Summer Reading 2014 Seventh Grade Students are required to read one book from the list below over the summer. On the first day of school, August 5, students will bring their books to class and be prepared to complete various assignments related to their books of choice. Be able to discuss genre, author, setting, characters, theme, plot, and interesting quotes as they relate to your book of choice. Choose a book from the list that you have not previously read. Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader’s Edition) – by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin Kisses from Katie – by Katie J. Davis Good Call- Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl - by Jase Robertson (Duck Dynasty) Same Kind of Different as Me - by Ron Hall Through my Eyes – by Tim Tebow Gifted Hands – by Ben Carson Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream – by Tanya Lee Stone Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry – by Mildred D. Taylor Island of the Blue Dolphins – by Scott O’Dell The Story of my Life – by Helen Keller The Call of the Wild – by Jack London White Fang – by Jack London Against the Grain – by Bill Courtney Summer Reading 2014 Eighth Grade Students are required to read one book from the list below over the summer. On the first day of school, August 5, students will bring their books to class and be prepared to complete various assignments related to their books of choice. Be able to discuss genre, author, setting, characters, theme, plot, and interesting quotes as they relate to your book of choice. Choose a book from the list that you have not previously read. The Robe – by Lloyd C. Davis The Last Sin Eater - by Francine Rivers The Giver - by Lois Lowry The Closer - by Mariano Rivera The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – by Daniel James Brown Unbroken - by Laura Hillenbrand The Shack – by William Paul Young A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II – by Adam Makos Heidi – by Johanna Spyri Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott My Brother Sam is Dead – by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day – by Scott O’Dell Against the Grain – by Bill Courtney ENGLISH I – Freshman English (2014-2015) Each student will select one book from the list below. Please read the book thoroughly. Bring the book to school on the first day of school, August 5. OPTIONS: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson Nothing but the Truth by Avi Same Kind of Different as Me by Hall and Moore Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis Animal Farm by George Orwell Fellowship of the Rings by J R R Tolki The Invisible Man by H G Wells The Coffin Quilt: The Feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys by Anne Rinaldi Pay close attention to the required elements of the book: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Setting – both physical setting and time period Cultural beliefs and actions of the characters Major and minor characters Overall theme of the book Conflicts occurring throughout the book Primary quotes within the book ----Though no physical project is due on the first day of class, it is beneficial to note information about the required elements; this may be done in the book itself, in journal form, on index cards, etc. This allows the student to better prepare for assessments. ****Each student must bring the physical book to class on the first day of school (August 5) paperback books are fine.– NO Ebooks allowed for summer reads. ^^^^^On the first day of school (August 5), the student must be prepared to share aloud an overall introduction of the book including title, author, vocabulary usage, overall theme of book, and review of the author’s writing style. --Graded assignments will be given throughout the week on elements 1-5. NOTE: Please take the time to research any of the books you may consider. Learn about the genre, writing style, and other elements that may be important to you as a reader. Select the book that best fits your personal taste. (All pics are taken from Amazon; covers may vary). English 2 (10th Grade) Summer Reading Choices Persuasion by Jane Austen Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 1984 by George Orwell Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Once and Future King by T.H. White Over the summer, the student will be expected to fully and thoroughly read one of the books above. Special attention should be given to the book’s setting, its major and minor characters, and its themes and symbols. Within the first week back at school, an oral test will be given and a PREZI will be assigned. At that time students will receive a presentation date and a rubric. English 3 (11th Grade) Summer Reading Choices The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne White Fang by Jack London The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Over the summer, the student will be expected to fully and thoroughly read one of the books above. Special attention should be given to the book’s setting, its major and minor characters, and its themes and symbols. Within the first week back at school, an oral test will be given and a PREZI will be assigned. At that time students will receive a presentation date and a rubric. Accelerated English Literature (11th Grade) Summer Reading “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau Selected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” “The Purloined Letter” “The Fall of the House of Usher” “The Pit and the Pendulum” “The Masque of the Red Death” “The Cask of Amontillado” “The Tell-Tale Heart” “Ligeia” Christmas Reading Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney A test on the readings will be on the first week following our return to school. Summer reading English IV In an effort to enhance reading comprehension and increase vocabulary while enticing students to read something they enjoy, TCPS is changing the format of the summer reading. While many schools promote reading of the classics in literature, TCPS is choosing to have students read these books during the school year in order to analyze the elements more in depth than a surface summer reading will allow. Students will be asked to choose an inspirational book. These can be found in the Christian Living section of Barnes and Noble or the Christian Life section of Lifeway Christian Bookstore. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following: Biographies/autobiographies---Any book dealing with overcoming any adversity (any drug/addiction related subject will require parent approval) Suggested authors and titles: Tony Dungy--Quiet Strength Tim Tebow—Through My Eyes Mike Yorkey—Playing With Purpose John Smoltz—Starting and Closing Colt McCoy—Growing Up Colt Jeremy Affeledt—To Stir a Movement Eric Legrand—Believe David Lyons—David’s Goliath Kim deBlecourt—Until We All Come Home Rebecca Nichols Alonzo—Devil in Pew # 7 Gabrielle Douglas—Grace, Gold, and Glory Todd Storch—Taylor’s Gift Maryan Rostanpour and Marziyeh Ameriadeh—Captive in Iran Sharon Brown—Sensible Shoes Katie Davis—Kisses From Katie Fiction Suggested authors: Francine Rivers James Rubart Karen Kingsbury Tim LaHaye (Left Behind series) Lysa Terkeurst John and Stasi Eldredge Priscilla Shire Cindy Woodsmall Connie Mann Non-fiction Suggested authors/titles: Todd Beamer—Let’s Roll Neil White—In the Sanctuary of Outcasts David Platt—Follow Me Francis Chan—Crazy Love Kyle Idleman—Not a Fan, Gods at War Ted Decker—Showdown Travis Thrasher—Home Run Minimum reading length for book is 300 pages. You may choose two smaller books provided that the combined length is at least 300 pages. E-books will not be acceptable for the inspirational books; these may be allowed for in-class readings during the year. I must approve your book by Wednesday May 21st. You must get approval before you leave for summer vacation, or you will not be allowed to read a summer book, and you will begin the year with a significant grade deficit!! For students that register after school is dismissed for the summer, please contact TCPS at 662844-8604 and leave a message for Mrs. Brenda Key. She will contact you for approval of a selected book title. Please have a title in mind when contacting her. On the first day back to school, you need to bring a copy of your book for a written and oral exam on some of the following elements: Author and title—know significance of title Setting—time and place Is the setting integral to the story? Why or why not? Major characters---should discuss at least 2. Identify the name and his/her importance to the story Minor characters—should discuss at least 3. Identify name and his/her importance to the story Theme of the book? What does the author want us to glean from this book? Choose 5 quotes without which the book would lose significant meaning or inspiration Identify speaker, spoken to and significance to story. Impact on your life? Has this book encouraged you to examine your relationship to Jesus or other important people in your life? In what way (s)? Within the first week of school, you will complete a PREZI or power point with all of the above elements as well as pictures, music or other elements that you can incorporate. You will be given a rubric by which you will be graded as well as the date you will present your PREZI to the class. Your task over the summer is to take time to read the inspirational book---not simply on a surface reading---but to glean meaningful insight as to what the author (s) tried to impart to you that gives your life new meaning. Dual-Credit English (12) Summer Reading Hamlet; Much Ado About Nothing Christmas Reading King Lear A test on the readings will be on the first week following our return to school.