Summer Reading - 2015

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Grade 9

The required ninth grade interdisciplinary summer reading texts involve three books in total for your English and Ancient History classes. Simply READ the three summer reading texts prior to the school year to help build helpful background knowledge.

  • These texts will be used for lessons and assignments during the school year. Since 9th grade students will be taught annotating strategies in September, please purchase new books only, with the same ISBN number that is listed on www.classbooks.com. so that you can work with clean texts when you arrive for classes in the fall and be able to follow along with the same pagination as the rest of the class. If you want to annotate your summer reading, annotations can be made on Post-It notes or on separate paper.
  • Come to class in the fall with new, mark free books. Your only requirement is to READ them. You may read the books on any platform or device, but you are required to buy the actual book for class in the fall so that annotations can be added to that copy in class.
  • 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
War Between the Classics,Gloria D. Miklowitz
Publisher: Laurel Leaf, Reprint Edition (October 1, 1986)

ISBN 13: 9780440994060
ISBN 10: 0440994063

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.
  • Please read your assigned book closely and actively. Annotate the text; this will be a part of your summer reading assessment. It is strongly recommended that you purchase new books so that you can annotate them as you read. Post-it notes or writing notes in a notebook are an option, especially if you are using a Kindle or eBook or if the text is borrowed. If you are using one of St. Andrew’s eBooks from Follett available on our card catalog website you will be able to print your annotations.
  • There are opportunities for Extra Credit Reading also. Please refer to the Extra Credit Summer Reading List. 
  • 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

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin Classics Reissue Edition (March 28, 2006)
ISBN 13: 9780143039433
ISBN 10: 0143039431

The Other Wes Moore, One Name Two Fates, Wes Moore
Publisher: A Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbook
ISBN 13: 978-0-385528207
ISBN 10: 0385528205

Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, by Ross King
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint Edition (August 13, 2013)
ISBN 13: 978162040193
ISBN 10: 1620401932


** 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 involves marking the page as you read. You are to record your reactions to and questions about the text, directly on the page.

- 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.

Have your marginal notes comment on a variety of purposes. Make observations about the writing, reflect on how it might relate to you, note surprises or turns in events, mark topics for discussion. Note any questions you might have about the text, literally or analytically. Circle words you do not know, and look them up. Be sure to mark the text consistently throughout.

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

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