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Pre Course / Summer Reading!

In addition to reading the books indicated below, detailed assignments for each course are also necessary. Specific assignments are available HERE, the MHS Library, the MHS Main Office, Monson Free Library.

All pre-course reading assignments will be due in the first week of class - both fall and spring semester – (unless otherwise noted on the detailed assignment sheets) and given directly to the teacher.

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REQUIRED READING LIST

English 9 and Honors English 9 - Ms. Walker / Ms. Doherty

For English 9,read one of the following books.

For Honors English 9, read both of the following books. 

* The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd***

* The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie***


English 10 and Honors English 10 - Ms. Doherty / Ms. Walker

For English 10, read one of the following books.

For Honors English 10, read two of the following books.

* A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini***

* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak***

* Sold by Patricia McCormick*

* Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan***

* I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb***


College and Career Readiness - Ms. Sama

Select one of the following to books to read.

* Monster by Walter Dean Myers***

* Girls Like Us by Gail Giles*


Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition – Ms. Doherty

* The Awakening by Kate Chopin***

* The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain***


Honors/AP English Language and Composition - Ms. Sama 

* On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King***

And one of the following is optional but strongly encouraged and will earn extra credit:

* The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins*

* Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner*


AP US History – sophomores – full year - Mr. Griffing

* Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A. Price

* The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson*


AP American Government - Mr. Vossen

* The Innocent Man by John Grisham*


Honors Physics - Mr. Fletcher

Choose one of the two books listed

* The Joy of Physics by Arthur W. Wiggins

* The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios*

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eBook availability at the Monson Free Library of titles marked:

* OverDrive (OD)

**Commonwealth eBook Collections (CeC)

***Both OD & CeC

Pre Course Assignments

Grade 9 English

ENGLISH 9 - Ms. Walker

 

English 9 Optional Pre-course assignment:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

 

Choose ONE of the above titles to read. Then, respond to of the below prompt.

1) In a well-developed essay, analyze how the main character overcomes a problem. Consider what the main problem is, and what coping mechanisms the character uses. Your essay should include the following:

a. An introductory paragraph that includes a thesis statement (main idea). The thesis must address your argument and how you will defend it.

b. Body paragraphs that include topic sentences, evidence (a quote), and analysis.

c. A concluding paragraph that restates your thesis

*Be sure you do not re-tell/summarize events of the story. Instead, rely on your analysis to drive the paper. Quotes should only be used to defend your argument. You will be graded using the Critical Thinking Rubric (found on the MHS website under Student Resources).

You will be graded using the Content Knowledge Rubric (found on the MHS website under Student Resources).

This assignment will be collected by your teacher in the first week of class.


HONORS ENGLISH 9 - Ms. Walker

  

Honors English 9 Required Pre-course assignment:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

 

You are required to read both titles listed above. Once you have done that, respond to the following prompt:

1.) In a well-developed essay, analyze how real life inspires fictional writing (i.e. how authors utilize references/allusions). Consider the overarching themes and political/social events occurring within the books. Use evidence from both stories to support your answer. Your essay should include the following:

a. An introductory paragraph that includes a thesis statement (main idea). The thesis must address your argument and how you will defend it.

b. Body paragraphs that include topic sentences, evidence (a quote), and analysis.

c. A concluding paragraph that restates your thesis

*Be sure you do not re-tell/summarize events of the story. Instead, rely on your analysis to drive the paper. Quotes should only be used to defend your argument.

You will be graded using the Critical Thinking Rubric (found on the MHS website under Student Resources). 

This assignment will be collected by your teacher in the first week of class.

Grade 10 English

ENGLISH 10 - Ms. Doherty / Ms. Walker

Directions:

Read one of the following novels and discuss the impact that any single choice had on the outcome of the novel. It does not have to be a choice that the main character made.

Be sure your essay is organized around a clear claim (thesis statement) that is supported throughout with evidence from the text.

 

Read one of the following books:

* A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

* Sold by Patricia McCormick

* Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

* I am Malala: The Girls Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb


HONORS ENGLISH 10 - Ms. Doherty 

Directions:

Read two of the five novels and respond in an essay that addresses both books. You may write about a common theme of loss of innocence, struggle, the treatment of young women, the effects of being treated as commodities, the impact of knowledge/learning on a character’s life, etc. 

