Summer Reading - 2016

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Grades 9 - 12 and PG (Postgraduates)

All Upper School students will read 1-2 books for their English class, and a book if they are in the Honors Renaissance Florence Class.


  • Actively read your assigned books = annotating them.
    Annotating simply means as you read, you mark the text in a way that will help you to talk about it later. You can highlight or underline key words, phrases or sentences, write comments or questions in the margins, bracket important passages, connect related ideas with lines or arrows, number related points in sequence, circle and define words you don’t know. Make note of anything that strikes you as interesting, important or questionable. Be sure to mark the text consistently throughout.
  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase new books so that you can write in them as you read. Post-it notes or writing notes in a notebook are options, 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.
  • Summer Reading counts for 10% of your first quarter English grade, about the equivalent of a test grade. Your annotated books will be a part of that assessment. Your English teacher will give you an assignment/project in the Fall. Have your book and your questions ready!


  • No annotations necessary for the Renaissance Florence summer reading book. Ms. McGann will email you a packet of questions for you to answer.

Renaissance Florence:
Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, Ross King
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint Edition (August 13, 2013)
ISBN 10:1620401932
ISBN13: 978162040193

For your English class:

English I:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 13: 978-0446310789
ISBN 10: 0446410786

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

English III:
The Adventures of Huck Finn, Mark Twain
Publisher: Bantam Classic
ISBN 13: 978-0-553-21079-8

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 13 978-0-316-01368-0
ISBN 10 0-316-01368-4

For your convenience, these texts are available from Classbook, found on the web at www.classbook.com.



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.

   Michael Morin
   Director of Upper School 
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3046

   Micky Achilli
   Registrar/Assistant to the
   Director of Upper School 

   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3047


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