Jackson Hole Community School

Summer Reading

Summer Reading List

JHCS students are required to read one book and to write one essay over the summer. Juniors and seniors are required to watch one film in addition to the assigned novel, and their summer reading essay should analyze the novel or a shared theme found in both works (the book and the film). Summer reading is assigned by grade level (see below). We encourage students to explore some of the suggested reads found on the back of this page, too. For the essay, each student needs to follow the directions outlined below. Any questions you have regarding summer reading and the required essay should be directed to Smith Maddrey at [email protected] Happy summer!

Required Summer Reading (and film viewing):

9th Grade: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

10th Grade: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

11th Grade Novel: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

                    Film: A River Runs Through It

12th Grade Novel: The Brave Cowboy by Edward Abbey

                    Film: Dances with Wolves
 

SUMMER READING ESSAY

Students are required to write an analytical essay that puts forth a clear and insightful argument (thesis) addressing ONE of the following prompts. 12th grade student essays need to be 3-4 pages long; 9th through 11th grade essays need to be 2-3 pages long (double-spaced). The questions (you need only choose one) are meant to help you form a unique and critical thesis. Using outside sources (such as the internet, parents, or friends) and claiming those ideas as your own represents a breach of JHCS’s Honor Code. Make sure the essay incorporates your own interpretation and be sure to cite specific examples from the text/film to support your argument.
 

1) Discuss a major theme or symbol that you see throughout the novel (or novel and film). What is the significance of the symbol? How does the author develop the theme to make a larger point?

2) Evaluate the tone and bias of the author’s voice. What lens are you seeing the story through? How is the narration shaped in order for the author to convey/emphasize a point?

3) Analyze the agenda and message of the author. What is it that the author wants the reader to walk away with? Why might the author have decided to tell the story that he/she did?

4) Create a critical response with a focus of your own choosing.
 

DUE DATE: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in your English class

Suggested Reading
—These lists include works that the English and History departments at JHCS recommend as worthwhile reads for our students at each grade level. (Disclaimer: A few of the suggested texts feature language and detail that might be uncomfortable for some readers. Students should feel free to research the nature of the story before reading it).
 

Grade 9

The Pearl –John Steinbeck

The House on Mango Street –Sandra Cisneros

Endurance  –Alfred Lansing

Ender’s Game –Orson Scott Card

A Separate Peace –John Knowles

Kon-Tiki –Thor Heyerdahl

Wapiti Wilderness—Margaret and Olaus Murie

A Raisin in the Sun—Lorraine Hansberry

An Unfinished Life—Mark Spragg

My Antonia –Willa Cather

Princess Bride—William Goldman


Grade 10

Power of One—Bryce Courtney

West with the Night—Beryl Markham

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich—Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Legends of the Fall—Jim Harrison

Berlin City of Stones—Jason Lutes

What is the What—Dave Eggers

Genome—Matt Ridley

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body--Neil Shubin

A Farewell to Arms—Ernest Hemingway
 

Grade 11

Ragtime –E.L. Doctorow

Angela’s Ashes –Frank McCourt

Devil in the White City—Erik Larson

Man Hunt: The Twelve Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer --James L. Swanson

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn–Betty Smith

The Brothers K—David James Duncan

Franny and Zooey—J.D. Salinger

This Boy’s Life—Tobias Wolff

Breakfast at Tiffanys—Truman Capote

Manchild in the Promised Land—Claude Brown

A River Runs Through It—Norman MacLean
 

Grade 12

The Professor and the Madman—Simon Winchester

Disappearing Spoon—Sam Kean

And the Band Played On—Randy Shilts

The Handmaid’s Tale –Margaret Atwood

The Awakening –Kate Chopin

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks—Rebecca Skloot

White Noise—Don Delillo

The Unbearable Lightness of Being—Milan Kundera

The Glass Castle—Jeanette Walls



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