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Summer Reading 2016

Why do we do this? Reading is a SKILL that you will use the rest of your life, particularly when it comes to your future careers. Some of us associate reading only with a school activity, but many people read for enjoyment. We believe that the best way to develop both the skill and love of reading is for students to gain exposure to a variety of books, and hopefully, they will find a genre, author, or character they can relate to and keep reading. As a college prep school, we know that getting into college is not just about getting the grades; it is about being prepared for the work load. One of the most common comments we receive from alums is that the sheer amount of reading they must do is one of their biggest challenges in college. You will have to read a lot in college — and your professors will hold you accountable for what you read and remember! Part of our college prep mission is to help you develop the skills you will need in college — and the best way to do that is by asking you to read now.

One book, One Community This summer, all students will be reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Passion by Greg Boyle, SJ. His book is about his twenty years of work with Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles. In Tattoos on the Heart, he relays his experience working in the ghetto in a series of parables inspired by love and faith. Fr. Boyle will be speaking at an all-school assembly this fall.

Choosing Books Besides Tattoos on the Heart, all students will read an additional title(s) except for the freshman class (Class of 2020). This summer, you will read another nonfiction selection, depending on your grade level for next year.

AP and Honors English Students entering AP or Honors English next year should see the links above to letters from their next year’s English teacher.

Is this graded? Yes. You will be graded over your summer reading. When you return to school next fall, your English teacher will have you write an assignment related to summer reading that will be worth a grade. Each teacher will have his/her own method for assessing you, although in most cases it will involve an essay or some type of writing assignment that challenges you to go beyond summarizing and meaningfully engage with the book. Relying on SparkNotes or the movie version of a book is simply not an option.

T-shirt bonus! As part of our efforts to encourage reading, we offer the Summer Reading Challenge. Any student who reads 2,016 pages or ten books will receive a free t-shirt, which was specially designed by Wesley Schafbuch, Class of 2018. Your parents must verify that you have read the books by completing the Summer Reading Challenge form, and you can bring that info to the library. Thank you to BC Graphics for supplying the t-shirts! For more details, please stop by the library.

If you have questions regarding summer reading, please ask an English teacher or Mr. Lum.

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