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2015 Summer Reading and class assignments: Summer Reading

2015 Summer Reading - for All NSHS Students

Summer Reading 2015

Every student in every grade should read our One School, One Book choice for 2015:

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Unless your class is listed below, you should also read:  Two books of your choice.

Some classes require specific summer reading:

Honors English

Students entering Honors Sophomore English should read The Other Wes Moore and two of the following books: Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, or The Plague by Albert Camus.  Students should take notes on these books and be prepared to participate in literature circles--as well as write an in-class essay--about these books within the first few weeks of school.

Students entering Honors Junior English should read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, in addition to The Other Wes Moore. Students will be asked to write an essay about the texts.


Shakespeare

Students entering Shakespeare should read The Other Wes Moore and one book of choice. Students should also read ONE of the following works on Shakespeare:

 ACP

•     Shakespeare: The World As Stage, by Bill Bryson (biography—208 pgs.)

•     How Shakespeare Changed Everything, by Stephen Marche (sociology/history—224 pgs.)

•     Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates (memoir—304 pgs.)

 Honors

•     Will In The World, by Stephen Greenblatt (biography/criticism—448 pgs.)

•     Stories from Shakespeare, by Marchette Chute (fiction [all Shakespeare’s plays in short story form]—301 pgs.)

•     30 Myths about Shakespeare, by Emma Smith (criticism/history—224 pgs.)


Modern Global Communities

Students entering Honors Sophomore MGC (Modern Global Communities) should read one book of choice, The Other Wes Moore, and The Post-American World (Release 2.0) by Fareed Zakaria. Students will be asked to respond to The Other Wes Moore in an argumentative essay and to The Post-American World (Release 2.0) in a history test.

Students entering Honors Junior MGC (Modern Global Communities) should read Passing by Nella Larsen and one book of your choice, in addition to The Other Wes Moore. Students in honors will be asked to write an in-class essay on Passing.

All students entering Senior MGC: Words That Changed the World should read The Other Wes Moore.  Honors students ONLY should also read A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and ONE BOOK OF CHOICE.  Students enrolled in ACP and CP, in addition to The Other Wes Moore, should read TWO BOOKS OF CHOICE.  Students should be prepared to discuss and write about the main characters' learning experiences.  Students taking this class at the Honors level should be prepared to write an in-class essay on A Prayer for Owen Meany during the first weeks of school.

Students entering Global Communities Honors: World History 10th are required to to read Fareed Zakaria’s The Post American World 2.0.
Click link for guide on
History page.

Students entering Global Communities Honors: US History 11th should follow instructions on the 11th Grade Global Honors doc found the History page.

 


African American Literature

Students enrolled for honors in African American Literature should read Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum, The Other Wes Moore, and a third option from a list that is available online (nshsafamlit.blogspot.com) or from Mr. Weintraub (david_weintraub@newton.k12.ma.us) or Ms. Sumner (katani_sumner@newton.k12.ma.us).  


AP English

Students entering AP English Literature are required to read 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Atonement by Ian McEwan, and should be prepared to write in-class essays on the two works during the first week of school. Students should also read The Other Wes Moore.

Students entering AP English Language should read The Other Wes Moore and one set of three books from a list; the list is available on the English Department web site, and from Mr. Kaplan (alexander_kaplan@newton.k12.ma.us), Mr. Lee (Samuel_lee@newton.k12.ma.us)or Mr. Baron (brian_baron@newton.k12.ma.us). The writing assignment students will be asked to complete is also available from the instructors.


Film Studies

Students taking Honors Film Studies should read The Other Wes Moore and watch three films from the list provided on Mr. Weintraub's website, nshsfilm.blogspot.com. Consult Mr. Weintraub (david_weintraub@newton.k12.ma.us) for more information.


AP Biology

Students entering AP Biology  - - - coming soon - - -  Contact Dr. Kraus for more information. 


History

Students entering AP US History - Please got to AP United States History Summer Work to access the required and supplemental materials you should read over the summer.

 

Students entering European History should follow instructions on the European History doc found the History page.


 

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