14 Jun 2017 Summer Reading
All students (returning and new) are required to do the summer reading program. All students will choose to read one of the novels at the bottom of this chart along with the selected grade level book for a total of two books. (Students in AP History will have an additional book as well.)
Students will complete a writer’s notebook using a standard composition notebook as they read the novel and they should bring both summer reading books and the writer’s notebook to class the first few weeks of school. Ideas for writer’s notebook are below in the download.
Writers Notebook Ideas (Click to open)
Any questions regarding summer reading can be directed to Mr. Eickstead or Mrs. Popp.
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World by John Higham
Much more than a travel narrative 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World is a glimpse at what it means to be a “global citizen”—a progressively changing view of the world as seen through the eyes of an American family of four.
Napoleon’s Buttons – How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur
Napoleon’s Buttons is the fascinating account of 17 groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
“…a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge”
No One Ever Told Us That by John D. Spooner
“John D. Spooner has been carefully crafted a series of essential life lessons that every young person just out of college or high school needs to read before they embark upon their own life’s adventures.”
All Grades Choice (Choose 1 from the following)
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
“This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results.”
The Color of Water by James McBride
“the story of James McBride and his white, Jewish mother Ruth. … the daughter of an itinerant rabbi and a loving, disabled mother who spoke no English. At 17, Ruth fled the South, landed in Harlem, married a black man in 1941, founded a church, was twice widowed and raised 12 children in New York City. “
The Boys in the Boat by James Brown
“out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.”
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
“Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—“
AP US History Summer Reading (Click to open)
Any questions regarding AP US History can be directed toward Mr. Biedinger.