Summer Reading - Form II

Please Note

All students in Forms C, B & A will be required to read El Deafo by Cece Bell, and all students in Forms I & II will be required to read Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner.

A Message from Dr. Lewis & Dr. Schiller

We are excited that you are joining Form II this year as an incoming eighth grade student. You are required to read a minimum of six (6) books and one (1) short story over the course of the summer. You are also required to complete two assignments, one for English class, and one for history class. Last but not least, you are expected to keep a summer reading log that details the reading that you do in addition to the required reading. Summer reading is important because it develops vocabulary acquisition, critical reading, reading comprehension, and reading pace skills, and helps to stop the “summer slide,” where your skills regress during the summer months. In addition, the required reading this summer will establish some core texts for us to reflect on and use in our study in the coming year.

Summer reading is important because it develops vocabulary acquisition, critical reading, reading comprehension, and reading pace skills, and helps to stop the “summer slide,” where your skills regress during the summer months. In addition, the required reading this summer will establish some core texts for us to reflect on and use in our study in the coming year.

The required titles for Summer Reading 2021 are the following:

English

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader]. Read this toward the end of the summer if at all possible, and be sure to annotate as you read!)
“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader]. Read this toward the end of the summer if at all possible, and be sure to annotate as you read!) You can find and print this short story here: http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/harrison.html.
A book of your choice for the Form II Summer Family Read
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  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader]. Be sure to annotate as you read!

History

All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader].
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader].
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck
  • HARD COPY ONLY [e.g. you may not use an e-reader].

Community Read

  • Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo

Happy Reading!
Dr. Monica Lewis, Form II English teacher & Dr. Noel Schiller, Form II History teacher

Titles & Authors

List of 4 items.

  • Required

    All must be in hard copy

    Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
    “Harrison Bergeron” (Vonnegut)
    All Quiet On the Western Front (Remarque)
    Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad (Anderson)
    Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (Harjo)
  • ALA Award Winners

    All versions should be unabridged.

    The Black Flamingo (Atta)
    Children of Blood and Bone (Adeyemi)
    #Not Your Princess: Voices of Native American Women (Charleyboy)
    Women (Charleyboy)
    The Silence Between Us (Gervais)
    Green (Graham-Felsen)
    Darius the Great is Not Ok (Khorram)
    Cursed (Silverstein)
    What the Night Sings (Stamper)
  • Free Choice

    All versions should be unabridged.

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Adams)
    All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr)
    The Black Kids (Reed)
    Redwood and Ponytail (Holt)
    Resistance (Nielsen)**
    Ready to Fall (Pixley)
    All American Boys (Reynolds)
    The Berlin Boxing Club (Sharenow)
    American Born Chinese (Yang)
  • Non-Fiction

    All versions should be unabridged.

    Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Atwood)
    The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees (Brown)
    Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case (Crowe)
    Someday We Will Fly (DeWoskin)
    Ordinary Hazards (Grimes)
    The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler (Hendrix)
    The Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany (Maraniss)
    After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistancev (O’Brien)
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