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Summer Reading 2018

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 2018-19 summer reading list which supports the Holy Cross core value of Integrity.  

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 10, 2018. 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
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)

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Sophomores
  • 10LSP
    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • 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
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11A
    • TWO texts from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11IB
    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 11AP Lang
    • Evicted by Matthew Desmond
    • One text 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
    • TWO texts from the summer reading list below (see list)
  • 12A
    • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arther Conan Doyle
    • 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 Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
    • One text from the summer reading list below (see list)

Summer Reading List

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Alive
by Piers Paul Read
Non-Fiction

The story of the Uruguayan rugby team’s ten weeks in the Andes mountains.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Non-Fiction

Lacks’ cancer cells are removed from her body and join the world of science and still influence research today.  Is it the right thing to do?
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson
Non-Fiction

His account of his work to find justice for people treated unfairly by the justice system in the U.S., including those wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for murder.
Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion
by Father Gregory Boyle
Non-Fiction
Fr. Boyle employs & rehabilitates LA gang members.
West with the Night
by Beryl Markham
Memoir/Biography

The memoir of Markham’s life in Kenya. As the first female bush pilot, Markham tells a compelling story.
A Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela
Memoir/Biography

The autobiography of the South African President  focuses on his early life, education, and years in prison.
Educated
by Tara Westover
Memoir/Biography

The story of a woman’s journey from her childhood with her survivalist family to a Cambridge-educated Ph.D.
12 Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup (published 1853)
Memoir/Biography

The true story of Solomon Northup, born and raised as a freeman in New York. He lived the American dream, with a house and a loving family.  Then one day he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in the deep south. These are the true accounts of his twelve hard years as a slave.
The Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck
Fiction

The widow of a German man who attempted to assassinate Hitler preserves his legacy but struggles to nurture relationships while upholding her ideologies and biases.
Underground Airlines
by Ben Winters
Fiction

Set in Indianapolis in modern times, but The Civil War never occurred. As a result, slavery remained legal in the “Hard Four” (four southern states). Narrated by an escapee who must work as somewhat of a bounty hunter and struggling with his moral dilemma.
I am a Messenger
by Marcus Zusak
Fiction

A college dropout finds notes that send him on missions to help people in his community. He learns to value himself by taking risks for others.
One-in-a-Million Boy
by Monica Wood
Fiction

The story of a unique friendship between 104-year old Ona and an 11-year old boy who is sent to help her every Saturday morning.
My Mother the Cheerleader
by Robert Sharenow
Fiction

Set in New Orleans in 1960, this book, a young girl must face the truth about her mother’s past and her own life.
Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher
Fiction

The story of a group of outcasts who take on injustice in their high school and fight for dignity.
Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
Fiction

This speculative fiction follows a young slave as she escapes the south on the underground railroad that is, actually, a railroad under the ground.
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida
by Victor Martinez
Fiction

This novel tells the story of a Mexican-American boy's coming of age in the face of poverty, abuse, and cultural discrimination.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
by Thornton Wilder
Fiction

A rope bridge collapses in Peru, killing 5 people.  Brother Juniper, a Franciscan monk and witness to the event, investigates the lives of the 5 victims in an attempt to understand God’s will.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Fiction

A fantasy novel about two 13-year old friends and their nightmarish experiences with a traveling carnival.

Summer Reading Assessment 2018-19
-- Holy Cross Core Value: Integrity

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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 2018

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 10, 2018. 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
  • Two 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: At least 250 words per entry. Please indicate (word count) at the end of each entry.

Topics:

  1. How does this text reflect the Holy Cross core value of Integrity?
  2. Connect the work to another idea/book/current event.  How are they similar? How are they different?
  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. What did you learn from your reading of this book?  How did this book change or affect your thinking?
  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 250+ words requirement), and explain why it is memorable.
  8. Everything ends—fiction or nonfiction.  Did you find the conclusion satisfying? Would you change anything?

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

Entry 1
MLA, Writing Standards

5

 

4.2

 

0

Entry 1
Content

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.4, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

0

Entry 1
Quote Usage

5

     

0

Entry 2
MLA, Writing Standards

5

 

4.2

 

0

Entry 2
Content

10, 9.5, 9.3

9.2, 9, 8.7

8.4, 8.2, 7.8

7.7, 7.4, 7.0

0

Entry 2
Quote Usage

5

     

0

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