Chicopee High School Grade 12--Summer Reading List and Assignments
Grade 12 students taking either Honors or College Preparatory English at Chicopee High School are required to read and complete a reading log on two (College Preparatory) or three (Honors) of the following books. Students are asked to borrow from the public library or purchase the books if they choose to own them instead.
In this New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death, Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope. " ISBN-13: 9780142415573
Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Ashers passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination. Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic. ISBN-13: 9781400031047 "I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975." So begins The Kite Runner, a poignant tale of two motherless boys growing up in Kabul, a city teetering on the brink of destruction at the dawn of the Soviet invasion. Despite their class differences, Amir, the son of a wealthy businessman, and Hassan, his devoted sidekick and the son of Amir's household servant, play together, cause mischief together, and compete in the annual kite-fighting tournament -- Amir flying the kite, and Hassan running down the kites they fell. But one day, Amir betrays Hassan, and his betrayal grows increasingly devastating as their tale continues. Amir will spend much of his life coming to terms with his initial and subsequent acts of cowardice, and finally seek to make reparations. ISBN-13: 9781594480003 Khaled Hosseini's follow-up to The Kite Runner does not disappoint. Set like its predecessor in war-torn Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns uses that tumultuous backdrop to render the heroic plight of two women of different generations married to the same savagely abusive male. Born out of wedlock, Mariam was forced to marry 40-year-old Rasheed when she was only 15. Then, 18 years later, her still childless husband angrily takes an even younger wife. Hosseini renders the story of Mariam and her "sister/daughter," Laila, with persuasive detail and consummate humanity. Their abject situation leaves them no emotional space for idle philosophizing; their resistance is from the very core of their being. Truly must-read fiction. ISBN-13: 9781594483851 Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face. Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic. ISBN-13: 9781595141880 In Life of Pi, the Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. ISBN-13: 9780156030205
Grade 12 Summer Reading Assignment
Have you ever read a page, or a chapter, and realized that you did not comprehend what you just read? Everyone has had this experience and it can be quite frustrating, but you have probably learned by now that the best way to read a book is not to simply open the book and let your eyes just see the words on the page. Instead, questioning, recalling, identifying and reflecting increases our understanding. These techniques, or interactions, increase our ability to remember what we read.
In order to get the most out of the summer reading books and to best prepare for this school year and the summer reading assessment in September, you will be using interactive reading strategies in your reading log.
Directions: As you read your summer reading books, you are going to keep a two-column reading log for each book. To set up the log: 1. Fold a sheet of lined paper in half, or draw a line down the middle. 2. Use the left column to record names of characters, important events, and quotations. 3. Use the right column to record your reactions and opinions (commentary) of the items in the left column, which would include any questions you have. On the back of these instructions, there is an example of a completed reading log for The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. Use this sample log as a model as you work on your own. ***The reading logs (one for each book that you read) will be collected when you come to school in September and will count for 50% of your grade for the summer reading assignment, which is 10% of your first term grade in English. The good news is that your teachers will let you use your reading logs to complete your summer reading assessment (the other 50%), so take the logs seriously. Minimum requirements for each reading log: - List all main characters with some reflection. Who are they and what do you think of them? - List the main events with your reactions/ opinions. - Write out three cited (page number) quotations (phrases, sentences) with your explanation of their importance. - These notes must be handwritten, not typed. - These notes need to be thorough and thoughtful. Consider them an opportunity to make a good impression as a hard-working student. We look forward to working with you and hope that you get off to a good start in September.
Please note: this is only a sample page; it is not a completed reading log. Write your notes out by hand. Do not type them.
Sally Student Summer Reading Log The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton From the novel My reactions Ponyboy Curtis Darry Ponyboy almost got attacked by a bunch of rich kids. They go to the movies with some girls. It's okay. We aren't in the same class. Just don't forget that some of us watch the sunset, too (46).
He is fourteen years old and he belongs to this gang called the Greasers. His parents died in a car accident, so he lives with his brothers. He seems pretty smart but his brothers make fun of him. Ponyboy is also the guy telling the story. Who is Paul Newman? Darry is Ponyboys oldest brother. He looks up to Darry, and I can see why. Darry works all the time and they get to eat chocolate cake for breakfast. My brother is nothing like Darry, because he could never take care of me if anything happened to our parents. He was really lucky, because his gang friends showed up, but he should not have been walking alone. Ponyboy seems like a nice guy I think he wishes he could date one of the rich girls. I do not like Dally. He seems like a troublemaker. Ponyboy said this to Cherry. I think this is an important quotation, because it shows that Ponyboy realizes that people are all the same rich or poor. We all live under the same sun.