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

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson***
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie***

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***

For College and Career Readiness, read both of the following books

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers***
  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles*

For Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition, read both of the following books

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin***
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain***

For Honors English Language and Composition, read the following book

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

For AP English Language and Composition, read

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

AND one of the following:

  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser*
  • 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*

For AP US History – Grade 10, read

  • 1776 by David McCullough***
  • Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis***
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson*

For AP American Government, read

  • The Innocent Man by John Grisham*

For Honors Anatomy and Physiology

  • Research Assignment – no book

For Honors Physics, read one of the following books

  • The Joy of Physics by Arthur W. Wiggins
  • The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios*
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Grade 9

ENGLISH 9 with Ms. Walker

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

Directions:

Read one of the following novels and respond in an organized essay that identifies the novel’s message and discusses why you think the novel’s message is important. Be sure your essay is organized around a clear thesis statement that is supported throughout with evidence from the text.

 

Book to be read:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Or

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

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

 

HONORS ENGLISH 9 with Ms. Walker

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

Directions:

Read both of the following novels and write an essay that compares and contrasts Melinda’s high school experience to Junior’s and identifies key factors that influence that experience.

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

Books to be read: 

- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

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

Grade 10

ENGLISH 10 with Ms. Doherty / Ms. Walker

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

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 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 with Ms. Doherty

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018 

Directions:

Read two of the four 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, etc.

Be sure your essay is organized around a clear 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 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

 

AP United States History with Mr. Griffing

Summer Reading assignment 2017-2018

 

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

For part one of the assignment you are required to choose one of the following books to read:

 

1776 by David McCullough

Or

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph P. Ellis

You will be required to construct a well thought out essay that answers the following questions. Your essay should be no more than 5 pages in length, double spaced, using times new roman 12 font and 1 inch margins throughout your paper. This essay must be well structured and supported by evidence from the book you choose. Include the following information at the top of your first page: Your name, Author, Title of Book, place of publication, publisher, and date of publication.

 

This assignment will be due on the first day of class so do not procrastinate!

1. Background of the Author

a. Who is writing the book, and why do you feel he or she chose to write about this topic

b. What do you believe is the authors point of view relating to the book

c. What is the Authors bias towards the subject matter, give two examples of this citing the page number in your writing.

2. Background of the book

a. What is the historical context (what else is going on) of the book

b. What is the geographical setting of the book? ( where does it take place, be descriptive)

3. The thesis

a. What is the argument being made by the author? Cite at least 5 examples of evidence from the text that helps to outline and support the author’s thesis. You must cite page numbers.

4. Application

a. Discuss the political, social, economic and cultural aspects that are discussed in the book.

5. Analysis

a. What do you feel someone can learn from this book in terms of United States history and the culture of the nation during this time period? Cite evidence from the reading in order to support your ideas.

b. What parts of the book will be forever etched into your mind? You must pick at least 3 parts using quotes from the book and explain why you chose each

c. Explain how this book helped to give you a better understanding of the historical time period and why this is important to know and understand.

d. Did you like the book? Why or why not? Give details explaining your opinion.

 

Reading Assignment PART 2

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

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.

Essay:

Using Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, answer the following essay questions in a 4-6 page essay, written in MLA format. Provide EVIDENCE to ensure you are answering the question fully. Please cite page numbers in the assignment.

1. To what extent was the1893 Chicago World’s Fair a watershed event in American history influencing millions of contemporary American lives, while at the same time serving as a transitional event showcasing the many converging forces creating a blueprint for an emerging industrial, military, and economic superpower poised on entering the twentieth century.

 

2. Discuss the political, social, economic, and cultural aspects discussed in this book.

 

3. Why did the author write the book? (what is the author expressing concern for, deepening your understanding of, or sharing new evidence about- what is the message)

4. What did you learn about the time period?

 

5. How does this event/era connect with today?

 

6. Did you have any disagreements, questions or comments about the author’s evaluation or analysis?

 

This assignment will be due in January, however procrastination will make this a much more difficult assignment than it needs to be.

College and Career Readiness

CAREER and COLLEGE READINESS with Ms. Sama

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

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 English Language and Composition

HONORS ENGLISH LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION with Ms. Sama

Pre-course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

Book to be read:

· The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Choose one of the following prompts to respond to in a well-written, thoughtful essay. The essay should be a minimum of five-hundred (500) words. 

Choice 1: Often in literature, a character struggles against powerful forces or obstacles, and these struggles have a significant effect on that character. Discuss what Holden Caulfield struggles against, and what effect this struggle has on him. Be sure to strengthen your point of view with specific textural evidence.

Choice 2: In literature, as in life, people struggle with principles or beliefs they hold. Identify what Holden Caulfield's inner struggles might be, and how they are important to the book.

