DEPAUL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
SUMMER READING 2012
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”
To encourage independent reading we believe that summer reading is a means to support and enrich students’ reading and language development. Just as athletics, music, and other endeavors require attention to year- round physical fitness and skill development, academic fitness requires year- round attention to the practice of reading and the development of a rich background of experiences and knowledge. Reading develops increased comprehension skills and fluency with writing. Reading also improves SAT scores and chances for success in college.
Our process will ask all students to read one book specific to their grade level. The selected title will serve as a springboard for discussion throughout our academic year in English classes. These titles share themes, characters, symbols and concepts that are relevant to grade level curriculum. Formal assessment will be integrated into writing assignments, oral presentation, and/or objective tests. Your student will not be tested or assessed on the first day of school. Each teacher will announce and post when assessment of summer reading will take place. Each student has the option of purchasing the text or borrowing it from their local public library. However, each student is responsible for bringing a copy of the book to class when the teacher integrates it into the lesson. It is our sincere hope that this assignment helps students discover themselves more fully. We want to assist in their journey as life-long learners and as a means toward continuous personal growth.
GRADE 8 PREP:
The Call of The Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Indian
My Sister’s Keeper
Susan Drew, Religion
Nicholas Lombardi, World Languages, Physical Education, Fine and Performing Arts
Colleen M. Sullivan, English and Social Studies
Bernadette Wiltshire, Mathematics and Science