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Summer Reading 2013

Summer is here and that includes summer reading. Below, you will find an explanation for how the summer reading program works, what you will need to do, and how you will be assessed.

Why do we do this?  Some of us associate reading with a school activity, but many people read for enjoyment…seriously!  We believe that the best way to develop a love of reading is to expose students to a variety of books, and hopefully, they will find a genre, author, or character they can relate to and keep reading.  And HELLO!  We are a college prep school.  Getting into college isn’t just about getting the grades; it is about being prepared for the work load.  In college you have to read a lot – a whole lot! (and guess what, many colleges require summer reading).

Choosing a book. There will be no limits on the number of students who may read a particular book.  Simply review the appropriate list for your grade, and select which book you would like to read.  Really, it’s that simple.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO SIGN UP!  We hope that students can find a book they find interesting and engaging.  Students in Honors Sophomores, AP Juniors, or AP Seniors have required books to read (Look at the books with the yellow background). 

  • Current 8th graders (incoming freshmen) will read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  • Current Freshmen will choose from the English II list.
  • Current Sophomores will choose from the English III list.
  • Current Juniors will choose from the English IV list.

Is this graded?  You bet! You will be graded over your summer reading.  When you return to school next fall, your English teacher will assess if you read the book and your ability to convey an understanding or analysis of the book you read.  The summer reading will be worth 25-30 points at the start of the 2013-14 school year.  NOTE: Realize that your teacher may add another graded assignment related to summer reading that will be worth even more points.  Each teacher will have his/her own method for assessing you (and you can bet that summarizing SparkNotes won’t be an option).

If you have questions regarding summer reading, please see Mr. Sprehe, Mr. Lum, your current English teacher, or Mr. Hogan (plus, he often has candy in his office). 

T-shirt bonus! As part of our desire to encourage reading, we have the summer reading challenge.  Any student who reads 2,013 pages or ten books will receive a t-shirt, which was specially designed by a Jesuit student.  Your parents must verify that you have read the books, and you can pass along that info to the library.  Thank you to BC Graphics for supplying the t-shirts! For more details stop by the library!

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