Summer Reading 2017

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Middle School

As part of our goal to encourage students to become life-long learners and readers, Catholic High middle grades are assigned to read books during the summer. Students in on-level classes read two books. Students in honors classes read three books. Students will be tested on their readings early in the school year.

6th Grade

Fiction: The City of Ember – Jeanne DuPrau

Non Fiction: Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story – Andrea Warren

Additional Honors: The Cay – Theodore Taylor

7th Grade

Fiction:  One Safe Place – Tania Unsworth

Nonfiction Heaven Is for Real – Todd Burpo

Additional Honors: The Devil’s Arithmetic – Jane Yolen

8th Grade

Fiction: The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton

Nonfiction: Prisoner B-3087 – Jack Gruene

Additional Honors: The Pearl – John Steinbeck

High School Summer Reading 2017

This summer, as a part of our traditional summer reading assignments, we are beginning a version of a “One Read” program for grades 9-12. A number of communities, universities, businesses, and schools have begun programs such as this, where citizens, students, workers, etc. read a book together in order to emphasize the importance of reading and foster civic unity. An article in The Washington Post promoting community-wide reads states, “. . .  the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.”

Catholic High will kick off our first annual One Read this summer with all high school students reading the same book for part of their summer reading assignment. We welcome parents as well to share the reading experience with their children. We hope that this shared read not only provides students with invaluable reading practice but also a sense of school unity.

Our first One Read, will be Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, an important literary classic. Although the novel contains controversial elements, we believe that the classroom is the perfect place for guided discussions and professional handling of sensitive dialogue and issues. Through humor, local color, irony, and satire, Twain exposes a time in our history where cruelty and injustice are prevalent. In addition, the novel’s themes of growing up and the journey of life are found in much of high school literature. Teachers of grades 9-12 will develop and present grade level appropriate focuses on the novel at the start of the school year. If parents would prefer that their high school student not read the 2017 One Read selection, they may contact the guidance office for an alternate assignment.

In addition to the One Read title, students have been assigned a book for their grade level. During the summer, students should read their two books closely and annotate and/or take notes. They may purchase hard copies of the books or digital ones. Although many of the books on the list are available at public libraries, students must have their own copy of their books for classroom discussions.

We at Catholic High are committed to providing our students with academic excellence. We believe that reading is a fundamental skill, and we continually seek ways to improve our reading program and encourage life-long learning and reading.

Grade One Read Grade Level Read
9 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card
10 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
11 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
12 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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