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