Summer Reading Assignments

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7th GRADE  Class of 2029   

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Read:  The Incredible Journey  by Sheila Burnford

Complete these questions: 

The Incredible Journey questions     

 

8TH GRADE  CLASS OF 2028

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Read:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Complete this assignment: 

The Outsiders one pager blank template

The Outsiders one pager directions

 

9TH GRADE—CLASS OF 2027 (two books)

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Read:  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Complete these assignments: 

Farragut And Then There Were None, Character Ch…

And Then There…Discussion Questions 2023 Summ…

Read:  Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus  by Katie Prejean

Complete this assignment: Follow assignment

 

10th GRADE—  CLASS OF 2026 (two books- one required and one chosen from list)

Required

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Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  As you read, create a double-entry journal.  Your journal will be due on August 7, 2023.  Instructions for creating your double entry journal are HERE.  You will record 1 entry for every 3 chapters which will be a total of 20 entries.  Please see the attached instructions for a grading rubric and assignment checklist.  Please ensure that your responses are written in complete sentences and your analysis is appropriate for a student in the 10th grade. 

 

Directions: Choose one of the books below.  Then follow the directions per book for the assignment. 

    1. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

         Assignment: Create an escape room in google forms. Directions here.

         3 questions per form

         3 forms

  2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

      Assignment: Bloom Ball Project

      Follow the directions on the document for how to create a bloom ball.  This should be reflective and creative of your analysis of the book. 

  3.   The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

        Assignment: Bloom Ball Project

        Follow the directions on the document for how to create a bloom ball.  This should be reflective and creative of your analysis of the book. 

 

AP Language and Composition Summer Assignments (four assignments)

** AP Lang does NOT do other summer reading, only what is on this list.**

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What is AP Language and Composition and what is the objective of the course? 

AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style (AP English Language and Composition Course – AP Central | College Board, n.d.).

Note. Make a copy of the google docs before typing on the notes. 

  1. You should recognize these terms.  A test will be given on the first day of school. 
  1. Students should read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and take nonfiction Cornell notes     per chapter. 

Synthesis essay upon returning to school.

  1. Students should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and keep Fiction Cornell notes per chapter. 

Socratic Seminar upon returning to school. 

  1. Step 1: Watch or read a CNN AND Fox News broadcast/article noting bias.  Step 2: Highlight the bias. Step 3: Rewrite a NEUTRAL news report.  Step 4: Explain the impact of the bias in each news story to the overall meaning.  

 

11TH—CLASS OF 2025 (two books – one required and one chosen from list)

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Required Book:  Grit  by Angela Duckworth

Take notes while reading the book.  Annotate in the book or use Cornell notes. 

Essay to be completed upon returning to school 

 

Choose  ONE of the following:

  1. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

         Assignment: Write a Memoir

          Times New Roman font

          12 point

          Double space

         3 Full pages

In the essay, write about a time when you wished you had more time.  In addition to this, you need to write about the lesson you learned from the book using specific evidence from the book. Lastly, write about what you wish to do with the time you have here on earth. 

 

      2.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

        Assignment: Literature Circle Questions

        Follow the directions on the document and answer the questions. 

 

  1. The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon 

       Assignment: Write a Memoir

       Times New Roman font

       12 point

       Double space

       3 Full pages

Write an essay explaining what you have learned from the book using specific evidence from the book.  You should incorporate Jon Gordon’s rules for life. You will also write about a time when you should have applied one of these rules to your life. 

  1. A Teen’s Game Plan for Life by Lou Holtz

          Assignment: Write a Memoir

          Times New Roman font

          12 point

          Double space

          3 Full pages

Write an essay explaining what you have learned from the book using specific evidence from the book.  You should incorporate Lou Holt’s game plan for success.  You will also write about a time when you should have applied one of these rules to your life. 

 

English IV—  CLASS OF 2024

Both books are required. 

