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, and 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 a May 8 deadline to order books through the school.
Summer titles are also listed on the department’s web site at acjeng.beevilleisd.net. Students may purchase books on their own from area bookstores, or may be able to buy or borrow one from a student who read the book last year. Books may also be checked out from a library; in that case, the student should keep a journal of his reading since he will not be able to write in the book.
Summer titles for students entering these grades in the 2009-2010 school year are:
•9th – “The Lightning Thief” (Riordan) and “The Red Badge of Courage” (Crane);
•10th – “A Separate Peace” (Knowles) and “The Pearl” (Steinbeck);
•11th – “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (Douglass) and “The Grapes of Wrath” (Steinbeck);
•12th – “The Awakening” (Chopin) [if this book is not ordered through the school, students should be sure to get a copy that has footnotes] and “The Shipping News” (Proulx).