2016-2017 Reading List

Reading and assignments must be completed prior the start of each English class.



 

9th Grade

English 9B                                                  
Course Code : engl100

1 book required.  Bring book on the first day.  We will read it in class.

All students bring Night by Elie Wiesel.

Night (1960) is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitzand Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity…”

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Jeana Sutton at jsutton@bishopkelley.org.

 

English 9A                                             
Course Code:  engl101

1 book required. Assignment required.

All students read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer.  But one night, the Soviet police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother.  They are being sent from their native Lithuania to Siberia.”

Assignment for Between Shades of Gray due the first day of class:

1. You are to choose 6 characters from the novel.

A.     Write two quotes from the book for each character that describe his/her personality. Each quote can be what someone else says or something that the character does. Write the quote and the page number.

B.     For these six characters choose a theme song for each.  On a piece of paper, list the character’s name, the song that you chose for the character, and 3-4 sentences that explain your choice of song and how it relates to the character.

C.     You are to create a CD cover for your soundtrack.  On an 8x11 piece of paper, you are to draw pictures or use clip art (can be black/white or color), original photos, or magazine/newspaper pictures (collage).

Keep in mind:

1.     Because of the variety of images available, no stick figures will be accepted.

2.     If you use clip art, please type the websites that you used on the back of the paper.

3.     You cannot use the book cover as your CD cover.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Jeana Sutton at jsutton@bishopkelley.org.

 

Pre-AP Honors English 9                  
Course Code:  engl102

1 book required. Assignment required.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Assignment for Between Shades of Gray due the first day of class:

You are to investigate some of the historical context of the Stalinist system described in the story and bring copies of your articles to class.  Choose two of the following:

1.    Stalin’s Purges, 1929-38    

2.    Collectivism in the USSR            

3.    The Cheka/NKVD and State Terror    

4.    Soviet Intellectuals in the Stalinist Era

5.    Forced/Coercive labor in the USSR     

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Kathy Scribner at kscribner@bishopkelley.org.

 

10th Grade

English 10B                                                       
Course Code: engl200

1 book required. No assignment required. Bring the book to class on the first day.

All students read Tulsa Burning by Anna Myers. No assignment required.

“The day he buried his pa, Nobe Chase lost everything—his father, his home, and his dog, Rex.  Worst of all, he had to move into town to live with Sheriff Leonard—dog killer, wife stealer, and secret lawbreaker of all sorts.

That day, Nobe found a new purpose for his life—revenge. Hate takes over his life, burning out of control inside him.  Nobe learns how dangerous hate can be when it is unleashed in a fury of fire and gunpowder during a race riot in nearby Tulsa.

Based on true events in Tulsa, Oklahoma during May of 1921.”

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Amanda Walker at awalker@bishopkelley.org.

 

English 10A                                                       
Course Code:  engl201

1 book required. Assignment required.  Bring your book on the first day of class.  Be prepared for a test and an in-class writing.

All students read The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham.  

Assignment:

  1. Annotate the book.  Underline, circle, highlight, and write comments whenever you find an unusual or important passage.  You must have at least 2 annotations per chapter.  We encourage you to mark up the book as much as you like.  Focus on passages that offer insight into the minds of important characters and key developments in the plot.

  2. Find an article which discusses the efficacy of the legal system in the United States or an article which addresses justice or lack of justice issues.  Read, annotate, and analyze this article.  Print this article and bring it with you on the first day of class.  Be prepared to write a response using the novel and the article you found.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mr. Trevor Parks at tparks@bishopkelley.org or Mrs. Katie Abboud at kabboud@bishopkelley.org.

 

Pre-AP Honors English 10                               
Course Code:  engl202

2 books required.  Assignment required.

All students read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee AND

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

The Innocent Man:

  1. Annotate the book.  Underline, circle, highlight, and write comments whenever you find an unusual or important passage.  You must have at least 2 annotations per chapter.  We encourage you to mark up the book as much as you like.  Focus on passages that offer insight into the minds of important characters and key developments in the plot.

  2. Find an article which discusses the efficacy of the legal system in the United States or an article which addresses justice or lack of justice issues.  Read, annotate, and analyze this article.  Print this article and bring it with you on the first day of class.  Be prepared to write a response using the novel and the article you found.

To Kill a Mockingbird:

  1. As you read, mark passages of interest and look up any words you don’t know.  Be able to discuss the trials in both books—differences and similarities.

  2. We will have a quiz the first day of class.  Be sure you’ve read the book carefully and are familiar with the many characters.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Charlotte McGuire at cmcguire@bishopkelley.org

 

11th Grade

English 11B                                                     
Course Code:  engl300

1 book required. No assignment required.

All students read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Bring the book to class with you on the first day.

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Kathy Scribner at kscribner@bishopkelley.org.

