Summer Reading - 2014

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Grade 9

The required ninth grade interdisciplinary summer reading texts involve English, Introduction to Lab Sciences, and Ancient History classes.


  • Reading and annotating the three summer reading texts prior to the school year will help students build helpful background knowledge. These texts will also be used for lessons and assignments during the school year.
  • Students must purchase new books so that they can annotate them as they read.
  • For your convenience these texts are available from Classbook, found on the web at www.classbook.com.
8 Plus 1, Robert Cormier
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN 13: 9780440108389
ISBN 10: 0440208389
Archimedes and the Door of Science,Jean Bendick

ISBN 13: 9780141325286
ISBN 10: 1883937126


Tales of the Greek Heroes, Roger Lancelyn Green
Publisher: Puffin Classics
ISBN 13: 9780141325286
ISBN 10: 0141325283


Heroes, God and Monsters of the Greek Myths, Bernard Evslin
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN 13: 9780553259209
ISBN 10:0553259202

Grades 10-12 and PG (Postgraduates)

  • Required summer reading involves all English classes, and the Renaissance Florence class.
  • There are opportunities for Extra Credit Reading also. Please refer to the Extra Credit Summer Reading List.
  • It is strongly recommended that students purchase new books so that they can annotate them as they read. Post-it notes are also an option if the text is borrowed.
  • Your teacher will give an assignment during the first few days of school. Summer Reading counts for 10% of your first quarter English grade, about the equivalent of a test grade. Your annotated book will be a part of that assessment.
  • For your convenience these texts are available from Classbook, found on the web at www.classbook.com.

Laughing Without an Accent, Firoozeh Dumas
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN 13: 9780345499578
ISBN 10: 0345499573

Native Son, Richard Wright
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN 13: 978-0060533489
ISBN 10:006053348X

Bless Me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 13: 9780446600255
ISBN 10: 0446600253

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, by Ross King
ISBN: 10:0142000159
ISBN: 9780142000151


** Extra Credit Summer Reading ** 

If you read these books your teacher will give you the opportunity for extra credit!  See your teacher for details!

“I mean it’s very hard to meditate and live a spiritual life in America. People think you’re a freak if you try to.” - JD Salinger
Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0061148507
ISBN-13: 97800061148507

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” - Ray Bradbury
Farenheit 451,
Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 13: 9781451673319

Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott
ISBN-13: 978-0486272634
Longitude:The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Problem of His Time, Dava Sobel
ISBN-13: 9780802715296


Annotating simply involves marking the page as you read. Annotating is easy to do. You note what you think is important in the reading, what you think it means, and what ideas and questions it raises for you. You are to record your reactions to and questions about the text, directly on the page. Here are just a few ways to annotate a text:

- Highlight or underline key words, phrases or sentences

- Write comments or questions in the margins

- Bracket important packages

- Connect related ideas with lines or arrows

- Number related points in sequence

- Make note of anything that strikes you as interesting, important or questionable

- If you prefer, you can use sticky notes to record your reactions and place them in the book. There is no right or wrong way to annotate. The simple act of marking the page as you read makes it more likely that you will read closely and attentively.

Axelrod, Rise B. & Cooper, Charles R., Reading Critically, Writing Well. Boston: Bedford, St. Martin's, 2002.

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