Strong Rock Christian School English Department 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 college English department lists of books which well-prepared students should have read as well as on the curriculum students will be studying throughout the next year. Rising freshmen read selections from mythology. Rising sophomores read works from world literature. Rising juniors read old and new classics of American literature. Rising seniors read primarily from British authors.

In April 2017, 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 counseling 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 the novel and their completed summer reading assignments with them the second day of the 2017-18 school year. Advanced Placement students will be expected to have their completed work the first day of class. Teachers will evaluate the summer reading assignments with several objective and creative assessments in the first weeks of school. These grades will constitute up to one-third of the student’s first nine weeks average in English.

For the 2017-18 school year, students are no longer being asked to purchase novels with a certain ISBN#; however, please notice if a particular reading selection is a specified edition. The grade level novel choices and any specified editions can be found on the link entitled Complete List 2017-18 located on the school website at the link entitled Summer Reading 2017-18.

2017-2018 Summer Reading Selections

NOTE: Students must purchase their own copy of the required novel(s) for summer assignments. A specific ISBN number is not required; however, in some cases a particular edition IS required. 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 read one novel 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 Honors English I (9), Honors English II (10), and Honors English III (11), 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 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, 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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2017-2018 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
• Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Mythology Reading Assignment
The 12 Great Gods of Olympus Chart
Characterization Chart

HONORS ENGLISH I
9TH GRADE HONORS
• Mythology by Edith Hamilton
• To Kill in Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Mythology/To Kill a Mockingbird Reading Assignment
The 12 Great Gods of Olympus Chart
Characterization Chart

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ENGLISH II
10TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
• Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Peace Like a River Reading Assignment

HONORS ENGLISH II
10TH GRADE HONORS
• Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
• The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias
Peace Like a River/The Grand Weaver Reading Assignment

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ENGLISH III
11TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
• The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Crucible Reading Assignment
The Crucible Historical Background
Characterization Chart

HONORS ENGLISH III
11TH GRADE HONORS
• The Crucible by Arthur Miller
• The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Crucible/The Glass Menagerie Reading Assignment
The Crucible Historical Background
Characterization Chart

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
11TH GRADE AP
• The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
• How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Revised Edition) by Thomas C. Foster
The Scarlet Letter/How to Read Literature Like a Professor Reading Assignment
Reading Journal Entry Example
Reading Journal Form

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ENGLISH IV
12TH GRADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY
• The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters Reading Assignment

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE
12TH GRADE AP
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
• Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Wuthering Heights/Brave New World Reading Assignment
Reading Journal Form

DUAL ENROLLEMENT/COLLEGE ENGLISH
12TH GRADE
• Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Reading Assignment