Summer Reading 

6th Grade

Incoming 6 grade students will read:
The War That Saved My Life by: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015)

Booklist review:
“When word starts to spread about Germans bombing London, Ada’s mother decides to send her little brother,
Jamie, to the country. Not 11-year-old Ada, though—she was born with a crippling clubfoot, and her cruel
mother treats her like a slave. But Ada has painfully taught herself to walk, so when Jaime departs for the train,
she limps along with him. In Kent, they’re assigned to crotchety Susan, who lives alone and suffers from bouts of
depression. But the three warm to each other: Susan takes care of them in a loving (if a bit prickly) way, and Ada
finds a sense of purpose and freedom of movement, thanks to Susan’s pony, Butter. Ada finally feels worthy of
love and respect, but when looming bombing campaigns threaten to take them away from Susan, her strength
and resolve are tested. The home-front realities of WWII, as well as Ada’s realistic anger and fear, come to life in
Bradley’s affecting and austerely told story, and readers will cheer for steadfast Ada as she triumphs over
despair”.

Students should be prepared to discuss and write in response to The War that Saved My Life during the first week
of school.

Reader’s Challenge: Students are encouraged to read a variety of other texts alongside their set text. Those
students who read at least 20 books (of at least 100 pages in length) this summer, will be rewarded with an ice
cream sundae party. Please bring in a list of texts with the title, author and page count of each book signed by
your parents as verification. Any books over 400 pages can count as two.

7th Grade

Grade 7 will spend the year studying literature from around the world with a particular focus on immigration. In
preparation for this, all incoming 7 grade students should read “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant
Child” by Francisco Jimenez.

 

Alongside this reading, they should choose one activity from the list below. They
should return in September ready to discuss the book and with their creative project in hand.

* Design a wardrobe for two of the characters. Think carefully about what they would wear and why, for instance
would they have a range of clothes or not? You can complete this as a model, hand drawing or complete it on
the computer. Be ready to explain your choices.

* Create a podcast from the perspective of one of the characters to help us understand a problem they
experience in the novel. Your podcast should be told as if you were the character and be thorough and creative,
integrating voice and sound effects or music.

* Create a movie poster that illustrates the importance of engaging with this text. This can be done on poster
board and should include significant images and text to give the person viewing it a good idea of the
significant events or themes in the novel.

* Create a front page of a newspaper that highlights an important event in the novel. This can be done on the
computer or by hand. Include photos or drawings and the basic format of a real newspaper.

* Create a diorama or model of an important place in the novel. This could be as small as a significant room or as
large as a neighborhood. Use any medium (paper, cardboard, poster board, shoebox). Be ready to explain why
you chose that place and what you chose to include.

* Create a short video or PhotoStory that illustrates the struggles of your characters.
Write a song and record it- this can be about the experiences of a chosen character from their perspective or an
omniscient observer.

Students are encouraged to read other books in the series too.

8th grade

CLICK HERE for the 8th grade Summer Reading Assignment.

MS reader's challenge

Students are encouraged to read a variety of other texts alongside their set text. Those students who read at
least 20 books (of at least 100 pages in length) this summer, will be rewarded with an ice cream sundae party.
Please bring in a list of texts with the title, author and page count of each book signed by your parents as
verification. Any books over 400 pages can count as two.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of recommendations. 

9th grade language & literature

Foundations of Literature and Language is centered around the question posed by the musical Hamilton: Who
Tells Your Story? Through rigorous study of a range of literature (poetry, personal narratives, plays, musical
performance and novels) by a diverse set of authors, the curriculum encourages students to explore which
stories have historically been prioritized and which have been, consciously or unconsciously, ignored. It explores
the theme of listening, and encourages students to develop an appreciation for the power of the author’s voice
within the context in which they’re writing.

Each of the following novels highlights a particular people group’s voice. Choose 2 or more of the following
books to read before coming back to school in the fall. Make detailed notes on the following questions:

1. Which voices are highlighted through this story?
2. What do you think the author’s purpose is in writing this narrative?
3. How effectively do you think they achieve this purpose? Consider the techniques the author uses to tell the
story.

● You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins. A story about the immigrant experience in a multi-generational
Indian-American family. Key themes include sisterhood, conflict, and culture.
● The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. Told through verse, this is the story of Kasienka, a young Polish girl, as
she makes her way in a new country after being abandoned by her father.
● Animal Farm by George Orwell. A classic, historical allegorical novel about a group of farm animals who
overthrow their farmer in search of a more just, free, equal society.
● Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah. Zephaniah is an internationally-acclaimed performance poet who also
writes novels. Refugee Boy is about one young boy, with an Ethiopian father and Eritrean mother, who finds
himself alone in London.

9th grade foundations of the modern world
10th grade world literature (honors & cp)

All instructions for summer reading assignments are on the blogs. If you have questions, email Mrs. Hashem.

10th grade CP World Literature

 10th grade World Literature Honors

 

10th grade modern world history
11th grade college advising

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni.

Written assignment: Write a 1 paragraph reflection on your reaction to this book. Include at least 3 things you
learned from the book in the paragraph. Email this written work to Mr. Scaro on the first day of school in
September. Be prepared to discuss the book in class at the start of the year.

 

 

11th grade ap English language & literature

AP English Language and Literature students should view the blog and follow directions assigned by Mrs.
Hashem.

AP LANG

 

 

11th grade american literature (Honors & CP)
11th grade cp american history
ap american history

Read the first 3 chapters of the textbook, The American Pageant, AP Edition (15th or 16th edition is fine)
by: David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen

Assignment:
Come prepared to discuss them on the first day of class.

 

 

ap European history
ap BIOLOGY

 AP Biology Summer Assignment

You will have an assessment during the first week of school on the following material. Format TBD.

  1. Watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL24HAesnc Polar and non-polar molecules
  2. Be able to explain the following:
         – How molecular polarity arises
         – Be able to notate the dipole moment in a bond and a molecule
         – Explain the concept of “like dissolves like”
  3. Watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVT3Y3_gHGg Water-Liquid Awesome
  4. Be able to explain the following
         – Molecular structure of water
         – What makes it exceptionally polar
         – How the polarity (and size) of water contribute to the following properties (make sure you can define the properties themselves as well)
                  a. Adhesion and cohesion
                  b. Ability to dissolve polar and ionic compounds
                  c. High specific heat
                  d. Ability to float as a solid
  5. Watch the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYH63o10iTE Biological molecules
  6. Be able to explain the following
         – List the four biological macromolecules
         – Name the subunits of each macromolecule
         – Be able to draw/describe each subunit/monomer as far as structure and atoms involved
         – Be able to name the bonds that link each subunit
         – Be able to describe the process of dehydration synthesis and its reverse, hydrolysis
         – Be able to explain the importance/role(s) of each macromolecule within a living organism.

 

 

12th grade AP english literature & senior english seminar

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