• 2019 Secondary Summer Reading Requirements

    PURPOSE FOR SUMMER READING
    Reading during the summer is important for everyone! It helps readers keep and improve the reading skills they developed during the school year. Stephen Krashen, author of The Power of Reading, concludes that "reading is the most powerful tool available for building vocabulary as well as the ability to read, write, spell, and comprehend." Independent reading has been proven to positively impact literacy development.
     
     
     

    Independent Reading DOES make a difference

    Percentile Rank on
    Standardized Tests

    Minutes of Text Reading per Day

    Estimated Number of
    Words Read per Year
    98 90.7 4,733,000
    90 40.4 2,357,000
    70 21.7 1,168,000
    50 12.9 601,000
    20 3.1 134,000
    10 1.6 51,000
     
     

     

     
    Grade-Course (In-Coming) Summer Reading Requirement
    7th Grade Reading

    *Free Choice

     

    8th Grade English

    *Free Choice

     

    ESL I (High School)

    *Free Choice

     

    English I—On Level

     
    *Free Choice
     
     

    English I Pre AP/IB

    *Free Choice—Read at least one grade appropriate novel of literary merit.

    **Students will need to bring a copy of their book the first two weeks of school in order to complete in-class assignments.

    Assignment

    English I Pre AP/IB
    GT Phoenix

    *Free Choice—Read at least one grade appropriate novel of literary merit. 

    **Students will need to bring a copy of their book the first two weeks of school in order to complete in-class assignments. 

     

    ESL II (High School)

     
    *Free Choice
     
     

    English II—On Level

     
    *Free Choice
     
     

    English II Pre AP/IB

     
    Read at least one novel of literary merit.
     
     
    English II Pre AP/IB
    GT Phoenix
     
    Anthem by Ayn Rand and
     
    Read at least one book of literary merit (fiction or nonfiction)
     
     

    ESL III (High School)

     
    *Free Choice
     
     

    English III-On Level

     
    *Free Choice
     
     
    English III AP
     
    Read one book of choice from the list below:
     
    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
    Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas by Frederick Douglas
    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
     
    **Bring an electronic or hard copy of your selection to class, and be prepared for a class discussion over your selection.
     
     
     
    English III
    AP/GT Phoenix
     
    The Signet Book of American Essays, Edited by M. Jerry Weiss and Helen S. Weiss
     
    Plus two student choice novels of literary merit (one fiction and one nonfiction).
     
     

    English III  IB

    AND

    English III IB/GT

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

    English IV -On Level
     
    *Free Choice
     
     

    English IV AP

     
    *Free Choice - Read two student choice novels of literary merit.
     
     
     
    English IV AP/GT Phoenix
     
    *Free Choice - Read two student choice novels of literary merit.
     

    Assignment

    English IV IB

    AND
     
    English IV IB/GT

    *Free Choice - Nonfiction

    Assignment

     
     
     

    CHOOSING BOOKS
    - for *Free Choice selections

    Students choose at least one school appropriate and age appropriate book (fiction or nonfiction) that has not been previously read. The book(s) may be chosen from book lists that are widely available on the Internet.  For ideas of titles that may interest you, refer to the following sites:

    www.fmsenglish.com
     
    Consider accessing the City of Allen Library, Overdrive, and/or local bookstores. New, used, or electronic books are acceptable.
     
    Note: It is not required that the book be purchased. Library checkout is an acceptable option.

    AS YOU READ
    Readers should consider these questions as they read:

    - Why did I choose this book?

    - What about it holds my interest? What about it did I like?

    - How/why would I recommend this book to someone?

    - How could I summarize this text to share it with others?


    WHEN SCHOOL BEGINS

    When school begins, students will need to know:
       - Title
       - Author
       - Genre
       - Summary of the text