Summer Reading 2017 - 10th Grade

  • APPLIED ENGLISH 10

    The following summer reading choices represent high interest young adult fiction appealing to a variety of readers.

    Applied Communications 10 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, you will complete five journal entries (see prompts below), either in hard copy or electronic format. Each journal entry should be at least five sentences in length.  Use the questions provided to get you started if you are unsure of what to write.  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 Prompts:

    Journal One: Discuss a character from the novel that you find intriguing.  What about the character interests you?  What role does the character play in the story?  Be sure to include any interesting details or qualities you learn about the character as you read.   

    Journal Two:  Locate one quote in the book and record it (include page number).  Analyze the meaning of the quote and explain its importance to the story.  How did this particular quote have an affect on your reading?  For example, did the author use it to foreshadow an event?  Was an important character trait revealed?  Was the quote used to pique your curiosity about a situation?

    Journal Three: Write about a personal connection you were able to make to some aspect of the book.  Did a character remind you of someone in your life?  Did something in the book happen that made you reflect on a similar personal experience?  Did the story inspire you to make a decision or change about something?  

    Journal Four:  Discuss your favorite or least favorite part of the book.  Be sure to explain why this part stood out to you.  Did it make you happy, sad, angry, etc.?  Were you surprised by what happened?  

    Journal Five:  Write a review of your book, providing a brief summary of the story.  Be sure to include if you would recommend it to other students.  On a scale of 1-5 (1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest) rate your book.  Be sure to explain why you would assign it that particular rating.   


    ENGLISH 10 CP – American Literature

    The tenth grade English course provides a study of American literature.  The following list of modern and contemporary works by American authors includes literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, and high-interest young adult fiction.

    English 10 CP 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, you will maintain a double-entry journal, either in hard copy or electronic format, including at least TEN key passages from your chosen novel.  (Please follow the sample format below.) Your journal should not simply summarize the text, but show your thinking and your responses to the reading.  Key passages should make someone unfamiliar with the book want to read it, or find out more about it.  Bring your journal with you on the first day of school.  You will be completing a summer reading project during the first week.

    Sample Double-Entry Journal Entries:

    From House on Mango Street

    Key Passage

    Metacognitive Log Response

    “The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom” (3).

    The point is she is listing situations that people who rent homes and apartments experience.  I made a connection to this because we used to live in an apartment that my mom rented when I was younger.  I started to think about how proud we were of our house once we bought it and realized that the character feels the same way in her new home.

    From “A Retrieved Reformation” (O.Henry):

    “With that act Ralph D. Spencer passed away and Jimmy Valentine took his place” (34).

    I felt confused at first because I didn’t understand how stuffing a rose in your pocket could make you die.  I realize now that the identity of Ralph D. Spencer that Jimmy possessed died metaphorically when Jimmy figured out he had to reveal his true identity as a safe-cracker.

    Metacognitive Log Prompts/Stems to help get you started:

    • I felt confused when…and so I…

    • I remembered that earlier in the text…

    • A word/some words I did not know:

    • I first thought…but then realized…

    • A connection I made:

    • A prediction I made was…because…

    • I was surprised when…because

     


    HONORS ENGLISH 10 – American Literature

    The tenth grade English course provides a study of American literature.  Each of the following modern and contemporary works by American authors focuses on major themes in 20th century American literature.

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

    Modern American Novels  (CHOOSE ONE NOVEL TO READ):

    American Drama (Read these THREE short plays):

    Directions:

    Students will complete two separate assessments on the assigned summer reading. Both assessments REQUIRE students to record detailed active reading notes that focus on character, theme, and rhetoric while completing their summer reading. Please see the “What to Read for” document on Mrs. Tocci’s webpage to adequately prepare for reading one of the above novels.  Additionally for the plays students will find a “before you read” guide that will assist them with cultural context before starting the play. Students MUST visit the HONORS 10 page before the end of the school year to access these documents.  PLEASE SEE Mrs. Tocci  IN ROOM 127 PRIOR TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

    IMPORTANT!

    You will be assessed on the required readings during the first week of school.

    Assessments will encompass all three plays, and a project on your chosen novel.