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Mansfield Summer Reading List, 2013


All students at Mansfield High School are encouraged to read one or more books for their enjoyment and for their continued skill development during summer vacation. The following links will give you the information for suggested titles that are related thematically to the different coursesí units. They vary in levels of difficulty. These books should be available at most bookstores and at the Mansfield Public Library.

 

Note: Check for availability of books on "tablets". (iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc.)

 


 

10th grade Honors summer reading assignment 

for U.S. I History.

(Link)

 

 

 

 

 

    

MHS English Department Summer Reading List

 

Grade 09

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

Extra Credit Grade 12

 

 

 

MHS English Department 2013 Summer Reading List 

for Students Entering Grade 9


Students entering Grade 9 College Prep A/B are REQUIRED to read ONE of the novels from the list below.†
Students entering Grade 9 Honors are REQUIRED to read TWO of the novels from the list.

NOTE: AT LEAST ONE of the studentís selections MUST be one of the novels marked with an asterisk (*).

ALL STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 9 ENGLISH NEXT YEAR will be required to complete an assessment on the summer reading within the first two weeks of school; therefore, it is highly recommended that students keep a reading journal to take notes on plot/plot development, characters/character development, and themes/theme development as they read. 

NOTE: Students who prepare handwritten notes will be able to use them as a reference during the assessment(s); typed notes will not be allowed.

 

Author Title
Betty Smith *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Maya Angelou *I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Richard Adams *Watership Down
Steven Pressfield Gates of Fire
Walter Dean Myers Sunrise over Fallujah
Gordon Korman Son of the Mob
Sue Monk Kidd The Secret Life of Bees
Jamie Ford Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why

Complete details

(PDF Link)

 

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MHS English Department 2013 Summer Reading List
for Students Entering Grade 10


Students entering Grade 10 College Prep A/B are REQUIRED to read ONE of the books from the list below.
Students entering Grade 10 Honors are REQUIRED to read TWO of the books from the list.
NOTE: AT LEAST ONE of the selections MUST be from the novels marked with an asterisk (*).

ALL STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 10 ENGLISH NEXT YEAR will be required to complete an assessment on the summer reading within the first two weeks of school; therefore, it is highly recommended that students keep a reading journal to take notes on plot/plot development, characters/character development, and themes/theme development as they read. NOTE: Students who prepare handwritten notes will be able to use them as a reference during the assessment(s); typed notes will not be allowed.

Author Title
*Khaled Hosseini *The Kite Runner
*Charlotte Bronte *Jane Eyre
*Jane Eyre *Willa Cather *My Antonia
Robert Sharenow The Berlin Boxing Club
Travis Roy Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451
Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain

 Complete details

(PDF Link)

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MHS English Department 2013 Summer Reading List
For Students Entering Grade 11


Students entering Grade 11 College Prep or Honors are encouraged to read one or more novels for their enjoyment and for their continued skill development during the summer vacation. The novels suggested in the list below are related thematically to several of the unit topics that students will explore in these courses.

If a student wishes to receive extra credit for reading one of the selections, he/she must: (1) read a novel from the suggested titles below, (2) complete a reading journal (see guidelines*), and (3)submit the journal to his/her English teacher during the first week that the class meets (teacher will announce due date).
*The reading journal guidelines can be found at the end of the list and on the MHS website under Summer Reading.

Students entering 11 AP are REQUIRED to read the AP Selection** and may choose one of the selections from the list of suggested novels for extra credit by completing and submitting a reading journal (see guidelines*).
NOTE: AP students are encouraged to keep their own reading journal/notes on the AP selection to help them review for their assessment. 

**AP Selection: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bill Bryson

Author Title
Jon Krakauer Into the Wild
Ernest J. Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones
Kathryn Stockett The Help
Erik Larson Devil in the White City
Doris Kearns Goodwin Wait Until Next Year: Summer Afternoons with My Father and Baseball
Cormac McCarthy No Country for Old Men

Complete details

(PDF Link)

 

Extra Credit Reading Journal for Grades 11 
In order to receive extra credit for completing your summer reading, you must answer ALL of the following prompts carefully and thoroughly. Be sure to include relevant textual evidence to support your ideas. Also, donít forget to identify the novelís title and authorís name!

