2018 AWHS Summer Reading Information

Archbishop Williams’ goal for the secondary summer reading program is to encourage independent reading while students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to connect thematically to writing throughout the upcoming school year.

Dear Parents,

    In order for students to maintain academic readiness for the upcoming school year, students must continue to be engaged in academic activities throughout the summer.  Independent reading is an excellent way to achieve this goal.  Independent reading also develops academic confidence and teaches vocabulary in context, which improves writing.  Silent, sustained reading for an hour or two in one sitting is a basic expectation in college.  This extended amount of reading time must be practiced regularly for students to be prepared for the rigorous demands of college, and this is why AWHS students are expected to practice this skill throughout the summer.  Incoming AWHS 9-12 grade students will, from the provided list, choose a book for the class they will be taking in the fall.  They will then complete the thematic notebook for the book they selected which will be due the second Friday of the school year.

    The most effective way to engage students in independent reading is to allow them to select books they want to read.  In the summer and throughout the school year, students will have many opportunities to select their own book.  Finding the right book should be a collaborative effort between the student, the teacher, the parent, and possibly the school library media specialist.  Teachers may recommend book that they have personally read and those they have not; this is the case in all libraries.  Even if a book is teacher recommended, there is no way that a teacher can assess every detail for its appropriateness for your child.  Because all family values are different, a teacher will not place a tight filter on what your child chooses to read, and as educators, we are asking for your support of us in this endeavor by being the one to help your child select the book that best fits with family’s values.  It is our hope that you will talk to your child about what he/she is reading and discuss the topics, situations, and circumstances that the reading describes.  

    Over the summer, should you need further guidance on the selection of books or have other questions, please contact jamieadams@awhs.org.

Sincerely,

Jamie Adams, M.A.
English Department Chair
 

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


School Wide

All grades are required to read Carry On by Lisa Fenn. Assignments for this reading will be given out at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

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7th Grade

7th Grade Summer Reading

“If we encounter a man of great intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading is an essential part of our curriculum at Archbishop Williams. In order to further our students’ education, each student is required to continue to read throughout summer vacation. Our goal is that all students will develop a real appreciation of quality literature. Parents are encouraged to discuss the books and/or read along with their student. Summer reading can be a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time reading and discussing some great characters, cultural and historical settings, and the life lessons portrayed in the novel. There is one book that students are required to read this summer for their Language Arts class: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

The theme of literature for seventh grade is courage, faith, and survival in society and A Long Walk to Water is no different. As you read the novel, complete the questions in this packet (see Focus Correction Areas (FCAs) below for guidelines). You will be tested on the required reading using multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions in the first weeks of school.

Required Language Arts Reading: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park Some important stuff to remember…
This book report form will count as a quiz grade for Term 1.
It is due the second Friday of the school year.
For each school day that it is late, 5 points will be deducted.
If you are confused about any of the directions, or have general questions, you can e-mail me at jamieadams@awhs.org

Happy Reading! Sincerely,
Jamie Adams
English Department Chair
 

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

8th Grade

8th Grade Summer Reading

Reading is an essential part of our curriculum at Archbishop Williams. In order to further our students’ education, each student is required to continue to read throughout summer vacation. Our goal is that all students will develop a real appreciation of quality literature. Parents are encouraged to discuss the books and/or read along with their student. Summer reading can be a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time reading and discussing some great characters, cultural and historical settings, and the life lessons portrayed in the novel. There is one book that students are required to read this summer for their Language Arts class: Refugee by Alan Gratz.

The theme of literature for eighth grade is overcoming prejudice and breaking free of expectations (both high and low) and Refugee is no different. As you read the novel, complete the flow charts on the subsequent pages, following these directions:

  1. Choose four quotations from Refugee that represent a theme from the novel and write each one in the quote box, citing the page number where you found it.
  2. Answer the three questions about each quotation in the boxes provided. All responses should be at least three complete sentences, written neatly with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

This assignment is due the second Friday of the school year. It will be evaluated using the following rubric and entered into Term 1 as a quiz grade worth 60 points. If you have any questions while completing this assignment, please e-mail Mrs. Jamie Adams at jamieadams@awhs.org.  Happy reading! 
 

Freshman

9th Grade Summer Reading

Choose one book from the list below.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Stupid Fast by Geoff Habech
Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Sergi
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale
Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 

Sophomore

10th Grade Summer Reading

Choose one book from the list below.

Outcasts United by Warren St. John
The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier’s Account of The War in Iraq by John Crawford
Hold in My Life by Jack Gantos
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Weir
Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Raich
Leaving Protection by Will Hobbs
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
A Free Life by Ha Jin
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Joy Luck Club By Amy Tan
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Junior

11th Grade Summer Reading

Choose one book from the list below.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Where Men Win Glory - the Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy
From the Inside Out: Harrowing Escapes from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center by Erik O. Ronnigen
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
Leaving Home: Stories edited by Hazel Rochman
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
Our America: Life and Death on the Southside of Chicago by LeAlan Jones & Lloyd Newman
Mexican White Boy by Matt De La Pena
The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylen
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel by Fannie Flagg
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Senior

12th Grade Summer Reading

Choose one book from the list below.
 

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Girls Like Me by Lola StVil
When the Moon Was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
Only What We Could Carry by Lawson Fusao Inada
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
If You Came Softly by Jaqueline Woodson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Saint Anything by Sara Desssen
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Black Boy by Richard Wright
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
 

AP English

AP Literature and Composition Summer Work

Each AP Literature and Composition student must read all of the following novels and complete a dialectical journal.* A hard copy will be collected on the first day the class meets. 

1. The Turn of the Screw  by Henry James
2. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
4. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

Attached is a sample of the dialectical journal that the AP Literature students must complete for each novel read over the summer.  

AP Literature students DO NOT need to complete any additional summer assignments for English class.

AP Literature students DO need to complete the school-wide summer reading assignment.

The dialectical journals will be collected the first day the students meet for class.  If a student does not complete the journals on time, they will not be permitted to remain in the course and will be moved to another English IV course that their schedule allows.

* A sample dialectical journal is posted on the website.  You must provide textual evidence from all points of the novel (beginning, middle, and end) in order to meet the requirement.