Be sure your essay is organized around a clear claim (thesis statement) that is supported throughout with evidence from the texts.

 

Read two of the five books listed below:

* A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

* Sold by Pat McCormick

* Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

* I am Malala: The Girls Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

College and Career Readiness

CAREER and COLLEGE READINESS - Ms. Sama

 

Chose one of the following books to be read:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Both book options (Monster and Girls Like Us) involve main characters who are, in some sense, outcasts. In a well-written, detailed essay, explain how being treated as less than human impacts one of these characters. 400 word minimum.

 

 

This assignment will be collected at some point during the first week of class.

Honors and AP English Literature and Composition

HONORS and AP ENGLISH LITERATURE and COMPOSITION - Ms. Doherty

 

Books to be read:

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

 

Directions: Please read both novels prior to the first day of school. Your first assessment will be based on the novel The Awakening. When you have completed this novel, please look at the essay prompts listed below. Choose one and write an essay based on it. Please write this essay using MLA format. Identify the prompt on the front of your essay.

The assessment on Huckleberry Finn will be given in class at the end of the first unit.

 

Prompts

Prompt 1: An individual's struggle toward understanding and awareness is the traditional subject for the novelist. In an essay, apply this statement to The Awakening. Organize your essay according to the following plan: (1) Compare the protagonist as we see her in an early scene with the protagonist as we see her in a scene near the end of the novel. (2) Describe the techniques that the author uses to reveal the new understanding and awareness that the protagonist has achieved.

Prompt 2: Some novels and plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. One could argue that Kate Chopin attempts to do this in her novel. Analyze the techniques used to influence the reader's or audience's views. Avoid plot summary

Prompt 3: This novel presents significant events that are mental or psychological; for example, awakenings, discoveries, changes in consciousness. In a well-organized essay, describe how the author manages to give these internal events the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action. Do not merely summarize the plot.

Prompt 4: Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Show how Edna’s alienation reveals the surrounding society’s assumptions and moral values. 

This work will be collected at some point during your first week of class.

AP Language and Composition

AP Language and Composition - Ms. Sama - samak@monsonschools.com

Books:

1) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (required)

2) One selection from the AP Lang & Comp Reading List (options provided; see below)

Option 1: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

Option 2: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

 

Book One: On Writing by Stephen King

This book is divided into four sections; so are your assignments for it. For each assignment below, please include page numbers for the passages discussed.

Part/Section 1: "C.V." This is a nonfiction text, but it often reads like a novel. To tell his story, King uses literary elements and techniques (i.e. imagery, dialogue, figurative language) which we often associate with fictional pieces. Identify three passages in which King uses such elements/techniques effectively. Explain the elements/techniques he uses and why they are effective.

Part/Section 2: "Toolbox." Create a writer's toolbox for yourself. Identify seven rules of writing that King discusses (include page number), which you think are important or interesting. Then, add an additional seven rules of writing which you have either practiced or been taught throughout your school career. (Example: Never begin a sentence with 'and.')

Part/Section 3: "On Writing." How does King feel about writing? How do you know? Choose three key passages from this section in which King defines writing, either directly or figuratively. In your own words, restate King's point about writing in the passage and why you think this point is interesting or important.

Part/Section 4: "On Living: A Postscript." This task does not pertain to just this section of the book. Rather, explain your opinion of King as both a writer and a person. Would you consider reading one of his books now, for example? (If you have read one of his books prior to this assignment, has your opinion of this author changed? If so, how?) What do you think King's purpose was in writing this book? Support your answer to both prompts with evidence from the text.

 

Book 2, AP Lang: Of choice. See list of options.

**The reading of the second book is optional, along with the following assignment. However, it is strongly encouraged, and completion of this assignment will earn extra credit.**

Book Choices:

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

Book Review Assignment: Answer the following questions in regard to your selected book. Respond to each question in a short paragraph comprised of three to five sentences. (More is fine!) You will be assessed on the quality and thoughtfulness of your responses. Please type the questions above each response.

Questions:

1) What is the significance of the title, and what can we conclude from the title before opening

the text?

2) What is the goal of this book?

3) Do you agree with the author's argument? Do you see any holes in the author's argument?