Due: First Week of English Class (Teacher will announce due date)
Length: Approximately 3 pages, neatly handwritten.

 

(a) Write a one-page reaction statement to the novel you read. Be specific in your thoughts about the points that you liked or didnít like about the novel, ideas that intrigued you, etc. Be sure to include specific textual references (include page numbers) to support your reaction/thoughts.

(b) Cite a memorable passage of no more than thirty words or three sentences from the book (include page number(s)). Explain why you have chosen this passage from the book.

(c) Describe your first impression of one character or event that you find interesting. Give at least three examples of specific textual evidence(include page numbers) that support or generate this impression.

(d) ** Identify what causes a significant change in one character and describe the results of that change. This change may be the consequence of a choice, a conflict of some kind that has to be resolved, a display of some outstanding trait like courage, or even the result of an action/event that occurs during the story. Whenever possible, include specific textual references (include page numbers) to support your conclusions, especially those that help to illustrate or provide evidence of the characterís change.

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MHS English Department 2013 Summer Reading List
for Students Entering Grade 12


Students entering Grade 12 College Prep or Honors are encouraged to read one or more novels for their enjoyment and for their continued skill development during the summer vacation. The novels suggested in the list below are related thematically to several of the unit topics that students will explore in these courses.

If a student wishes to receive extra credit for reading one of the selections, he/she must: (1) read a novel from the suggested titles below, (2) complete a reading journal (see guidelines*),and(3) submit the journal to his/her English teacher during the first week that the class meets (teacher will announce due date).
*The reading journal guidelines can be found on the MHS website under Summer Reading.

Students entering 12 AP are REQUIRED to read the TWO AP Selections** and may choose one of the selections from the list of suggested novels for extra credit by completing and submitting a reading journal (see guidelines*). NOTE: AP students are encouraged to keep their own reading journal/notes on the AP selections to help them review for their assessments.

**AP Selections: (1) Wuthering Heights, Emily BrontŽ
(2) How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster (students are encouraged to purchase this book because it will be used throughout their AP course)

Author Title
Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis (Part 1)
Bill Bryson The Life and Times of a Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir
Ishmael Beah A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Craig Mullaney The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldierís Education
Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
Sebastian Junger War
Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken
Dick Lehr and Gerald OíNeill Black Mass: The Unholy Alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob
Vanessa Diffenbaugh The Language of Flowers

 
 Complete details

(PDF Link)

 

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 Extra Credit Reading Journal for Grade 12


Answer the following questions carefully and thoroughly. Please use relevant textual evidence to support your ideas. Be sure to identify the bookís title and authorís name.

Due: first week of English class
Length: approximately 3 pages, handwritten neatly

(a) Write a one-page reaction statement to the book that you read. Be specific in your thoughts about points that you liked or didnít like about the book, ideas that intrigued you, etc. Be sure to include specific textual references. Include page numbers.

(b) Cite a memorable passage of no more than thirty words or three sentences from the book. Include page number(s). Explain why you have chosen this passage from the book.

(c) Describe your first impression of one character or event that you find interesting. Give at least three examples of textual evidence that supports or generates this impression. Be sure to include the page numbers.

(d) **Identify what causes a significant change in one character, and describe the results of that change. This change may be the consequence of a choice, a conflict of some kind that has to be resolved, a display of some outstanding trait like courage, or even the result of an action or event that occurs during the story.

**Students who read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid are to answer the following question instead of ďdĒ (students must answer parts a, b, and c as well).

**Does the childhood Bryson describes take place in a lost America? He paints a rich portrait of community ties and identity. To what degree do those ties still exist? What has been lost? Consider the effects of TV and the computer.

 

Printable instructions

(PDF link)