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Summer Reading

Christian Junior/Senior High School 
Summer Reading 2018

The phenomenon known as “summer slippage” has been well researched over several decades. There is a general learning loss from students during the summer months. Middle class students lose between one –three months of proficiency. In order to decrease the loss, summer reading programs are available nation-wide to prevent the achievement gap in the fall. At Christian Junior/Senior High School we have extended our reading curriculum into the summer. Unless in Honors or AP courses, students only read novellas or one major novel. The accompanied skill work, if any is minimal. The assessment is accomplished in the fall semester with teacher input. In our efforts to be wise stewards of your child’s education, we encourage your support and partnership.

Students enrolled in English classes are expected to read the following books and complete a graded evaluation of their summer reading assignment during the first week of fall semester, 2018; or, if indicated, complete the summer work packet that can be downloaded from the CUSSD website. Students in Honors or Advanced English classes that do not complete summer reading and written assignments as required, due the first day of class, will be considered for regular English class.

Students are required to purchase a physical copy of the books.  You will need a book for class at the beginning of the fall semester.

All required summer reading work packets (7th grade, Honors 11 and AP English) are available to download and print from the links below.  If there isn't a link, there is no work for the course.

Summer reading selections are as follows:

JUNIOR HIGH

Entering 7th gradeTreasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Students MUST complete a study guide packet, and bring a hard copy of the novel Treasure Island, by Robert L. Stevenson, on the first day of school. You may find a paperback version (unabridged, 304 pages, 34 chapters) at Barnes and Noble for approximately $7.00. The popular choice for students is ISBN: 978-1-593-08247-5.  Treasure Island Summer Reading Assignment
 

Entering 8th grade:  Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss

Advanced 8th grade:  Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss

Note to all incoming 8th grade:  Incoming Eighth grade students MUST purchase the Bantam Classic version of the novel, Swiss Family Robinson, ISBN # 978-0-553-21403-1.  This version is very different from the Disney film and other versions, so please be diligent to order the right copy, and have it completed by the first day of school.   Be prepared for an objective test on the novel as well as a major project upon your return to school in August.  Project details will be discussed within the first two days of school.

HIGH SCHOOL

Entering 9th grade:  All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque.  Students must have a hard copy the first day of class with them and you will take a test on the book.

Honors 9th grade:   All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson.  Students must have a hard copy the first day of class with them and you will take a test on the book.

Entering 10th grade:  Lord of the Flies, William Golding.  The ISBN that students can look up online is 0-8124-1611-2 for purchasing the book. Students must have a hard copy the first day of class with them and will take a test on the book.  There is no additional work required over the summer, simply read.

Honors 10th grade: Read:  Cry, the Beloved Country. The ISBN for the required edition is 0-7432-6217-4    and Lord of the Flies, William Golding.  The ISBN for Lord of the Flies is 0-8124-1611-2 for purchasing the book. Assessment will also be given upon return to school.

Entering 11th grade: Read: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway and The Pearl by John Steinbeck.  Assessments will follow upon return to school.  Be sure to have a physical copy of the book in hand.

Honors 11th:  Read: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway, The Pearl by John Steinbeck. Assessment will follow upon return to school.  Also read Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451 Summer Assignment  

Entering 12th grade:  Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad. Assessment will be upon return to school.

AP English: Read Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte and The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde AP English .    

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