9th Grade

9th Grade Academic Summer Reading

Expectations

    • BEFORE reading the novel, students should read the important information on the HOME page of this site regarding annotating.
    • Each student is responsible for purchasing his/her books.
    • Read, annotate (rubric/model) and take notes on text prior to the first day of class.
    • Book and notes will be collected on the first day of class.
    • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class worth 30 points.

    Anthem

    By Ayn Rand

    Anthem is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in a future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, to the point of not even knowing words like "I" or "mine." Everyone lives and works in collective groups, with all aspects of daily life dictated by "councils" -- the Council of Vocations, the Council of Scholars, etc. His curiosity leads him to forbidden discoveries and eventually to exile, where he makes the greatest discovery of all.

    9th Grade Honors Summer Reading Requirements

    Expectations

    • Each student is responsible for purchasing his/her books.
    • Read, annotate (see rubric below) and take notes on BOTH texts prior to the first day of class.
    • Books and notes will be collected on the first day of class.
    • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

Required Texts

    Anthem by Ayn Rand

    Anthem is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in a future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, to the point of not even knowing words like "I" or "mine." Everyone lives and works in collective groups, with all aspects of daily life dictated by "councils" -- the Council of Vocations, the Council of Scholars, etc. His curiosity leads him to forbidden discoveries and eventually to exile, where he makes the greatest discovery of all.


    A Tale of Two Cities (unabridged) by Charles Dickens

    It was the time of the French Revolution — a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens' great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfolds. Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman — Charles Darnay — falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.