When classes resume in August, the discussion and assessment of summer reading will be among the first of the PreAP and AP class assignments. The intent of the assessments is to affirm the student’s abilities to read, comprehend and complete responsibilities independently. The assessments are both encouraging and motivating to students who have completed the reading assignments.
Students are encouraged to purchase their own books so that they may make notes and highlight as they read. This year the books may be pre-ordered through the school. Students have been given order information through their English classes and may check with any English teacher if for some reason the order information was missed. There is an April 28 deadline to order books through the school.
Students may purchase books on their own from area bookstores, add them to an e-reader, or they may be able to buy or borrow one from a student who read the book last year. Books also may be checked out from a library; it is very helpful, though, to have a copy of the book during the first week or two of school.
Summer titles for students entering these grades in the 2013-2014 school year are:
Ender’s Game (Card)
The Bean Trees (Kingsolver)
Maisie Dobbs (Winspear)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Doyle)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass)
The Help (Stockett)
The Awakening (Chopin) [if this book is not ordered through the school, students should be sure to get a copy that has footnotes]
The Shipping News (Proulx)