Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Woodrow Summer Reading, 2012: An Overview

Sometimes things aren't as clear as we believe them to be, so here is the summer reading list one more time, all together, in one location:

NOTE: Acquire the novels at the least personal expense possible. The edition matters little as long as it is the full, unabridged edition. You may pick up a copy at a retail, wholesale, or re-sale outlet--real or online--or even a public library; just be sure to have the books read and available for use on day one when the new school year begins.

Incoming 12th Graders
  • AP Literature
    • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    • Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
  • IB Literature
    • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Incoming 11th Graders
  • AP Language & IB Literarture
    • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
    • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Incoming 10th Graders
  • On-level 10th Grade
    • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Pre-AP
    •  Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Pre-IB
    •  Night by Elie Wiesel
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • The Once and Future King by T. H. White
All Incoming 9th Graders (go here for the assignment)
  •  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Monday, May 14, 2012

Woodrow Summer Reading, 2012: 11th Grade

The following books are the assigned summer reading for incoming 11th graders at Woodrow Wilson:

For AP English Language and Composition or 11th Grade IB Literature (doesn't matter which, you're reading the same two):

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the second novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, and it is not the story you anticipate. I will fully admit that I was skeptical upon opening the book, but I was quickly disabused of any concerns--in fact, I couldn't put it down. A political thriller, this novella is a classic story of post-9/11 disillusionment with the American Dream and all its wretched excess. Part-spy-thriller, part-romance, this story will make you think.

 First of all, Into the Wild is non-fiction written by a regular contributor for Outside Magazine. Second, there is a movie, but I don't advise watching it at all. You don't need it. Third, don't read this book in an enclosed area, especially if the A/C is on high. This book reveals right on the cover that the subject of the book, a young man fresh out of college, died doing this; in spite of this spoiler, the book is riveting and will make you reconsider your camping plans.

Woodrow Summer Reading, 2012: 12th Graders

The following books are the assigned summer reading for incoming 12th graders at Woodrow Wilson:

Mr. Black's AP English Literature and Composition classes:


Ms. Kaiser's IB Literature class:


Woodrow Summer Reading, 2012: 10th Grade

The following books are the assigned summer reading for incoming 10th graders at Woodrow Wilson:

 On-level 10th graders:

Pre-AP 10th Graders: Night by Elie Wiesel, and...

Pre-IB 10th Graders: Wiesel's Night, Orwell's Animal Farm, and...

Woodrow Summer Reading, 2012: 9th Grade

The following books are the assigned summer reading for incoming 9th graders at Woodrow Wilson:

Your assignment will be to complete a summer reading response journal and be prepared to give an oral presentation (specific assignment will be given to you on the first day of school).

Summer Reading Response Journal Directions:
This journal is due on the first FRIDAY of class. It will seriously affect your grade if you do not put much thought into it, if you do not complete it, or if you fail to turn it in.

Interesting/Valuable Quotes and Reading Response Journal
  • Find at least 5 (five) significant quotes (no more than one in any chapter).
  • Quotes can be phrases, clauses, sentences, or passages that you feel represent some universal or important statement that the novel makes. Include page numbers for all quotes and explain WHY you find the quotes interesting or valuable (give extended commentary analysis of at least 1 developed paragraph in length for each quote, as opposed to a few hastily written sentences).