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2021 Summer Reading List

Pre-AP English I
Incoming Pre-AP English I freshmen are required to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ISBN-10:0375842209) in preparation for their first year at CBC. Students are also required to bring their own copy of the book on the first day of school.
Read and enjoy the novel. Additional assignments include annotating the text (making notes in the margins, underlining, and highlighting) while they read. Students should be able to summarize the plot, discuss the different points of view used in the novel, and analyze theme and character development. They will be responsible for this material when they report to school in the fall. The book will serve as the starting point for the Pre-AP Language Arts curriculum.
English I - Literacy in Practice
All non-honors level freshmen enrolled in the non-honors section of English I will read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (ISBN-9780439023528). Students must have their own copy of the book.
Assignment: Students must complete the reading before the first day of school, as the novel will serve as the starting point of the freshman Language Arts curriculum. Students are encouraged to take notes in the text as they read. They will find it helpful if they keep notes and annotate as they are reading since they will be responsible for this material when they report to school in the fall. An understanding of the following will be needed for class on the first day of school: plot, characters (descriptions and development), and theme (meaning).
Pre-AP English II
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (ISBN-10: 0399501487)
Complete the following as you read the novel:
1) Complete the dialectical journal (2 entries per chapter).
2) Complete the discussion questions.
Click the link HERE to view specific instructions and to obtain the dialectical journal.
All Other Sections of English II
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (ISBN-10: 0399501487)
Students enrolled in English II have the option to either complete the dialectical journal (using the Pre-AP English instructions above) or the following assignment:
1) Annotations:  As you read the book, highlight or otherwise mark key passages that reveal insights into character, plot, tone, theme, and / or symbols. Then, mark these passages with "sticky" notes, which must have a detailed comment from you written on each.  Each comment must reveal some kind of insight into character, plot, tone, theme and / or symbols.  To earn full credit, you must have at least 20 annotated bookmarks throughout the book, numbered in order from 1-20.
2) Be prepared to discuss the similarities and differences that you find while thinking about Lord of the Flies by William Golding and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

All Junior students will read Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (ISBN 978-0-316-76917-4) over the summer. Students will be required to complete a dialectical journal as they read. Students were given a journal in May. However, a digital copy of instructions is attached below. Please read carefully through the document to understand expectations. A printed, completed version of this journal is due the first day of school--Thursday, August 12.
Click and review the appropriate document below based on your level of English IV.  Each document includes unique instructions related to Summer Reading for Seniors.