Summer Reading Assignments

Here are the assignments attached to our summer reading program:

DUE DATES: Students are responsible for completing their summer reading book by the first day of class. The corresponding assignments will be provided the first week of school. Unless students are taking AP Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition, they do not need to complete any written work prior to the first day of school.

GRADE 9 

Students will write a one-paragraph response during an in-class writing assignment. Students will be given a series of different topics and asked to explore one of them in a well-developed paragraph. In that response, students will be required to provide at least three distinctly different moments from the story to support their points. These moments should not be from the same general section of the book.

In addition to this paragraph, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

GRADE 10

Students will write a one-paragraph response during an in-class writing assignment. Students will be given a series of different topics and asked to explore one of them in a well-developed paragraph. In that response, students will need to open with a strong topic sentence, one that is arguable and provable, and defend it with at least three “P.I.E.” supports. Student writing should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grade 9.

In addition to this paragraph, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

GRADE 11

Students will complete an in-class writing assignment exploring the content of the summer reading book. After reviewing a list of different topics, students will choose one to explore in their writing. These essays should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grades 9 and 10.

In addition to this essay, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

NOTE: Students taking AP Language and Composition have a different assignment. This work was reviewed at the AP Lang summer reading meeting. Please contact the instructor with questions.

GRADE 12

Students will complete an in-class writing assignment exploring the content of the summer reading book. After reviewing a list of different topics, students will choose one to explore in their writing. These essays should reflect the writing rules and skills covered in grades 9, 10, and 11.

In addition to this essay, individual teachers may assign other corresponding work.

NOTE: Students taking AP Literature and Composition have a different assignment. This work was reviewed at the AP Lit summer reading meeting. Please contact the instructor with questions.

ANNOTATIONS (OPTIONAL WORK)

We encourage students to annotate while reading. Though these annotations will not be assessed by a teacher and are not required as part of the summer reading assignment, annotating can be helpful when working to understand a text. Several of our classes require regular annotation work. See samples of student annotations below.

(This is a BHS student’s annotation of a two-page section of Of Mice and Men … click to enlarge, see below for more examples)

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Notice how the comments here range from a close examination of the language of the piece (repetitions, word choice, diction) to some more general thoughts on what is going on, including parts where the meaning remains unclear. A good annotation provides a range of comments that both closely examine the specific language of the piece and that try to determine the overall meaning of the section.

And here is a second example…

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