Explain your thoughts.

4) What types of evidence does the author provide to support his/her claims? (i.e. scientific proof,

anecdote, opinion, etc.)

5) How does the author establish credibility?

6) What is an important event or passage in the book? Explain your choice.

7) What dominant themes permeate the book?

8) What questions do you have after reading the book?

9) Would you read another book by this author? Why/why not?

10) What effect does the book have on your beliefs, thoughts, and/or theories? Explain.

AP United States History

AP United States History Summer Reading assignment

The AP United States History summer reading is a 2 part assignment designed to introduce AP style reading and writing. We will look at evaluate events from two different historical periods.

Part 1

Love and Hate in Jamestown by David A. Price

Your summer reading Book assignment is to read the above titled book and complete the questions below using evidence from your reading. You must cite page numbers for each question and use quotes where applicable. Your answers must be well thought out and in complete sentence and or paragraph format where required. This assignment is to be typed and is due the first day of the new school year.

 

1. How was the venture to establish a new colony at Jamestown designed? What was the original purpose of the colony? Was the initial plan an effective business plan, provide evidence to support your conclusion.

2. Who was in charge at Jamestown? If there were multiple leaders mentioned in the book please discuss all of them to include leadership philosophy, leadership style and goals for the colony. Describe the political system and ideals that developed. If there were multiple leaders mentioned in the book please discuss all of them.

3. How did the early settlers provide for the basic needs of the colony during the beginning of the settlement? What economic system ultimately supports the colony? Explain using evidence from the text.

4. Describe the initial encounters between the British and the Powhatan Indians. How did the relationship change over time? Please cite at least two pieces of evidence from the text to support your answer.

5. Describe the role that the first African’s played in Jamestown. What was their role in society?

6. Discuss the major mistakes made at Jamestown by the British leaders, By the Native Americans? Please pick 2-3 for each and explain why you felt these were the most critical mistakes. Use evidence from the text to support your answers.

7. What Background and leadership qualities made John Smith “unusually well suited” to guide the Jamestown colony through its perilous early years? Cite evidence to support your conclusions. How did Smith display these qualities when Opechanough and Kekataugh, two of Chief Powhatan’s brothers interrogated him after he was captured? Support your answers with evidence from the text and cite.

8. Who was John Rolfe? Describe the doubts and desires he had when he first met Pocahontas. What were your impressions of wedding ceremonies and traditions of Colonial Virginia?

9. What do you think Pocahontas felt and thought when she encountered the sights sounds and smells of London in comparison to her homeland?

10. Why was Pocahontas not eager to return to her homeland? Describe her tragic death. What are your final thoughts on this infamous love affair?

11. Explain your thoughts and ideas about this book? Did it do a good job in explaining early settlements in the new world? Was it easy to read and comprehend? Why or why not?

Part 2

Required Reading: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 

This assignment will be given at the start of the new school year and will be due in January 2019. You are not required to do anything with this over the summer, but if you choose to you can start reading. This will go along with the time period we will be studying after Winter Break. More information regarding this assignment will be given in the first week of school. Below is a short summary of the content the book will be covering.

The Gilded Age: America was on the threshold of the twentieth century — a time of widespread violence, fantastic wealth, political corruption, dismal poverty, growing labor unrest, and financial panic. At a time when men and women as diverse as Jane Addams, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Edison, Samuel Gompers, and Frank Lloyd Wright could all gaze in wonder at the magnificence of the White City, there were also many serious flaws beneath the opulent surface of American Society. The World’s Columbian Exposition came at a time when both our country and the American people were undergoing a profound shift from an isolationist, small town agrarian nation to a mobile, activist, urban and mobile society.

AP American Government

AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - Mr. Vossen

Book to be read:

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

 

Directions:

Students should reflect on the book and prepare a 2-3 summary of what they believe are the book’s main ideas or contentions.

Students should prepare a 2-3 page reaction to The Innocent Man. Did they find Grisham’s propaganda on Capital Punishment or the Death Penalty convincing?

Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology with Mr. Tremblay

Ethics Research Paper. Summer 2017 Assignment

You need to contact me before August 1st to let me know what your topic is. If too many students take a topic it will be closed to anyone else. My email is tremblaym@monsonschools.com 

Ethics refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong founded by a group of people or society that prescribes how humans one should behave and ought to do (refrain from rape, stealing, murder, assault, slander, fraud, right to life, right to privacy etc…). In other words, society says it is the right or wrong thing to do. Ethics is also known as the “Shades of Gray” because there are times when there is no clear right or wrong choice.

Morals on the other hand are individual’s own principles and beliefs regarding right and wrong based on our family, religion, and society influences. In other words, we as individuals believe in something being right or wrong as oppose to the societal standards.

For your project, you need to select a healthcare related ethical issue that interests you; research both sides of the issue, form your own opinion about the issue, and present it to the class. Your paper must meet the following requirements:

Select a topic

Examples are genetic screening, body modification, organ transplantation, life support, genetic engineering, blood transfusions, confidentiality, euthanasia, prescription drugs, recreational drug use, stem cell research, government health regulations

Suggestions include:

  • Do we have a responsibility to provide healthcare to less fortunate people (government health regulations)?
  • Should we try to keep people alive at all costs, no matter what their physical or mental condition (life support vs. euthanasia)?
  • Should we experiment with animals to improve the quality of our lives (relate to cosmetics)?
  • Do recreational drugs pose a threat to young individuals in the United States (overdose to crimes associated with drugs)?
  • Should individuals with a known genetic disorder or trait have children?
  • Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering Stem cell research.
  • Is it wrong to divulge a patient record (confidentiality)?
  • Pro Choice vs. Pro life

Research the topic.

You must use and cite at least 5 documented sources (minimum of 2 referred journals or books and 3 quality internet references.)

· Text must include the following:

o Introduce and outline the ethical issue; why is it an ethical issue? Why should it be of interest or importance to the reader?

o One side of the issue

o The other side of the issue

o Your opinion of the issue (concluding paragraph)

 · 3-5 pages long, typed, double spaced, no larger than a 12 font, written in APA (both in-text and on work cited page). Please go to this website read and follow how to cite APA both in-text and work cited page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

· The body of the paper should reflect a clear understanding of these subjects written in your own words. Plagerism of any kind will result in a Zero. No questions.

· Do not use quotes, rather summarize or paraphrase the paper.

· You will present your ethics project to the class. This will include a PPT that summarizes what you found in your paper.

Grading will be as follows:

Both of these assignments will be graded as separate research projects. There will be several research papers that count as 30% of your grade.

I. Written paper – see communication rubric; DUE: This paper is due on the first day of class submitted to miketrem831@gmail.com

II. Presentation. After day one we will begin presentations. You have all summer to do this so there will be no extensions. If you sign up for the class last minute, you have two days to complete it.

Honors Physics

HONORS PHYSICS - Mr. Fletcher

Step One: Choose one of the two options listed below and read the indicated material:

The Joy of Physics by Arthur W. Wiggins (ISBN: 978-1-59102-590-0)

* Required Chapters:

o Introduction, Ch. 1-12, Ch. 15-22

* Suggested Reading:

o Ch. 14 & 15, Ch. 23 & 24

o Related experiments presented in the book

* Bonus Reading:

o Ch. 25-29

 

The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios (ISBN: 1-592-40146-5)

* Required Chapters:

o Ch. 1-19, Key Equations (appendix pgs. 317-322)

* Bonus Reading:

o Ch. 20-23

 

Step Two: Keep a journal describing the following major concepts in physics. Reference the major laws and/or principles that are involved, and give examples that illustrate them from the text you’ve chosen:

 

* Describing Motion

* Explaining Motion (Why things move)

* The Impulse/Momentum Connection

* Non-linear Motion (Motion in 2-D)

* The Work/Energy Connection

* Thermodynamics

* Waves and Sound

* Electricity (Charges and Currents)

* The Electro-magnetic Connection

 

Step Three: Write a reflection on the book that you’ve completed. In the body of your reflection, consider and respond to the following prompts:

 

* The part of the book that I enjoyed the most was…because…

* The part of the book that I enjoyed the least was…because…

* By reading the book I learned a lot about…

* What I learned had the following impacts on me…

* However, I still have questions regarding…

* I was really surprised and did not expect…

* I would like to follow-up and learn more about…

* If I could go back and re-do this I would…

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