Strong Rock Christian School English Department Summer Reading

2019 HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING:

Strong Rock Christian School’s English Department believes that reading is a valuable pursuit. In a culture inundated by social media, reading becomes an even more important part of the well-rounded student’s foundation as a learner, both now and in the future. As a college preparatory school, we recognize that colleges expect students to have read widely in the classics of literature; therefore, we continue to offer a summer reading program for students to exercise their independent reading skills.

The English Department does not necessarily endorse all the contents of every novel in its rich and varied collection of classic and modern literature. In order to meet certain academic standards and challenge students to improve their comprehension, vocabulary, and critical analysis skills, we must continue to offer material of varied genres, periods, and content. The position of Strong Rock Christian School is well understood to be in strict adherence to the doctrines and principles taught in the Holy Scriptures, and the English Department endeavors to present and study all literature from a Biblical perspective. With this philosophy in mind, teachers at each grade level select summer reading titles based on several factors, including college English department lists of books which well-prepared students should have read, the curriculum students will be studying throughout the next year, and anticipated interests of student readers. In each grade level, College Preparatory and Honors students are allowed to choose one selection to read from among three titles from a variety of genres. There is one nonfiction selection at each grade level. AP and Dual Enrollment students have selected titles and detailed related assignments.

In April 2019, teachers approved student placement for the appropriate level of English. The College Preparatory (CP) level class prepares students to meet the goals and expectations of the Strong Rock English curriculum. The Honors (H) level class focuses more on critical thinking/reading skills and covers material in greater depth than the CP level class. Advanced Placement (AP) level courses are college-level courses approved by the College Board that train students to read complex texts with greater understanding and to develop richness, clarity, and complexity in their own writing. The Dual Enrollment/College course partners SRCS curriculum with the curriculum of Point University and adheres to attendance policies of Point University. Students should read the appropriate texts assigned at each level. New students enrolled before July 1 will receive the appropriate summer assignment from the admissions office and will be expected to complete the assignments on time. Students enrolled after July 1 should begin the appropriate summer assignment immediately and consult with their English teacher by email to establish appropriate deadlines. With the possible exception of any student enrolled after July 1, students are expected to have their selected book read for the first day of the new school year. Teachers will test students the first or second day of the first week. Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment students will be expected to have their completed work the first day of class as well. Teachers will evaluate the summer reading assignments with several objective and creative assessments in the first two weeks of school. These grades will constitute up to one-third of the student’s first nine weeks average in English.

The grade level novel choices and any specified editions can be found on the link entitled Complete List 2018-19 located on the school website at the link entitled Summer Reading 2018-19.

2019-2020 Summer Reading Selections

NOTE: Students must purchase their own copy of the required novel(s) for summer assignments, honoring the specific ISBN number given as well as any specified edition. Novel choices are listed on the Summer Reading Complete List (See link at bottom).

Students enrolled in English I (9), English II (10), English III (11), and English IV (12) at the college preparatory level are required to choose ONE novel from their grade-level list to read over the summer. Though there is no assigned written work to accompany the reading, we highly recommend students annotate important elements as they read to help retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school. In the first two days of school, students will be tested over their book choice. In addition, during the first two weeks of the new school year, students will complete a collaborative project with others who have chosen the same text. The grades for these assignments will be part of the first nine weeks average.

Students enrolled in Honors English I (9), Honors English II (10), and Honors English III (11), are required to choose ONE novel from their grade-level list to read over the summer. Though there is no assigned written work to accompany the reading, we highly recommend students annotate important elements as they read to help retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school. In the first two days of school, students will be tested over their book choice. In addition, during the first two weeks of the new school year, students will complete a collaborative project with others who have chosen the same text. The grades for these assignments will be part of the first nine weeks average.

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (11) are required to read one novel and one nonfiction selection over the summer. On the first day of school, students will turn in specific assignments. During the first week, students will discuss elements within the novel, and be tested over the selection. The grades for these assignments will be part of the first nine weeks average.

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Literature (12) are required to read two novels over the summer. In the first week of school, students will turn in specific assignments, discuss elements within the novel, and be tested over the selection. The grades for these assignments will be part of the first nine weeks average.

