Summer Reading 2012 for 8th –12th Grades

Reading for pleasure is an easy way to continue to build one’s vocabulary, learn about new subjects, explore a world of imagination, and learn about the models of good writing. This summer, each student is asked to read ONE book from a list of books. There are two separate lists, one for rising 8th, and 9th graders and one for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Each list has a variety of books, including fiction and non-fiction. Each book is linked to a particular academic subject, such as science or English. We have used suggestions that students gave us as well as recommendations from teachers. We are confident that each student will be able to find a book that is interesting and exciting.

When students return in the Fall, during the first week of classes, we will offer testing on the books. The test will be a pen and paper test. Depending on a student’s score, he will be able to earn the equivalent of an extra 100 A+ test grade in the course to which the book is linked. For example, if a rising sophomore chooses J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, takes the test, and scores the minimal “passing” score, he will earn the equivalent of an extra 100 A+ test grade in his sophomore English class. Additionally, students who have read their selection will be able to participate in a small reading discussion on their book, led by a faculty member.

Please note that students enrolled in some honors and AP courses will have additional summer reading assignments.

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Please take advantage of this great opportunity to read, learn something new, and earn extra credit in one of your classes next year.