Summer Reading Lists
Posted 08/01/2015 01:05PM

English Summer Reading 2015

Mount Greylock Regional School

Williamstown, MA

 

7th Grade 

Read Boy, Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl.  Most likely you have   read at least one of Roald Dahl’s books.  If not, we encourage you to read one of his novels this summer in addition to Boy.  While reading Boy, consider how Dahl’s life experiences influenced his fiction writing.  Record your thoughts in at least one full paragraph.  Remember:  Read at least two other titles.  Please bring in your paragraph and a list of all the books and authors you read this summer for the first day of school.

 

8th Grade

Read The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney.  Themes to respond to: 1. Family  2. Courage  3. Fear  4. Prejudice.  Pick 5-7 profound passages that focus on the themes and respond.  Each of your responses should be at least one paragraph in length.  Be prepared to share your thoughts in class.  Read at least two other titles.

 

9th Grade

College Prep: Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.

Honors: Read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.

 

10th Grade

College Prep: Read A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.

Honors: Read one of the following texts and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text.   

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Atonement by Ian McEwan

 

11th Grade 

You will be tested on and expected to discuss the following books when you return to school in the fall. To this end, it is wise to take brief notes on characters, themes, and style.

Students taking College Prep Level English 11: Read This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolf.

Students taking Honors Level English 11: In addition to reading This Boy’s Life, you must also read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.

 

English 11; AP Language and Composition ~ Summer Assignments

All assignments are due the day you return to school; no exceptions. Books are available at Barnes & Noble, Water Street Books, Amazon and at your local library. The newspaper may be read either on-line or hard copy, however, the articles for the assignment should be attached (in hard copy) to your response.*  This is a college level, rigorous and fast-paced class. If you are not a voracious reader and writer, consider enrolling in Honors level instead.

This Boy’s Life

By Tobias Wolf

Keep in mind the following questions as you read, then write a 500 word response when you finish the memoir that specifically answers the questions:

What are some of the factors in this memoir that reflect American Culture?

What techniques does the author use to turn the nonfiction account of his own life into what reads like fiction (a novel)? Due: Day One

Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck

Pay close attention to the inter-chapters; these are the chapters that create a pause in the plot. Each inter-chapter presents a focused view on a single aspect of life outside of the Joad’s story. Keep notes on the topic, style and possible reason for each inter-chapter. Bring to class neatly typed, chronologically organized notes.  Due: Day One

Elements of Style

Strunk & White

Read it, enjoy it, know it. Due: Day One

Newspaper

Read a reputable daily newspaper. Bring to class a news story, an editorial and a column from The New York Times or other reputable newspaper; attach* them to your essay of 500-800 words comparing/contrasting the three styles of writing.

Due: Day One


11/12 Honors Tolkien:

You will be tested on and expected to discuss the following books when you return to school in the fall. To this end, it is wise to take brief notes on characters, themes, and style. You must read: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, as well as Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham.

 

English 12 College Prep:

Read Fahrenheit 451. Be prepared to write about the important ideas of the novel in the first few days of school.

 

English 12 Honors:

Choose one of the following texts. You will be asked to share your ideas about the novel you choose in a writing assignment in the first weeks of school:

A Visit from the Goon Squad -- Jennifer Egan

The Circle -- Dave Eggers

Tenth of December -- George Saunders (short stories)

Ready Player One -- Ernest Cline

 

AP12:

One Hundred Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Selections from the Bible

Selections from Mythology -- Edith Hamilton

 

(see Mr. Dils for the list of Bible and Mythology selections.)