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.

 

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

SOPHOMORE SUMMER READING LIST

English, Foreign Language and History

2014-2015

 

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.

 

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.

 

ENGLISH (COLLEGE PREP & CEP):

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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):

 

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle for French students

(ISBN 067973114-8)

 

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

JUNIOR SUMMER READING LIST: English

2014-2015

 

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.

 

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

 

HONORS ENGLISH:

 

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 List

SENIOR SUMMER READING: English and Religion

2014-2015

 

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 (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

 

ENGLISH

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):

  • Shakespeare

 

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. McBride, James – The Color of Water
  4. McCourt, Frank – Teacher Man
  5. Moore, Wes –The Other Wes Moore
  6. Mother Theresa – Mother Theresa: In Her Own Words
  7. Northrup, Solomon Northrup – Twelve Years a Slave
  8. Rhodes-Courter Ashley – Three Little Words
  9. Strayed, Cheryl – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  10. Wagler, Ira – Growing Up Amish
  11. Walls, Jeannette – The Glass Castle
  12. 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.
  • 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)

 

 

 

 

 

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