Students enrolled in College English (12) are required to read one novel over the summer. In the first week of school, students will discuss elements within the novel and be tested over the selection. The grades for these assignments will be part of the first nine weeks average.

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2019-2020 Summer Reading Selections and Assignments
Click here for the Summer Reading Complete List for grades 9-12

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ENGLISH I
9th GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
and
ENGLISH I
9th GRADE HONORS

Students may choose ONE selection from the following three:

TITLE: Cold Sassy Tree
AUTHOR:Olive Ann Burns
GENRE:Southern Fiction

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around—fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he’s aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson—a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward—the news is served up all over town with that afternoon’s dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa’s new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience. As the newlyweds’ chaperone, conspirator, and confidant, Will is privy to his one-armed, renegade grandfather’s second adolescence; meanwhile, he does some growing up of his own. He gets run over by a train and lives to tell about it; he kisses his first girl, and survives that too. Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel – about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy’s passage through the momentous but elusive year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. Inhabited by characters who are wise and loony, unimpeachably pious and deliciously irreverent, Cold Sassy, Georgia, is the perfect setting for the debut of a storyteller of rare brio, exuberance, and style.*

TITLE: The Giver
AUTHOR: Lois Lowry
GENRE: Dystopian fiction

A 1993 American Newberry Award winning novel, this story follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. His society has taken away pain and strife by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community’s decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any color, memory, climate, or terrain, all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality.

TITLE: The Hiding Place
AUTHOR: Corrie Ten Boon
GENRE: Historical Nonfiction, Autobiography

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.
Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God’s chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God’s love will overcome, heal, and restore.*

NOTE: There are no formal written assignments associated with your reading; however, we exhort you to annotate important literary elements, including but not limited to plot, characterization, conflicts, and theme in order to help you retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school.

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ENGLISH II
10TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
and
HONORS ENGLISH II
10TH GRADE HONORS

Students may choose ONE selection from the following three:

TITLE: Peace Like a River
AUTHOR: Leif Enger
GENRE: Fiction

Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates.*

TITLE: 1984
AUTHOR: George Orwell
GENRE: Dystopian fiction

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thought crimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…
A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.*

TITLE: Night
AUTHOR: Elie Wiesel
GENRE: Memoir

Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, this is a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. The book offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors and horrors at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

NOTE: There are no formal written assignments associated with your reading; however, we exhort you to annotate important literary elements, including but not limited to plot, characterization, conflicts, and theme in order to help you retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school.

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ENGLISH III
11TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
and
HONORS ENGLISH III
11TH GRADE HONORS

Students may choose ONE selection from the following three:

Title: Ava’s Man
Author: Rick Bragg
Genre: Southern biography, memoir, history

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All Over but the Shoutin’ continues his personal history of the Deep South with an evocation of his mother’s childhood in the Appalachian foothills during the Great Depression, and the magnificent story of the man who raised her.
Charlie Bundrum was a roofer, a carpenter, a whiskey-maker, a fisherman who knew every inch of the Coosa River, made boats out of car hoods and knew how to pack a wound with brown sugar to stop the blood. He could not read, but he asked his wife, Ava, to read him the paper every day so he would not be ignorant. He was a man who took giant steps in rundown boots, a true hero whom history would otherwise have been overlooked.
In the decade of the Great Depression, Charlie moved his family 21 times, keeping seven children one step ahead of the poverty and starvation that threatened them from every side. He worked at the steel mill when the steel was rolling, or for a side of bacon or a bushel of peaches when it wasn’t. He paid the doctor who delivered his fourth daughter, Margaret — Bragg’s mother — with a jar of whiskey. He understood the finer points of the law as it applied to poor people and drinking men; he was a banjo player and a buck dancer who worked off fines when life got a little sideways, and he sang when he was drunk, where other men fought or cussed. He had a talent for living.
His children revered him. When he died, cars lined the blacktop for more than a mile.
Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew — a father who stood by his family in hard times and left a backwoods legend behind — in a book that blazes with his love for his family, and for a particular stretch of dirt road along the Alabama-Georgia border.
A powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the Deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture, Ava’s Man is Rick Bragg at his stunning best.*

