10th Grade

Incoming Academic 10 Summer Reading

Summer Reading is required for students taking Academic English 10.

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

If borrowing a book, bring double entry notes on separate paper including page numbers.

Students need to read ONE of the following books:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by khaled HoSSEINI

On the New York Times Best Sellers’ list for 103 weeks, this sequel to the wildly popular novel, The Kiterunner, follows the lives of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, as they move from children to adults. The book spans 30 years, beginning with the Soviet invasion and ending with the overthrow of the Taliban. In the novel, two women go from being enemies to unlikely friends. It is a moving story about the power of love, the bonds of friendship, the love of country, and the struggle to survive. Please note: This is not a "Young Adult" novel, and may contain material deemed objectionable.

Under The Persimmon Tree by SUSAN FISHER-STAPLES

In this intense novel, Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means “star,” suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are taken by the Taliban and she witnesses her mother and newborn brother die in an air raid. Meanwhile, an American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. As the stars align, their lives become unexpectedly intertwined as they are forced to run for their lives.

Persepolis by MARJANE SATRAPI

This graphic novel has been described by critics as wise, funny, and heartbreaking. Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane lives a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. She is a true teenage rebel whose passion threatens her very survival. The red covered book is Part 1. This is the required text. The blue covered book is Part 1 and Part 2. If you purchase this text, you are only responsible for Part 1.
Please note: This is not a "Young Adult" novel, and may contain material deemed objectionable.

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi is a humorous and sarcastic memoir about growing up as an Iranian immigrant in America. It begins when 7-year old Firoozeh and her family move from Abadan, Iran to the strange new land of Whittier, California. From there, the story moves back and forth in time, covering the narrator's childhood in Iran, her adulthood and marriage.


ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
    • It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.
    • On the first day of class:
      • Annotations will be collected for a total of 30 formative points.
      • There will be a true/false reading quiz worth 20 formative points.
      • At the end of first marking period, there will be a writing assessment (100 summative points)
        • Students will be given several prompts to choose from.
        • Students will respond to the chosen prompts with cited textual evidence from their books (quotes).
        • Writing Areas of Focus:
          • topic sentences
          • proper embedding
          • thorough explanations


INCOMING HONORS 10 SUMMER READING

Students are required to acquire their own books and bring them with them, annotated, on the first day of class.

If borrowing a book, bring double entry notes on separate paper including page numbers.

HONORS: Students will read TWO books.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.


AND one of the books below.


A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS BY KHALED HOSSEINI

On the New York Times Best Sellers’ list for 103 weeks, this sequel to the wildly popular novel, The Kiterunner, follows the lives of two Afghani women, Mariam and Laila, as they move from children to adults. The book spans 30 years, beginning with the Soviet invasion and ending with the overthrow of the Taliban. In the novel, two women go from being enemies to unlikely friends. It is a moving story about the power of love, the bonds of friendship, the love of country, and the struggle to survive.Please note: This is not a "Young Adult" novel, and may contain material deemed objectionable.

UNDER THE PERSIMMON TREE BY SUSAN FISHER-STAPLES

In this intense novel, Najmah, a young Afghan girl whose name means “star,” suddenly finds herself alone when her father and older brother are taken by the Taliban and she witnesses her mother and newborn brother die in an air raid. Meanwhile, an American woman, Elaine, whose Islamic name is Nusrat, is also on her own. She waits out the war in Peshawar, Pakistan, teaching refugee children under the persimmon tree in her garden while her Afghan doctor husband runs a clinic in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. As the stars align, their lives become unexpectedly intertwined as they are forced to run for their lives.

PERSEPOLIS BY MARJANE SATRAPI

This graphic novel has been described by critics as wise, funny, and heartbreaking. Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane lives a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. She is a true teenage rebel whose passion threatens her very survival. The red covered book is Part 1. This is the required text. The blue covered book is Part 1 and Part 2. If you purchase this text, you are only responsible for Part 1.
Please note: This is not a "Young Adult" novel, and may contain material deemed objectionable.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES
  • It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.
    • On the first day of class:
      • Annotations will be collected for a total of 30 formative points each.
      • There will be a true/false reading quiz worth 20 summative points each.
      • At the end of first marking period, there will be a writing assessment (100 summative points)
        • Students will be given several prompts to choose from.
        • Students will respond to the chosen prompts with cited textual evidence from their books (quotes).
          • Writing Areas of Focus:
            • topic sentences
            • proper embedding
            • thorough explanations