Get Started on Summer Reading

IMG_3150Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. • Groucho Marx

Lower House (9th and 10th grade) reading assignment:

#1. Choose a Harvest 2014 book:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
  • Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Reader’s Edition (the bright purple one!) by Michael Pollan
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

After reading the book you will write a one page reflective response.

Email your response to

by Sunday, August 24th

Your reflections can cover any aspect of your reading experience. Tell us how the book made you feel, what the book made you consider more deeply, and how you analyzed the book. Please use at least two quotations from the book as evidence to support your thoughts.

Possible starters for reflections:

I wonder why . . .  I like the way the author . . .

This book reminds me of . . .  I think the writer is trying to say…

The most important theme is. . .  My argument about this book is. . .¦

I would/wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend because . . .


#2. Read any FOUR OTHER BOOKS of your choice

Like mystery? Romance? Suspense?  Teenage phenomenon involving vampires? Tales of children surviving on their own? Pick books you really want to read. Any book is open to you.

For each of these books, write a reflection using the above prompts and, also add one paragraph about which book was your favorite and why. Email your responses to by Sunday August 24


This assignment will count as your first English grade, so make sure to ace it!

Summer Reading brochure 2014

Rising Juniors — Click here for your reading assignment


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