Summer Reading 2017- 9th Grade

  • APPLIED ENGLISH 9

    The following high interest young adult novels represent works by authors previously exposed to students.

    Applied Communications 9 students should choose ONE of the following books to read:

    Starred* titles are available in electronic book form on Overdrive.  See our school library website for more information.

     

    • As you read, complete five journal entries using the prompts below.
    • Either use pen and paper or type on a computer.
    • Each journal entry should total at least five sentences.  
    • The main question is followed by additional questions that MUST be answered in your entry.  
    • Bring your journal with you on the first day of school. 
    • You will be completing a summer reading assignment/project during the first week.

    Journal One: Which character did you find the most interesting?

    • What role does the character play in the story?
    • Why does the character interest you?  

    Journal Two: Which line in the book had the biggest impact on you (include page number)?

    • What is happening in the book when this line is mentioned?
    • How did this line impact you (how did it make you feel)?
    • Why did this line impact you (why did it make you feel that way)?

    Journal Three: How did you connect personally to the book?

    • What happened in the book when you made the connection?
    • What happened in your life that connected to the book?

    Journal Four:   What is your favorite or least favorite part of the book?

    • How is this part of the book important to the story?
    • Why is it your favorite or least favorite part?

    Journal Five: How would you rate the book on a scale of 1 (I hated it) to 5 (I loved it!)?

    • Why did you assign the book this rating?
    • Whether or not YOU liked it, to whom could you recommend this book?

    ENGLISH 9 CP – A Survey of Literature

    The ninth grade introductory English course provides a survey of various literary genres.  The following summer reading choices for students transitioning into the high school setting reflect common themes in fiction such as coming of age and transformation.  Works range from literary classics to high interest young adult fiction.

    English 9 CP students should choose any ONE of the following books to read:

    Starred* titles are available in electronic book form on Overdrive.  See our school library website for more information.

    Fantasy Fiction

    Adventure Fiction

    Science Fiction

      Modern Fiction

    ASSIGNMENT:

    As you read your Summer Reading book, take detailed, handwritten notes on the following:

    • Characters

      Example: List all the main characters, describe each, and note his/her role in the novel.

    • Setting

      Example: Where does the story take place, and how does the location affect the plot?

    • Plot

      Example: What is the story about? What is the major conflict in the story, and who is involved? How is it resolved?

    • Themes

      Example: What are some major themes in the novel, and what are the situations that exemplify those themes?

    Bring these notes to class on your first day of English class. We may collect these notes for a grade, so they should be on a piece of paper, NOT in electronic form. Also, you may be using these notes to review for an Assessment during the first week of school.


    HONORS ENGLISH 9 – A Survey of Literature

    The ninth grade introductory English course provides a survey of various literary genres.  The following summer reading choices for students transitioning into the high school setting reflect common themes in fiction such as coming of age and transformation.  Works range from literary classics to high interest young adult fiction.

    Honors English 9 students must read a TOTAL of TWO books:

    Starred* titles are available in electronic book form on Overdrive.  See our school library website for more information.

    1. CLASSIC FICTION (Required):

    You will be formally assessed on this required text during the first week of school.  To prepare for the assessment, follow these suggestions as you read: *

    • Read and comprehend surface level literary elements independently (i.e. plot, character, setting)

    • Arrive at a full understanding of deeper literary elements independently (i.e. symbolism, themes, etc.) This may require the use of outside sources—such as Sparknotes, Cliffs Notes or literary essays AS A SUPPLEMENT to reading the original work.

    • Record notes while reading for subsequent study and review. This may not be collected but will be extremely helpful in preparing for the assessments.

    • Reread difficult passages, and look up words in the dictionary for added clarification.

     

          2.   CONTEMPORARY FICTION (Choose ONE):

    ASSIGNMENT:

    As you read, take thorough notes on the following either in hard copy or electronic format. You should have at least two pages of notes. You will be using these notes to complete an assessment within the first two weeks of school:

    • Plot (Include the conflict and how it is resolved.)

    • Character (Include descriptions and roles.)

    • Setting (Include the location of story and its relevance.)

    • Themes (Include major themes and an example of each.)

    It would be a good idea to follow the specific suggestions from above.*