College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Summer Reading

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Below please find the required summer reading information for 2017-2018 by division.
Enjoy!


Upper School

For the Summer of 2017 Upper School students are required to read five (5) books.

1. Required Grade Level Reading

Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.

Entering Grade 9: Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ISBN 978-1-4000-3271-6

Entering Grade 10: Tan, Amy The Joy Luck Club ISBN 978-0143038092

Entering Grade 11: Dangarembga, Tsitsi Nervous Conditions ISBN 978-0-9547023-3-5

Entering Grade 12: Wyss, Susi The Civilized World ISBN 978-0805093629 Note to students: If you have trouble locating a new or used copy of this novel, you may read it as an ebook. It is available from Amazon.

2. Required Group Reading

Each student will have one required group reading book. Please submit this form with your top five choices (Grades 9 & 10 Options | Grades 11 & 12 Options) by Monday, May 15. Each student will be assigned one of these books (prior to the start of summer) and a book group to meet for discussion in the fall.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! We suggest that each student read an additional 3 books of their choice besides the two required listed above.

Middle School

For the summer of 2017 as you enjoy your vacation, we want to keep you reading and thinking. This information explains the requirements for summer reading, so that you will be prepared for your English class when you come back to school in the fall.

You should have read a total of five (5) new books by the first day of school in September. Keep a written list of the books you read and hand it to your English teacher when you return to school. We expect you to be very familiar with the required book because your teacher will want to discuss it with you.

1. Required Grade Level Reading

  • English 7: Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water ISBN 978-0547577319

  • World Studies (Gr. 7) distributed to students: Alexander, Heather A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People & Activity Packet (PDF)
  • English 8: Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders* ISBN 978-0-14-240733-2
  • U.S. Political History (Gr. 8) - Distributed to students: Packet & Directions (PDF)

2. Required Group Reading

Each student will have one required group reading book. Please submit this form with your top five choices (from this list Grades 7 & 8) by Monday, May 15. Each student will be assigned one of these books (prior to the start of summer) and a book group which will meet for discussion in the fall.

3. Free Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy reading! We suggest that each student read an additional three (3) books of their choice besides the two required listed above.


*The Outsiders

Author Background: Susan Eloise Hinton was born in 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Outsiders was published in 1967, when Hinton was only 17 years old. She began writing the first draft of the novel when she was 15, and writing and rewriting took a year and a half before she was happy with the final copy. The publisher — believing that the book would have more credibility if people assumed that a male had written it — advised her to use her initials. S. E. Hinton was not a member of a gang when she wrote The Outsiders, but she was a friend to many greasers. Although she also had friends who were Socs, she did not consider herself a part of that group.

Brief plot synopsis: The Outsiders is about 2 weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy and his two brothers have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town. The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids."

Summertime reading directions: As you read The Outsiders please answer the following questions by noting the textual evidence within your book with a pen or pencil. You should NOT respond to the questions in sentence form. When we discuss the novel next fall, refer to your annotations to enrich conversation and demonstrate your understanding of the story. Your teacher will also collect your book to see how well you annotate. Please be sparing and thoughtful in your annotations.

Answer the following questions with textual evidence.

1. What are the differences between the greasers and the Socs? (Consider clothing, transportation, hairstyles, reputation in the community, music, families, location in town)

2. Trace how S.E. Hinton develops the following characters throughout the novel: Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Dally, Johnny, Cherry, and Bob.

3. What is the message or lesson of The Outsiders? Find passages that help to advance the theme. Consider why we read this book in English class.

4. What does this book teach us about innocence? Follow-up questions to discuss in class: What are all the different symbols of innocence? What are some ways that the characters seem to act that are not “innocent” or age-appropriate? How do we know that Johnny was still “gold” to the end of his life? Do you think Ponyboy is still “gold” at the end of the book?

5. What seems to be the novel’s message about arts, literature, and education? How do they affect our lives, according to Ponyboy?

Lower School

2017 Summer Reading To Posted.

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