Summer Reading

The Rochester Catholic Schools believe that reading is an important aspect of a child’s education and one that should take place year round. As research shows, the more students read, the more they will acquire a love of reading and a thirst for learning. This summer, all students entering grades 6 - 12 will participate in a summer reading program.

Thank you for supporting this effort and helping to create future readers in our school system!

Students Entering into Grades 6-8

Directions

Reading Challenge - Select YOUR Level

Level 1 - You read and reflect on ONE book this summer from the list provided and earn up to 70% for a grade. The reflection should be only one paragraph (6 - 8 sentences) answering ONE of the questions noted below. Your ONE paragraph can be typed or hand-written and is due on the first day of school.**


Level 2 - You read and reflect on TWO books this summer. One book was from the list provided and one book of your choice. You earn up to 80% for a grade. Each book reflection should be only one paragraph (6 - 8 sentences) answering ONE of the questions noted below. Your ONE paragraph for each book can be typed or hand-written and is due on the first day of school.**


Level 3 - You read and reflect on THREE books this summer. One book was from the list provided and two books of your choice. You earn up to 90% for a grade. Each book reflection should be only one paragraph (6 - 8 sentences) answering ONE of the questions noted below. Your ONE paragraph for each book can be typed or hand-written and is due on the first day of school. **


Level 4- You read and reflect on FOUR books this summer. One book was from the list provided and three books of your choice. You earn up to 100% for a grade. Each book reflection should be only one paragraph (6 - 8 sentences) answering ONE of the questions noted below. Your ONE paragraph for each book can be typed or hand-written and is due on the first day of school.**


**This is a required assignment. If Level 1 is not completed by the first day of school, it will be marked incomplete until you finish reading at least one book and submit the reflection.



Reading Lists

Reading Lists (for students entering into each grade in the fall of 2016)-Students are required to read at least one book of their choosing from the list.


Grade 6- Year of Mercy through Acceptance and Change

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (560L)

  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen (670L)

  • Schooled by Gordon Kormon (730L)

  • Ungifted by Gordon Kormon (730L)

  • Rules by Cynthia Lord (780L)

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio (790L)

  • Elephant in the Garden by Michael Murpurgo (890L)

  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (700L)

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (1000L)

  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson (1150L)

  • Book of James and the Book of Ruth from the Bible

Grade 7- Year of Mercy through Community and Self-Awareness

  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (690L)

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (700L)

  • The Rule of Three by Eric Walters (720L)

  • Undertow by Michael Buckley (730L)

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (770L)

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (770L)

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (790L)

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (810L)

  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (830L)

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (890L)

  • 1984 by George Orwell (1090L)

  • Gospel of John from the Bible

Grade 8- Year of Mercy through Social Justice

Please note that these books deal with serious world issues and may contain some mature content. Please read the synopsis and reviews on Goodreads and/or Barnes and Noble websites.

  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (630L) *This is the first book in a three-part series.*

  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz (760L)

  • A Night Divided Jennifer Nielsen(810L)

  • Diamond Boy by Michael Williams (820L)

  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (820L)

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (YA addition) (830L)

  • Unbroken (YA addition) by Laura Hillenbrand (850L)

  • On the Other Side Sky by Farah Ahmedi (850L)

  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (900L)

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (1000L)

  • The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson (1000L)

  • Gospel of Matthew from the Bible

Lexile Information

A Lexile measure is a piece of data that provides information about a student’s reading ability level and the level of difficulty of a text. A student with a higher Lexile is able to read more complex texts; likewise, a higher Lexile score represents a more complex text. You can find your son or daughter’s Lexile measure on his or her NWEA report.

The Lexile measure of a book is one area to take into account when helping your son or daughter choose a book to read. It is also important to consider content of the book, age appropriateness, and genre. (Go to www.lexile.com for more information)

Reflection Questions

    Reflection Questions:

    We would like you to reflect and connect to the novel on a personal level. Please DO NOT summarize the plot of the story. Instead, please select only one question and respond to this question in one paragraph of 6 - 8 sentences. You may choose a new question for each book, if you desire.

    • Pope Francis has declared this a “Year of Mercy.” How did a character demonstrate mercy in your book?

    • Authors can surprise the reader. What plot events, facts, or characters surprised you?

    • Novels can motivate readers to “make a difference.” What motivated you in this book?

    • Plots can be very interesting. What did you find most interesting as you read?

    • Stories can be confusing and make the reader question. What questions do you have about this plot?

    • What character did you connect with? Why? How?

    • At the end of a novel, the reader may wish there was a change. How would you change the story?


Students Entering into Grades 9-12

Reading Lists 9-12

Freshmen: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By William Kamkwamba
Sophomores: Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel
Juniors: The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd
Seniors: Warmth of Other Suns By Isabel Wilkerson

9th Grade

Freshmen Summer Reading


REQUIRED: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By William Kamkwamba

ISBN-13:9780061730337

*Students need to be sure to purchase the edition with the above ISBN and not the youth abridged.*

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Africa—a nation crippled by intense poverty, famine, and the AIDS plague—and how, with tenacity and imagination, he built a better life for himself, his family, and his village. Amazon.com


Recommended:

Brown Girl Dreaming- Jacqueline Woodson

I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

Life of Pi- Yann Martel

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

Click here to view the READING guide. 

10th Grade

Sophomore Summer Reading


*You may discover language in the telling of these stories that some may find objectionable. While we don’t encourage the use of such language, we understand that it belongs to the depth of human experience as portrayed in literature.*


REQUIRED : Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

ISBN-13: 9780804172448

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed. Barnes and Noble.com


RECOMMENDED:

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Once and Future King -T.H. White

Left to Tell -Immaculee Ilibagiza

Three Cups of Tea -Greg Mortenson

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down -Anne Fadiman

 
Click here to view the Reading guide

 

11th Grade

Junior Summer Reading


REQUIRED : The Invention of Wings -Sue Monk Kidd

ISBN-13:9780143121701


Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. Barnes and Noble. Com


RECOMMENDED:

In the Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

The Namesake -Jhumpa Lahiri

The Glass Castle -Jeannette Walls

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight -Alexandra Fuller


Click here TO VIEW the reading guide. 

12th Grade

 Senior Summer Reading

 

***Please note: ALL seniors, regardless of enrollment in English class at LHS MUST complete the summer reading. It will be used in other core classes***


Those enrolled in Honors English IV, please see additional requirements for summer reading at the bottom of this page.


Those enrolled in AP Literature and Composition, please see additional requirements for summer reading at the bottom of this page and in your e-mail.


REQUIRED: The Warmth of Other Suns-Isabel Wilkerson

ISBN-13:9780679763888

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. Barnes and Noble.com


RECOMMENDED:

Power of One-Bryce Courtenay

Map of the World-Jane Hamilton

Unbroken-Laura Hillenbrand

All the Light We Cannot See-Anthony Doerr

Bookseller of Kabul-Asne Seierstad




Senior Summer Reading Guide  
AP Literature and Composition Summer Reading Guide