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2020 Summer Reading List

FRESHMEN - CLASS OF 2024
 
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 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).
 
SOPHOMORES - CLASS OF 2023
 
All Sections of English II
Animal Farm by George Orwell (ISBN-10: 9780451526342)
 
Allegory (n.): A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
 
Students will have two assignments to complete as they read the novel, both due on the first day of class:
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 Post-It notes, which must have a detailed comment from you written on each that again reveal some kind of insight into character, plot, tone, theme, and/or symbols. For full credit, you must have at least 20 annotated bookmarks throughout the entirety of the book, numbered in order from 1 to 20.
 
2) Complete the table attached below: George Orwell uses animals to represent real political figures. His story is meant to symbolize a real government structure. Your job is to examine the animalistic qualities of each character and their role in the government farm. By evaluating their position in the society and the ways that they behave like an animal, you should gain an understanding of Orwell's attitude towards different government roles.
JUNIORS - CLASS OF 2022
 
AP English III / Honors English III - America Experience / English III - Visions of America
All students will read Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (ISBN 978-0-316-76917-4) over the summer. A digital copy of instructions is attached below. Please read carefully through the document to understand expectations.
All Other Sections of English III
All students will read Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (ISBN 978-0-316-76917-4) over the summer. A digital copy of instructions is attached below. Please read carefully through the document to understand expectations.
SENIORS - CLASS OF 2021
 
Honors & AP English IV
Required Texts for Honors:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
 
Required Texts for AP:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
 
The requirement is that you read and enjoy the books. That being said, think about the occurrences of the literary terms  and concepts listed on the attachment below as you read. You will be assigned coursework on them in the first week of class.
 
English IV - The Individual in Society
The Color of Water - A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother by James McBride (ISBN-13: 978-1594481925)
 
The first semester of the school year is all about storytelling. You will ultimately be telling the story of your life, and you will learn and practice storytelling techniques by analyzing the masters. The book that you will read over the summer--The Color of Water by James McBride--is an example of expert storytelling. Click the link to watch the brief video below for an introduction to the author and his art. Pay particularly close attention to how he describes his process of creating, specifically as it relates to The Color of Water.
 
 
Students are required to read the book and have their own copy on the first day of school. Read and annotate focusing on characterization, specifically the characters of the author/narrator and his mother. Read this as a writer would, and be prepared to discuss the following questions:

What specific scenes show how the author "creates" his mother as a character?
What specific scenes depict how the author "creates" himself as a character?
 
There will be an analytical essay given during the first week of school related to these questions, so annotate in order to provide textual evidence to support your ideas.