 

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The Stranger by Albert Camus

Assignment: Bloom Ball Project

Follow the directions on the document for how to create a bloom ball.  This should be reflective and creative of your analysis of the book. 

 

Things Fall Apart 

Assignment: Bloom Ball Project

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Composition II  CLASS OF 2024 (both readings are required)

 

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Dialectical Journal

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Abridged in Modern English)

  • The Prologue
  • Nun’s Priest’s Tale
  • Knight’s Tale
  • Lawyer’s Tale
  • Wife of Bath’s Tale

The Canterbury Tales assignment- summer

 

DUAL CREDIT PSYCHOLOGY

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Welcome to Dual Credit Psychology. . I am certain that you will find this course worthwhile and personally relevant. Although it is the summer, there is some work to be done to prepare us for the 2023-2024 school year.  Complete all assignments using Google Documents, and email them to me. Thanks!

 

Assignment #1       Due:  June 12, 2023

Go to the website:  https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types

 (Links to an external site.)

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Take the personality quiz.  Write a paragraph explaining your personality type and another paragraph explaining why you agree or disagree with the results.  Use specific details.

Continue this assignment by answering the following questions in paragraph form:

  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?
  • In what extracurricular activities are you involved?
  • What are your career plans?
  • What are your goals?
  • What is your reason for taking this course?
  • What other courses are you taking?

#’S 2, 3, AND 4 are due the first day of school.

Assignment #2 – Outliers (There is a pdf version of this book).

Read Chapters 2, 3, and 9 of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and answer the following

questions. 

Chapter Two: The 10,000-Hour Rule.

  1. Explain the 10,000-Hour Rule.
  2. Gladwell brings up the question of “Is there such a thing as innate talent”? What do you believe with this concept? Where in your life have you thought about this and how it may have been a factor in your own success?
  1. Is 10,000 hours really the magic number of greatness?
  2. What type of person would be able to fulfill these practice requirements?
  3. Do you agree with Gladwell’s theory regarding The Beatles’ success?

Chapter Three: The Trouble With Geniuses, Part 1

  1. Describe the difference between ‘divergence testing’ and ‘convergence testing’. Is one

more significant than the other?

  1. Gladwell states that communities and companies in American society “are convinced that those at the very top of the IQ scale have the greatest potential.” After reading the chapter, explain why you either agree or disagree with this statement.
  1. Describe the importance of Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan. What do you feel have been the results of this?
  1. What is the significance of test scores vs. quality of student? How does this relate to your own test-taking ability?

 

Chapter Nine: Marita’s Bargain

  1. What are the major differences between Asian and US notions in regards to work ethic as it relates to education in the early 19th century?
  1. What is the significance of summer vacation for students in elementary school?
  2. In this chapter Gladwell explains how he has found “success follows a predictable course”, what has this course been as it relates to Marita?

 

Assignment #3 – TED

 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas in short, powerful talks in 18 minutes

or less. TED is an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design. I have sifted through the

psychology section of TED and found 12 “talks” that could be of interest. Of these twelve you

are to watch any two of your choosing. After listening to these lectures, you will provide a one

paragraph summary of each. Feel free to incorporate your opinion of the talk and discuss terms

or ideas you found interesting or confounding.

 

Philip Zimbardo: The Psychology of Evil

Dan Ariely: Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions?

Elizabeth Loftus: How Reliable is Your Memory

Susan Cain: Power of Introverts

Emily Esfahani Smith: There’s More to Life Than Being Happy

Kang Lee: Can You Really Tell if a Kid is Lying?

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Amy Cuddy: Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Dan Gilbert: Surprise Science of Happiness

Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar

Ben Ambridge: 10 Myths About Psychology Debunked

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

#4 

Read Part 1 of Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning (Make sure you have the teen/young reader’s edition).  Take notes on the book. 

 

AP Biology

 

Students,

If you are taking this course, you need to come to the school to pick up your assignment.

Please email Mrs. Cloud with any questions:  ecloud@stpatrickhighschool.net