Honors and AP English Literature and Composition

HONORS and AP ENGLISH LITERATURE and COMPOSITION with Ms. Doherty

Pre-Course Reading Assessments 2017-2018

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 with Ms. Sama

Pre-Course Reading: 2017-2018

samak@monsonschools.com

 

Books:

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

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

Option 1: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Option 2: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

Option 3: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

(See reverse side of this handout for book summaries to help you choose.) 

The pre-course reading is a mandatory assignment to help you prepare for this course. Please do not use Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, Shmoop, Wikipedia, etc. I want to know what you think. This class will involve a great deal of thinking, reading, discussing, and writing. It is critical that you come prepared to class each day, and that includes day one.

The best thing you can do to prepare for success in this course is to read. Read frequently, read attentively, and read various authors and types of writing.

Please feel free to contact me with questions, either in person or using the email address included at the top of this page.

I look forward to working with you this year to learn more about how authors use language to create meaning and to develop their arguments. See you in September! (or January!)

~ Ms. Sama

  

For Your Book of Choice:

(One book to be read in addition to Stephen King's On Writing)

Option 1: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

A book by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser that examines the local and global influence of the United States fast food industry.

Option 2: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins

The author's fundamental argument is simple. Many of the traits that correlate with “outsider” status among high school students — originality, self-awareness, courage, resilience, integrity and passion — reveal themselves as assets later in life. Robbins's narrative follows seven young “outsiders” at different high schools over the course of a year. They are defined by labels that could be the major arcana in a tarot deck of awkwardness: the Band Geek, the New Girl, the Loner, the Gamer, the Nerd; the group also includes a popular girl and a young lesbian teacher, whose perspectives are an interesting addition.

Option 3: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The book is a collection of 'economic' articles written by Levitt, an expert who has already gained a reputation for applying economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by "traditional" economists. One example of the authors' use of economic theory involves demonstrating the existence of cheating among sumo wrestlers. In Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner argue that economics is, at root, the study of incentives. 

*Book summaries are taken from either wikipedia.com or the various New York Times book summaries websites.

 

AP Language and Composition 2017-2018

Writing Assignments: Book One: On Writing

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.

 

Writing Assignments: Book 2: Of choice. See list of options.

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 with Mr. Griffing

Summer Reading assignment 2017-2018 

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

For part one of the assignment you are required to choose one of the following books to read:

1776 by David McCullough

Or

Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph P. Ellis

You will be required to construct a well thought out essay that answers the following questions. Your essay should be no more than 5 pages in length, double spaced, using times new roman 12 font and 1 inch margins throughout your paper. This essay must be well structured and supported by evidence from the book you choose. Include the following information at the top of your first page: Your name, Author, Title of Book, place of publication, publisher, and date of publication.

 

This assignment will be due on the first day of class so do not procrastinate!

1. Background of the Author

a. Who is writing the book, and why do you feel he or she chose to write about this topic

b. What do you believe is the authors point of view relating to the book

c. What is the Authors bias towards the subject matter, give two examples of this citing the page number in your writing.

2. Background of the book

a. What is the historical context (what else is going on) of the book

b. What is the geographical setting of the book? ( where does it take place, be descriptive)

3. The thesis

a. What is the argument being made by the author? Cite at least 5 examples of evidence from the text that helps to outline and support the author’s thesis. You must cite page numbers.

4. Application

a. Discuss the political, social, economic and cultural aspects that are discussed in the book.

5. Analysis

a. What do you feel someone can learn from this book in terms of United States history and the culture of the nation during this time period? Cite evidence from the reading in order to support your ideas.

b. What parts of the book will be forever etched into your mind? You must pick at least 3 parts using quotes from the book and explain why you chose each

c. Explain how this book helped to give you a better understanding of the historical time period and why this is important to know and understand.

d. Did you like the book? Why or why not? Give details explaining your opinion.

 

Reading Assignment PART 2

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

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.

Essay:

Using Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, answer the following essay questions in a 4-6 page essay, written in MLA format. Provide EVIDENCE to ensure you are answering the question fully. Please cite page numbers in the assignment.

1. To what extent was the1893 Chicago World’s Fair a watershed event in American history influencing millions of contemporary American lives, while at the same time serving as a transitional event showcasing the many converging forces creating a blueprint for an emerging industrial, military, and economic superpower poised on entering the twentieth century.

 

2. Discuss the political, social, economic, and cultural aspects discussed in this book.

 

3. Why did the author write the book? (what is the author expressing concern for, deepening your understanding of, or sharing new evidence about- what is the message)

4. What did you learn about the time period?

 

5. How does this event/era connect with today?

 

6. Did you have any disagreements, questions or comments about the author’s evaluation or analysis?

 

This assignment will be due in January, however procrastination will make this a much more difficult assignment than it needs to be.

AP American Government

AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT with Mr. Vossen

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018 

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 with Mr. Fletcher

Pre-Course Reading and Assessments 2017-2018

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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