10th Grade

10th Grade English Academic Summer Reading

Students are required to acquire their own book(s) and bring it with them, annotated, on the first day of class.  It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.

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A copy of the book should be purchased and the required reading should be completed before the first day of school. 

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This nonfiction account looks at the story of Chris McCandless- a young man who graduates college then goes on a vision quest, abandoning his car, his money, his belongings, and maps in an exploration of the wilderness of America. Somewhere along the way McCandless made mistakes in his journeys that ultimately cost him his life. Author Jon Krakauer explores the story of McCandless and looks at the legend the young man became in the aftermath of the events that surrounded his short life.

Requirements: Students should read chapters 1 thru 9 in the book, take notes to themselves in the book, and be prepared for a formative quiz on day 1. The rest of the book will be worked on in class once the school year starts.


10th Grade English Honors: Summer Reading

Students are required to acquire their own book(s) and bring it with them, annotated, on the first day of class.  

Click Here for Annotation Rubric/Model

A copy of the book should be purchased and the required reading should be completed before the first day of school. 

The Things They Carried: by Tim O’Brien

Expectations:

  • Annotations are strongly encouraged, but are not required.

  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

From Penguin.com: A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene.  The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O' Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. 

Taught everywhere - from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing - it have become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.  The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etanger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Details regarding Summer Reading requirements for 10th Grade English Learning Support students is available using the link below:

10th Grade Learning Support