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At Long Trail School,  we believe that summer reading is meant to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to develop our students’ abilities to choose books for themselves. During the school year, students have little choice in what is read within our classrooms (besides reading on their own for pleasure). During the summer months, we want our students to be able to read and explore topics of their own interest and genres. By allowing the students to practice choosing books, self-regulating when and where they read, and sustaining that reading over the summer, we hope students’ identities as readers will continue to grow throughout the summer months. The students’ choice of reading will also foster a vibrant and diverse community of readers upon their return to school in the fall. Their summer reading experience will stimulate an exciting conversation about books both with their peers and with their teachers.

Studies have shown that students who choose to read on their own and find reading a pleasant experience are far more likely to experience the benefits of reading, such as improved vocabulary, wider background knowledge, greater reading comprehension, and increased likelihood of becoming a lifelong reader. Through research, we know that students need a choice of reading materials that correspond to student interests and reading level, time and opportunity for sustained reading, and the opportunity to interact socially around reading. Parents are encouraged to assist students in choosing age-appropriate books at or a little above your child’s reading level.  We have included a recommended reading list which will give families ideas to chose from.

ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE  ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.

GRADE 6 & 7

  • Read one book of your choice or one from the Summer Reading List. Be ready to share your thoughts about the book with your classmates.

GRADE 8

  • Read two books of your choice or two from the Summer Reading List. Be ready to share your thoughts about the book with your classmates.

GRADE 9

  • Read two books of your choice or two from the Summer Reading List. Be ready to share your thoughts about the book with your classmates.

GRADE 10

Advanced Modern World History

  • Read: A Little History of the World. Students will need to pick up a copy of the book from Tess by June 15th.
  • Answer the following two questions in paragraph style after reading the book. We will reference the content of the book at the start of school so students should be familiar with the content of the whole book.
    • Gombrich began by listing potential topics for the book–and likely, he made changes to that list as he worked, as any good writer would. What things did he include in this book that you would have expected to see there? Were some topics a surprise–or even new to you? Should a good history have surprises? Did he leave out anything he should have included?
    • Gombrich’s last chapter ends with him recounted the important events which happened in his life up to WWII and the atomic bomb. What three important events in history which took place after the atomic bomb would you add to the end of the book? Provide evidence to support your reasoning.

Advanced American Literature

Choose one of the following and be prepared to discuss and to write about whichever book you select.

  • The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z
    Kate Messner
    How is it possible to juggle a middle school science project, training for cross country, and a stressed home life? Gianna Z is about to find out how far she can push herself with the help of friends and family. This engaging novel is set in northern Vermont.
  • Northern Borders
    Howard Frank Mosher. 2002
    A coming of age story set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, written by one of the state’s most noted contemporary authors. Told by a man looking back at his boyhood, the novel recounts scenes that many will recognize from life in the country: fairs, small towns, and little schools.
  • A coming-of-age book of your own choosing which is based in New England. Be prepared to discuss and to write about whichever book you select!

GRADE 11

  • HL/SL History of the Americas
    Students should read Chapter 2 of Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger and define terms, and one short answer question (attached as a PDF).
  • SL Biology 1
    Topic 2.1-2.6: Molecular Biology/ Biochemistry, Biozone reading and workbook pages: 51-73 (See Scott W for copies of materials). Please see LTSites for SL Biology 1 and HL Biology 1 for further support materials including online presentations and references.
  • HL Biology 1
    Topic 2.1-2.9, Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, Biozone reading and workbook pages: 51-92 (See Scott W for copies of materials). Please see LTSites for SL Biology 1 and HL Biology 1 for further support materials including online presentations and references.

GRADE 12

  • IB Theatre
    Students should be prepared to discuss in detail every theatre production they attended or in which they performed.
  • Extended Essay
    Seniors should have their EE contracts signed by their faculty supervisors BEFORE they depart for the summer. They should also have discussed with them a plan to complete the writing process sometime between October 19th and November 2. Students who do not meet LTS’s internal deadline for submission of their EE by November 2 may forfeit their status as a full-diploma candidate.
  • IB History
    Students are expected to find additional sources if they have holes in their research/investigation they need to fill.

Students entering GRADES 10, 11 & 12 who are not in the above classes: Read one book from the Summer Reading List or one of your choice. Be ready to share your thoughts about/analysis of the book with your classmates at the start of school.

 

 

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