions. Students must read this book during the summer regardless of which semester they have the class. This book is an option for all other students.
Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee IIibagiza
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse ( Required for Introduction to World Religions)
The Gift of Peace by Joseph Cardinal Bernadin
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).
College Prep English Seniors (semester one):
- Literature & War
- Multicultural Literature
- Science Fiction
- Short Story
- Sports Literature
Honors 2 English Seniors (semester one):
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:
- Achebe, Chinua – There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra
- Lindhout, Amanda & Sara Corbett – A House in the Sky
- McBride, James – The Color of Water
- McCourt, Frank – Teacher Man
- Moore, Wes –The Other Wes Moore
- Mother Theresa – Mother Theresa: In Her Own Words
- Northrup, Solomon Northrup – Twelve Years a Slave
- Rhodes-Courter Ashley – Three Little Words
- Strayed, Cheryl – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
- Wagler, Ira – Growing Up Amish
- Walls, Jeannette – The Glass Castle
- Yousafzai, Malala & Christina Lamb – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Honors II English Seniors are to read the novel play listed below and write a Dialectical Journal:
1. Shakespeare, William – King Lear
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. Helen Colijn – Song of Survival Women Interned (memoir)
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.
- 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
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
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)