Summer Assignments

Listed below are summer reading assignments for the 2020-21 school year.  For questions regarding general summer reading assignments, please contact Ms. Wilkinson (ewilkinson@stpatrickhighschool.net).  For questions about AP or dual credit summer assignments, please contact the instructor of that course.

Grade 7

All students entering seventh grade will read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

Students should answer the following discussion questions about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Next, students should write a two-page summary (either typed or handwritten) of The Magician’s Nephew.

The completed assignments should be turned in to students’ theology teacher by Monday, August 10.

Students will be awarded a grade for these assignments in their theology, English, and social studies classes.  The content of these texts will be integrated into students’ theology, English, and social studies classes during the first few weeks of the school year.

The books may be checked out from a local public library, purchased from a local book store, or purchased online.

ISBN of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: 9780684856094
ISBN of The Magician’s Nephew: 0064471101

Grade 8

All students entering eighth grade will read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey and Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.

Students should answer the following discussion questions.

The completed assignments should be turned in to students’ theology teacher by Monday, August 10.

Students will be awarded a grade for these assignments in their theology, English, and social studies classes.  The content of these texts will be integrated into students’ theology, English, and social studies classes during the first few weeks of the school year.

The books may be checked out from a local public library, purchased from a local book store, or purchased online.

ISBN of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: 9780684856094
ISBN of Voyage of the Dawn Treader: 0064405028

Listed below are optional math review assignments for students to be prepared for the upcoming year’s math course.  These assignments are not required but may be helpful in preparing for the upcoming school year.

Grades 9-12

All students entering grades 9-12 will read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

Students should complete the summer reading assignments in Canvas. All summer reading assignments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. Late assignments submitted past the due date will receive a 10% grade deduction per day late.

Canvas login credentials for new students will be mailed.

Students will be awarded a grade for these assignments in their theology, English, and social studies classes.  The content of these texts will be integrated into students’ theology, English, and social studies classes during the first few weeks of the school year.

And Then There Were None

After reading And Then There Were None, students will answer the following questions.  While there is not a certain length required for each answer of the discussion questions, remember that quality is more important than quantity, and it is important to answer each question completely. Also, be sure to avoid plagiarism of any kind. Answers which are found on the internet, in other publications, or in other students’ work will receive no credit.

 

The Last Lecture

While reading The Last Lecture, answer each of the following questions on a Google Doc.  Your answers should be in complete sentences.  While there is not a certain length required for each answer, remember that quality is more important than quantity, and it is important to answer each question completely. Also, be sure to avoid plagiarism of any kind. Answers which are found on the internet, in other publications, or in other students’ work will receive no credit.

  1. How did you feel about Jai’s unhappiness over Pausch’s decision to give a last lecture—her concern that its preparation would divert precious time away from his children? Did you find yourself sympathizing or disagreeing with her? How would you have reacted as his wife?
  2. Discuss Pausch’s statement that “it’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way…the dreams will come to you.”
    • Do you think he’s right? Might the reverse be true—that only by working toward (and achieving) your dreams can you “lead your life the right way”?
    • Randy remembers his childhood dreams with clarity. Do you remember your childhood dreams—are they as vivid as his? And how important is it to hold onto your childhood dreams—might not they change over time?
  3. Does The Last Lecture make you rethink your own priorities—what you want out of life, your work, your friendships, your marriage? Does it make you re-evaluate—or confirm—the things you thought were important?
  4. If you had only six months to live (and adequate financial means), how would you spend the time left to you? Would you continue to work? Travel? Spend time with family and friends? Would you make changes in your day-to-day life or continue the life you’re living now?
  5. Pausch said he gave his lecture (not knowing it would attain such worldwide acclaim) so his children would have some memory or knowledge of their father. If you were faced with six months to live, how would you go about creating lasting memories? Is that an important concern—or is it self-serving or self-indulgent?
  6. Why is it that The Last Lecture has struck such a chord with people? Co-writer Zaslow says that “it’s because we’re all dying,” and that Randy’s fate is ours. Do you agree? Are there any other reasons?
  7. What passages in particular resonated with you? Which struck you—personally—as most profound or meaningful for your own life?

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These books may be checked out from a local public library, purchased from a local book store, or purchased online.

ISBN of And Then There Were None: 978-0062073488
ISBN of The Last Lecture: 978-0316335614

 

Also, listed below are optional math review assignments for students to be prepared for the upcoming year’s math course.  These assignments are not required but may be helpful in preparing for the upcoming school year.

Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit courses

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit courses have additional summer assignments.  These assignments are posted in students’ Canvas accounts and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020.  Canvas login credentials for new students will be mailed.  For questions regarding AP or Dual Credit summer assignments, please contact the instructor of the course through Canvas.