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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 Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry. Be ready to share your thoughts about the book with your classmates.

GRADE 8

  • Read This is Not a Pipe Dream by Barry Kornhauser. Be ready to share your thoughts about the book with your classmates. (can be found at Dramatic Publishing -https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/browse/one-act-plays/this-is-not-a-pipe-dream)
  • 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 9

  • Read Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals
  • 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 10

Students who are not in the below classes should read one book from the Summer Reading List or one of their choice and be ready to share his/her thoughts about/analysis of the book with his/her classmates at the start of school.

Advanced American Literature

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

GRADE 11

Students who are not in the below classes should read one book from the Summer Reading List or one of their choice and be ready to share his/her thoughts about/analysis of the book with his/her classmates at the start of school.

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.

SL Chemistry

Read and outline Chapter 11 in your textbook.

Send a materials list request for your IAs to Natalie (ncoe@longtrailschool.org) by August 1st. 

Share your  IA proposal with Natalie (ncoe@longtrailschool.org)  through it in google docs.

SL LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

  • Read How Culture Controls Communication by  Carol Kinsey Goman how-culture-controls-communication and write a one-page reflection of how this informs your thoughts about language and/or global communications.

GRADE 12

Students who are not in the below classes should read one book from the Summer Reading List or one of their choice and be ready to share his/her thoughts about/analysis of the book with his/her classmates at the start of school.

AP Physics

Note: A PDF of these readings will be sent directly to the students. Read the following chapters in The Pleasure of Finding Things Out  by Richard Feynman.

Chapter 1 – The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Chapter 3 – Los Alamos from Below

Chapter 6 – The Value of Science

Chapter 8 – What is Science?

Chapter 10 – Cargo Cult Science: Learning How Not to Fool Yourself

Extended Essay
2000-word draft due to Deb and your EE advisor by September 3.

HL/SL 20th Century History

Draft of History IA due by September 20.

 

 
 
 
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