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Summer Reading 2017

The requirements have changed from past years, so please read carefully.

Cathedral High School’s English department promotes reading as a year-round activity. We are excited to share the 2017-18 summer reading list  which supports the Holy Cross core value of Hope.  

The texts listed have been selected by the English department and should be read thoughtfully.  Each grade/academic level is listed below.  Our different courses have some differences in requirements.  The summer reading entries are due Friday, August 11, 2017. You must have the journal entries completed, printed, and available on your iPads. These instructions follow the school-wide reading list below.  

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Liz Browning at lbrowning@gocathedral.com or Kathy Keyes at kkeyes@gocathedral.com, English department co-chairs.

Grade Level Requirements

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Freshmen
  • 9LSP
    • Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 9CP
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 9A
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 9X
    • Ready, Player, One by Ernest Cline
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
Sophomores
  • 10LSP
    • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 10CP
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 10A
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 10X
    • TWO texts from the summer reading list below (see list)
Juniors
  • 11LSP
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11CP
    • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  • 11A
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11IB
    • Little Bee by Chris Cleve
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11AP Lang
    • TWO texts from the summer reading list below (see list)
Seniors
  • 12LSP
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 12CP
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 12A
    • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 12AP Lit
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • Choose one from follow list:
      • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
      • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
      • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
      • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
      • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • 12IB
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 12ACP/Dual Credit
    • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by   Michael Pollan
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)

Summer Reading List

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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
by Michaela DePrince
Non-Fiction
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder
Non-Fiction
I am Malala
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
Memoir/Biography
A Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
Memoir/Biography
The Story of a Soul
by St. Therese of  Lisieux
Memoir/Biography
Charms for an Easy Life
by Kaye Gibbons
Contemporary Fiction
Ordinary Grace
by William Krueger
Contemporary Fiction
Where the Heart Is
by Billie Letts
Contemporary Fiction
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich
Contemporary Fiction
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
Classic Fiction
Inherit the Wind
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Classic Fiction
A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
Classic Fiction
Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Other
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King
Other
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Other
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Other

Summer Reading Assessment 2017-18
-- Holy Cross Core Value: Hope

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Expectations:
Students should use the MLA heading for their first journal. Modern Language Association (MLA) specifies a standard format for essays written in an academic setting:

  • One-inch page margins
  • Double-spaced paragraphs
  • 12-point font, Times New Roman
  • A right corner header with author's last name and page number one-half inch from the top of each page.
  • Name of author, name of teacher, title of course, date of paper on the left side of the first page of the paper. Sample can be found below:

Joe Student
Mrs. Smith
English 9A
1 August 2017

Students should save the typed version of their journals in Pages on iPad. These should be brought to school to submit to Schoology to check for originality. Teachers may also require students to print a paper copy of the journals.

Due Date: Friday, August 11, 2017. If students move classes, they will have to resubmit upon transferring.

Each journal entry must contain at least ONE piece of textual evidence (quotation from the book). Place quotation marks around the quoted material, then add an in-text citation. Quotations must be cited using the following format:
Author’s last name page number (Lee 21)

Journal Requirements for Each Book as Required by Grade/Academic Level:

  • MLA format
  • Four entries/text--student choice
  • While students may use first person, these journal entries should reflect their best writing and should consider the text as a whole, not just one section or chapter.
  • Standards of mechanics, spelling, and grammar apply.
  • Length: 100+ words per entry. Please indicate (word count) at the end of each entry.

Topics (choose four of the following--may choose to use a different combination for second text if required):

  1. Connect the work to another idea/book/current event. How are they similar? How are they different?
  2. How does this text reflect the Holy Cross core value of Hope?
  3. Choose a character. What is the significance of that particular character?
  4. Setting is essential to any text. How does the setting(s) influence the events in the text?
  5. In selecting your book, you had a preconceived idea about it. How did this text influence your perception? Were there any changes? Why or why not?
  6. Every work—fiction or nonfiction—has a turning point. What do you think is the turning point or climax of this work?
  7. Choose a passage that you find memorable. Maybe it involves the events of the story, maybe it involves really fine writing—provide the passage (doesn’t count toward the 100+ words requirement), and explain why it is memorable.
  8. Everything ends—fiction or nonfiction. Did you find the conclusion satisfying? Would you change anything?
  9. Why did you choose this work? Would you recommend this text to anyone else and why?

Rubric:
Each entry will contain one piece of textual evidence to be cited using MLA and should not come from only one section of the book.  The journals should reflect your understanding of the work as a whole. 

 

A

Excellent

B

Competent

C

Emerging

D

Inadequate

F

Missing

MLA, Writing Standards

5

 

4.3

 

0

Entry 1

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.6, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

0

Entry 2

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.6, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

0

Entry 3

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.6, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

0

Entry 4

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.6, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

 

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