 

English 11A                                                    
Course Code: engl301

1 book required. No assignment required, but be prepared for a test the first day of class.

ALL students read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.”

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Kathy Scribner at kscribner@bishopkelley.org or Mrs. Katie Abboud at kabboud@bishopkelley.org.

 

Honors British and World Literature                              
Course Code:  engl302

2 books required. Assignment required.

1.    ALL students read two novels.  ALL students read Jane Eyre

JUNIORS read 1984, but SENIORS who have taken AP Language read Brave New World.

1984: by George Orwell (JUNIORS only)
Famous dystopian tale of what happens when too much power is handed to “Big Brother” and when people are no longer free to think for themselves.

Brave New World: by Aldous Huxley (SENIORS only)
In a futuristic society which outlaws family, a young outcast copes with the restrictive order.

                      AND

Jane Eyre: by Charlotte Bronte (ALL students)
A classic tale of a strong-spirited orphan who endures trials in her search for fulfillment

2.  ANNOTATE as you read (mark passages of interest, underline, take margin notes, look up words, note characterization, imagery, foreshadowing, rhetorical or literary devices or strategies, etc.)

3.  STUDY both novels in preparation for a quiz on the first day of class.  Be sure you can articulate the meaning of each work as a whole.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Cindy Yanik at cyanik@bishopkelley.org.

 

12th Grade

English 12B                                               
Course Code:  engl400

1 book required. No assignment required.

All students read Island of Dr. Moreau, by H.G. Wells.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mr. Michael Blazek at mblazek@bishopkelley.org.

 

English 12A-Composition           
Course Code:  engl401

1 book required.  No assignment required.
Choose one of the following and have it read by the first day of class:

Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
This book follows Krakauer as he makes the climb up Mt. Everest.

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Pausch gives his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon.

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Jeanette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
This is a story of Louis Zamperini who was an Olympic athlete and World War 2 airman.

When you return, you will complete writing assignments based on your selection.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Jeana Sutton at jsutton@bishopkelley.org.

 

English 12A-Literature                
Course Code :  engl402

2 books required.  No assignment required.

ALL read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

                  AND

ALL read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Be prepared for tests and timed writings on the first and second days of class.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Steffany Standley at sstandley@bishopkelley.org.

 

AP Language and Composition                      
Course Code:  engap103

2 books required. No assignment required. 

1.     Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (ISBN  0-385-49478-5)

2.     The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson (ISBN 0-609-60844-4 )

Be prepared for timed writings and tests on the first and second days of class.

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Steffany Standley at sstandley@bishopkelley.org.

 

AP Literature and Composition                                    
Course Code:  engap102

3 Books Required.  Assignment required.

Welcome to AP Literature!  This handout explains your summer reading assignments – please complete these by the first day of first quarter.  Purchase your own books if possible, and READ WITH A PEN IN HAND – always!  

First, get a new Composition Notebook – you will need it for summer reading and for class.  Put your name in the box on front, and decorate it.  Paste a favorite work of art on the front page or create your own artwork for page one if you’d rather.

Second, read Ray Bradbury’s classic sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451, just to remind you what happens if we stop using our freedom to READ.  MARK passages you like and want to discuss with the class.  We’ll start with this book on Day One.

Third, read BOTH of the following two novels—Here’s the plot synopsis of each book to help you get started:

  1. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien—This modern classic explores the transformative power of story-telling and the soul-wrenching impact of the Vietnam War on the psyches of characters.  I love this book!  Especially pay attention to O’Briend’s use of metafiction, his consideration of the relationship between story-truth and reality. Mark up your book.
    In your Comp Book:
    O’Brien’s narrator discusses the redemptive power of storytelling. Note two passages that illustrate the point, and one that is good for characterization, by photocopying the three passages and annotating them.
  1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver—A best selling writer (for better or worse, Oprah chose this book too), Kingsolver spent twenty years writing this stunning saga of a misguided American missionary, his wife and four daughters struggling to bring their views on Christianity to Africa.  It’s a fascinating look at culture clash and the consequences of imperialism, as well as a great study of POINT OF VIEW, since each daughter (as well as the mother) becomes a narrator.  I love this book!  Mark up your book.  
    In your Comp Book:  
    The big idea here is point of view, so note two favorite passages that illustrate it and one passage that’s good for characterization, by photocopying the three passages and annotating them.  

Fourth, time permitting, you should read Stephen King’s memoir entitled On Writing, an excellent and entertaining story of King’s life and a guide to good writing practices.  If you read an annotate this work thoroughly, I will happily award a few extra credit points to kick start your senior year!  This assignment is optional!

Bring Fahrenheit 451 plus your Comp Book to class on Day One.  We’ll begin with these and then go to the ‘big’ books.  I look forward to seeing you in August!  

If you have questions, feel free to email Mrs. Cindy Yanik at cyanik@bishopkelley.org.