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Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2019

In keeping with the vision to immerse our students in reading, writing, and thinking, we require a challenging and compelling summer reading program. The purpose of summer reading is to feed the imaginations of our students so they become engaged in the CGLA community of readers. The books we have selected are high interest, grade level appropriate selections that, for the most part, do not require the guidance of a teacher. If students have trouble reading their selections, they will be able to receive help during summer academy.


6th grade—Homeless Bird by Gloria Wheland

Choose ONE activity to complete for Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan.

Design a Quilt

In Homeless Bird, Koly says, “My first quilt was stitched as I worried about my marriage to Hari, the second in sorrow at Hari's death; Chandra's quilt was stitched to celebrate her happiness." On a piece of paper, design a quilt that represents the important events from Koly's life. Think about images from the book that could represent these events from her life. The quilt should tell a story about a particular time in Koly's life.

Journal

Choose a character from Homeless Bird and write a journal entry about a major event in the story from that character's point of view. The journal entry must contain details from the book so that the journal entry reflects the book. The details and the outcome of the event will not change; only the perspective will change.

Poem

Write a paragraph to explain how the poem, Homeless Bird, relates to Koly’s life? (Refer to the chapter where Tagore's poem is referenced.)


7th grade—Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka

As you read Ties that Bind, Ties that Break, you will create a detailed plot diagram to demonstrate your thorough understanding of the novel. Your plot diagram is due on the first day of school.
You are required to read at least one independent reading book from the list of suggested titles. You will choose one of the activities from the list below to complete with this title:

  1. Choose an important scene from the book and rewrite it from another character's point of view to show this character’s feelings, perspective, and thoughts in that part of the book. Your narrative (your rewritten scene) should be 1-2 pages.
  2. Write a letter to the author explaining how this book has impacted you. Your letter should include an introduction, your reaction to specific details of the book, questions for the author, and a closing statement about how the book has impacted you. Your letter should be 1-2 pages long.

Create a collage depicting a theme or idea in the book. Explain how this collage depicts the theme. Use colorful pictures from magazines or draw your own pictures. You should include a written explanation of how your collage illustrates the theme.


8th grade—Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Choose ONE activity to complete for Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

1. Pretend to be one of the main characters from your book and write 3 page-long diary entries from his or her point of view. Explain how this character is thinking/feeling about the major decisions s/he makes over the course of the story.

2. Write a letter to the author of the book. In this letter, you should explain the most important things you learned while reading. Then, ask any questions that you might have about events in the book. Finally, mention at least one thing you will always remember and why. This letter must be 2+ pages.

3. Choose a chapter from the book that involves a conflict between the protagonist and antagonists. Rewrite the chapter from the perspective of the antagonist. Write it in such a way that the audience will feel some sympathy for the antagonist.


9th grade—The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

You will be required to keep a log of your reading. In addition to keeping a reading log, you will write an essay on the book using the prompt below.

Essay Prompt: Pick your favorite vignette (chapter) from the book and rewrite it from the perspective of a character other than Esperanza. Your response should be around two pages typed (double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt). You will submit this essay on the Google Classroom page by August 12th.


10th grade—Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Choose one activity to complete for Their Eyes Were Watching Godby Zora Neale Hurston.

  1. Pick a pivotal scene from the novel to dramatize. Record the scene using digital technology.
  2. Pretend to be one of the main characters from your book and write 3 diary entries from his or her point of view. Explain how this character is thinking/feeling about the major decision.
  3. As an investigative reporter, you sneak into the home of the main character in your book. Report at least 10 items that you find and include a picture (hand drawn or digital) for each item. Also include a written explanation (2-3 sentences per item) identifying how each item connects to the main character. These items may or may not have been mentioned in the novel. Feel free to use your imagination.
  4. Write a letter to the author of your book. Ask any questions that you might have about events in the book. Mention at least one thing you will always remember and why. Your letter must be 1-2 pages.
  5. Write a poem or song lyrics that connect to your book. You can focus on what happened, people or characters in the book, or personal connections you may have had. Must be 30 lines or longer.
  6. Create a storyboard that is based on your book. It may focus on a series of pivotal events or summarize the entire novel in chronological order.
  7. Create a collage depicting a theme or idea in the book. Explain how this collage depicts the theme. Use colorful pictures from magazines or draw your own pictures. Your explanation must be 1-2 pages.

Also, it is recommended that you choose at least oneof the books below to read in addition to the common reading:

  • Native Americans
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee Dee Brown
  • Puritans
  • The Scarlet Letterby Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Slavery
  • Middle Passageby Charles Johnson
  • Invention of Wingsby Sue Monk Kidd
  • Homegoingby Yaa Gyasi
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girlby Harriet Jacobs
  • RootsAlex Haley
  • Westward Expansion
  • My Antoniaby Willa Cather
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Kneeby Dee Brown
  • Civil War
  • Cold Mountainby Charles Frazier
  • The Killer Angelsby Michael Shaara
  • The Great Depression
  • The Grapes of Wrathby John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Menby John Steinbeck
  • World War II
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Lady in Goldby Anne-Marie O’Connor
  • Hiroshimaby John Hersey
  • World War I
  • All Quiet on the Western Frontby Erich Maria Remarque


11th grade—Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

This year, you will be required to read one common text--Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls-- that will be incorporated into class at the beginning of the school year. Additionally, you will read the following short works:

  • Excerpts from An American Childhoodby Annie Dillard
  • “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid
  • “Shooting Dad” by Sarah Vowell
  • “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan
  • Excerpt from  School Girls by Peggy Orenstein
  • Selections from “Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education”

Please join the Google Classroom for summer reading using the following code: xh24bjp. I will post all of the short works on the website along with detailed instructions for the assignments that accompany them. If you will not have access to the internet over the summer, please see me as soon as possible and I will get you a printed copy of the short texts.


12th grade—Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Required Book #1: The Bean Treesby Barbara Kingsolver

Required Essay Prompt for The Bean Trees: Choose a theme from the book (the thematic statement could be based on one of the following concepts: family, homelessness, outside vs. insider, community, etc. You may also choose your own theme. Whatever you choose, you will write a 2-3 page essay tracing that theme’s development over the course of the novel (notsummarizing the book!). Be sure to cite specific textual evidence. Your response should be typed in Times New Roman 12pt font with double spacing and 1-inch margins throughout.

Required Book #2: This year, in order for you to get a head start on senior project research, the second required book will be one that is relevant to your senior project topic. You will choose this book, but it MUST provide you with background information that you will need to begin your senior project in August when we return. Come back to school as an expert on your topic!

Required Assignment for Senior Project Book: You must write a 1-2 page informal summary of the book and how you think you’ll be able to use the information in your senior project. Your response should be typed in Times New Roman 12pt font with double spacing and 1-inch margins throughout.


***All summer reading assignments are due when we return to school in August***

Enjoy your summer reading,