2016 AWHS Summer Reading Information

Schoolwide Summer Reading:

All students, from Grade 7-12, read the same book*. We will have several events in the school related to the themes and material from the book. In June, there will be a choice of assignments for students to complete posted to the website. Since this is a community-wide endeavor, we encourage our parents to read this book as well!

Book: Michael J. Tougias & Casey Sherman, The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue.

This is the Young Adult version of The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue. Students may elect to read the full adult version, but it is not necessary.  Also, this book was recently adapted as a major motion picture. There are substantive differences between the movie and the book so it is imperative to read the book (aside from the fact that the story is compelling and very crisply written).

Download The Finest Hours Assignment Sheet

If you have any questions in regards to AWHS Summer reading (Grades 9-12), please contact Mrs. Adams (jamieadams@awhs.org).

*All summer reading books can be purchased at MBS Direct, from our online school bookstore, or at any other bookseller.


Freshman

Download The Freshman Summer Reading Assignment Sheet

READ
College Preparatory and Accelerated
CHOOSE either - CHOOSE either -  Markus Zusak, The Book Thief OR Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War OR Gennifer Choldenk, Al Capone Does My Shirts

Honors
In addition to one of the books above, CHOOSE either -  Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist OR Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

ASSIGNMENT
For each book that the student reads, he or she must write and epilogue to the story. This is an addition in which you explain what happens to the character(s) after the story ends. It is meant to be a creative assignment that demonstrates the students understand what happened in the book and that flows from the narrative. The assignment must be typed, double spaced, in a 12pt font and at least one-page in length. There will also be a graded in-class discussion on the summer reading.

Freshman Foreign Language

Spanish (all classes)                    Patricia Beatty, Lupita Mañana                      

French (all classes)                     Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

 


Sophomores

READ
College Preparatory and Accelerated
CHOOSE either - My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult OR A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein

Honors
In addition to one of the books above, CHOOSE either - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd OR The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

ASSIGNMENT
Write a typed, one-page epilogue, or an addition to the end of the story in which you explain what happens to the character(s) after the book ends.  This will be collected on the first day of class.  There will also be a graded class discussion at the beginning of the year in which you be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the book(s) you read.


Juniors

READ
College Preparatory and Accelerated
CHOOSE either - Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald OR The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Honors
In addition to one of the books above, CHOOSE either - A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving OR The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

ASSIGNMENT
Write a typed, one-page epilogue, or an addition to the end of the story in which you explain what happens to the character(s) after the book ends.  This will be collected on the first day of class.  There will also be a graded class discussion at the beginning of the year in which you be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the book(s) you read.


Seniors

READ
College Preparatory and Accelerated
CHOOSE either - Teacher Man by Frank McCourt OR 1984 by George Orwell

Honors
In addition to one of the books above, CHOOSE either - The Life of Pi by Yann Martel OR Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

ASSIGNMENT
Write a typed, one-page epilogue, or an addition to the end of the story in which you explain what happens to the character(s) after the book ends.  This will be collected on the first day of class.  There will also be a graded class discussion at the beginning of the year in which you be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the book(s) you read.


7th Grade Summer Reading

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Download Grade 7 Summer Reading Assignment Sheet


8th Grade Summer Reading

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Download Grade 8 Summer Reading Assignment Sheet

If you have any questions in regards to AWHS Summer reading (Grades 7&8), please contact Ms. Bois (kbois@awhs.org).