Summer Reading Program

June, 2014
English Department Summer Reading Program

To develop reading abilities, students must read – even during summer vacation! We all agree that the most important key to life-long learning is reading; therefore, the English department is suggesting that students spend part of their summer break engaged in strengthening their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills by participating in the summer reading program. While the program is optional, students may earn an enrichment grade in August through their English teacher by completing a reading log for each book they read on the attached list.

Students must maintain a reading response log for each book. The student should select a minimum of 15 passages from the book to which he or she will respond with analytical and interpretive commentaries (a sample is below). The students will turn in these reading journals the first week of Fall semester to their English teacher to receive credit on the first report card. The teacher may also require an oral assessment to verify that the student completed the reading. The grade levels are suggested; a student may read from any grade level list. (Incoming 9th graders may select a work from the 10th grade list).



Pope Joan (Cross) Bean Trees or The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver) Catch 22 (Heller)
Jane Eyre (Bronte) In the Time of the Butterflies (Alvarez) A Hundred Secret Senses or The Kitchen God's Wife (Tan)
Wuthering  Heights (Bronte) A Lesson Before Dying (Gaines) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Kesey)
The Pigman (Zindel) Joy Luck Club (Tan) The Chosen (Potok)
A Tale of Two Cities or Great Expectations (Dickens) My Antonia (Cather) Nineteen-Eighty-Four (Orwell)
Jurassic Park or The Andromeda Strain (Crichton) Player Piano (Vonnegut) House of the Spirits or Daughter of Fortune (Allende)
The Hunger Games (Collins) A Separate Peace (Knowles) One Hundred Years of Solitude (Garcia-Marquez)
Rebecca (DuMaurier) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith) Brave New World (Huxley)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Orczy) Main Street or Babbit (Lewis) Never Let Me Go or When We Were Orphans (Ishiguro)
Bridges at Toko Ri (Michener) Gone With the Wind (Mitchell) Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility (Austen)
The Natural (Malamud) Winesburg, Ohio (Anderson) Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings (Tolkein) Roots (Haley) Brother's Karamazov or Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky)
The Light in the Forest (Richter) Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman (Gaines) Woman Warrior (Hong Kingston)
The Good Earth (Buck) Love Medicine (Erdich) The Power and the Glory (Greene)
Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas) Our Town (Wilder) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Hadden)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (See) Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Carroll) The Red Badge of Courage or Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (Crane) Les Miserables (Hugo)
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (Greenberg) Snow Falling on Cedars (Guterson) A Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)
The Hound of the Baskerville's (Doyle) The Sun Also Rises or For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway) Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver)
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway) Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant or The Accidental Tourist (Tyler) Far From the Madding Crowd or Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Hardy)
Time Machine or War of the Worlds (Wells) Lilies of the Field (Barrett) Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur)
A Wrinkle in Time (L'Engle) Fallen Angels (Myers) The Loved One (Waugh)
Clan of the Cave Bear (Auel) The Color Purple (Walker) The Girl With a Pearl Earring (Chevalier)
Feed (Anderson) White Oleander (Fitch)  
Coraline (Gairman) Legend of Fire Horse Woman (Houston)  
Prey, or Timeline (Crichton) For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy (Bradley)  

Summer Reading book report model 2014. A dialectical journal is a kind of written discussion/dialogue with the book. You should choose passages that interest you, that symbolize an idea or theme in the book, or that illustrate a conflict for a character. You are expected to write with some depth and insight into the passages; try to construct your responses so you go beyond restating the plot: try to make a connection between the text and you, the text and other texts you have read, the text and the world around you (ideas, conflicts, universal themes, current events).

Below is a model for the journal response (you may use a column format or write the passage first and your response underneath) Whichever style you choose, number your entries and make it clear which is the passage and which is your response.

The passage is from the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

"I wanted you to see something about her – I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway, and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." Chapter 11 Response: This discussion between Atticus and Jem occurs after Jem has been forced by his father to read to Mrs. Dubose, a difficult old lady in town who seems to dislike everyone, but really is struggling with her illness and disappointment with her life. The passage represents an important message for Jem to learn about growing up and taking responsibility, which is one of the major themes of the novel. Authors often write about characters on a journey to self-awareness because all people who wish to take a place in their world must come to terms with who they are and what they believe. A refusal to examine oneself in relation to the people and events occurring around him stifles the growth of that individual. In this passage, Jem wants to own a gun and is angry that his father won't buy him one. He lives in a small southern town that places importance on guns, drinking and hanging out with the boys as signs of manhood. Jem believes he must fit in with the image of manhood that he sees around him, but through this incident and his reflection on his father's defense of Ms. Dubose, Jem is beginning to realize that courage and manhood are qualities of character.
(Ragus 2008)