Title: A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom
Author: James Emery White
Genre: Christian nonfiction, history, travel

Travel with James Emery White through time and space to visit places like Martin Luther’s Wittenburg, where the 95 theses were nailed to a church door, or The Eagle and Child pub, where C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the other Inklings met to write and dream together. You’ll encounter many of the important spiritual sites of the history of Christianity and get a flavor for what it was like to be in that place at that time. White then takes you even deeper, exploring key themes from these historical moments such as calling, conversion and spirituality and showing their implications for the Christian life today.*

Title: “Our Town”
Author: Thornton Wilder
Genre: American Drama

“Our Town” was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play. Wilder’s play defies most conventional theatrical genres. It is neither a comedy nor a tragedy, neither a romance nor a farce. It is, rather, a contemplative work concerning the human experience.*

NOTE: There are no formal written assignments associated with your reading; however, we exhort you to annotate important literary elements, including but not limited to plot, characterization, conflicts, and theme in order to help you retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
11TH GRADE AP
Students are required to read both texts:

TITLE: The Scarlet Letter
AUTHOR: Nathaniel Hawthorne
GENRE: Fiction

TITLE: A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom: Journeying Through the Christian Life
AUTHOR: James Emery White
GENRE: Nonfiction

The Scarlet Letter/A Traveler’s Guide to the Kingdom Assignment
Reading Journal Entry Example
Reading Journal Form

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ENGLISH IV
12TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
and
HONORS ENGLISH IV
12th GRADE HONORS

Students may choose ONE selection from the following three:

TITLE: Five Little Pigs
AUTHOR: Agatha Christie
GENRE: Fiction/Mystery

Sixteen years ago, Caroline Crale died in prison while serving a life sentence for poisoning her husband. Her daughter asks Poirot to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice, and he approaches the other five suspects (or like the nursery rhyme, there were five other “little pigs” who could have done it): Philip Blake (the stockbroker), who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist), who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcée), who had her roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess), who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister), who cried all the way home.
This novel is a subtle and ingenious detective story, a mournful love story, and a masterful example of storytelling technique, with five separate accounts of one devastating event. Christie’s greatest achievement.

TITLE: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
AUTHOR: Robert Louis Stevenson
GENRE: Fiction

An intriguing combination of fantasy thriller and moral allegory, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde depicts the gripping struggle of two opposing personalities — one essentially good, the other evil — for the soul of one man. Its tingling suspense and intelligent and sensitive portrayal of man’s dual nature reveals Stevenson as a writer of great skill and originality, whose power to terrify and move us remains, over a century later, undiminished.

TITLE: The Grand Weaver
AUTHOR: Ravi Zacharias
GENRE: Nonfiction, Christian apologetics

How differently would we live if we believed that every dimension of our lives―from the happy to the tragic to the mundane―were part of a beautiful and purposeful design in which no thread were wrongly woven? That’s what best-selling author and internationally-known apologist, Ravi Zacharias, explores in The Grand Weaver. As Christians, we believe that great events such as a death or a birth are guided by the hand of God. Yet we drift into feeling that our daily lives are the product of our own efforts. This book brims with penetrating stories and insights that show us otherwise. From a chance encounter in a ticket line to a beloved father’s final word before dying, from a random phone call to a line in a Scripture reading, every detail of life is woven into its perfect place. In The Grand Weaver, Dr. Zacharias examines our backgrounds, our disappointments, our triumphs, and our beliefs, and explains how they are all part of the intentional and perfect work of the Grand Weaver.

NOTE: There are no formal written assignments associated with your reading; however, we exhort you to annotate important literary elements, including but not limited to plot, characterization, conflicts, and theme in order to help you retain information and provide a means of review prior to the beginning of school.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE
12TH GRADE AP
Students are required to read both texts:

TITLE: Wuthering Heights
AUTHOR: Emily Bronte
GENRE: Fiction

TITLE: Brave New World
AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
GENRE: Dystopian fiction

Wuthering Heights/Brave New World Reading Assignment
Reading Journal Form

DUAL ENROLLEMENT/COLLEGE ENGLISH
12TH GRADE

TITLE: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
AUTHOR: Katherine Boo
GENRE: Nonfiction

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Reading Assignment

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