The letter, assignment sheet and reflection paper guidelines are in a Google Doc. You can access it here: High School Summer Reading 2014
There are two assignments:
Assignment 1: Read a book from the appropriate list. After reading the book, write a minimum 2-page reflection paper (see handout for reflection paper tips). Open the Google Doc to see the list to choose from.
Assignment 2: Read 2-3 books that are some how connected. After you read the books, choose one of the following ways to demonstrate your understanding of the books and their connection.
- write a paper
- make a poster
- create a PowerPoint/slide show
- create a website
- your own really creative, unique idea (just check with Mrs. Stotz first!)
For these books, you may pick fiction or nonfiction books that meet your own tastes. I have two caveats: first, you must choose a book appropriate to your reading level. Second, your parent(s)/guardian(s) must approve the book choice.
Suggestions for connections:
- choose 2-3 books by one author and analyze how the author’s writing changes.
- read 2-3 books from a similar time period
- analyze the prejudices and unspoken values in a series of fantasy novels
- read 2-3 books on the same topic and analyze how the different authors approach the topic
Here are some examples:
Read three books on World War II; a fiction, a nonfiction, and a graphic novel- The Book Thief, Unbroken, Resistance
Read three books by Helen Frost and analyze how she uses poetry forms to tell the story- The Braid, Diamond Willow, Hidden
Read Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson and An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy and analyze how fact and fiction work together to teach and tell a story.