ALL SCHOOL SUMMER READING CHOICES
ADDITIONAL HONORS/AP REQUIRED READING
Every single student, regardless of grade or track, chooses and reads one of these books.
Honors/AP students ALSO read the book below that corresponds to their course. Honors/AP Students read a total of 2 books.
For each book on the list, we have prepared a short guide that includes background material, context as to why the book is relevant, resources to go deeper, and questions to think about to help guide your reading, as well as links to places to find a copy of the book. You can find those links in the left-hand column of this page.
When we return to school in the fall, we will engage in classroom activities that will be based on the Guiding Questions found below.
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THEMATIC DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR ALL BOOKS
These are the kind of questions you should be prepared to answer and discuss in the fall, using evidence and quotations from the book you chose.
All of the books on the reading list relate to these questions in some way, and you will be discussing these questions with people who have read other books.
There are also useful guiding questions on the pages for each individual book. Being able to answer those questions will help you participate in the conversation, and find supporting textual evidence.
How (and why) do institutional authorities use language and/or technology to establish, and maintain power?
How important is individual privacy in a technologically connected world? Why?
“What Orwell (1984) feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley (Brave New World) feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.”
-Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985)
Do individuals have a duty to resist Totalitarianism (or institutions they perceive to be unjust)?
|1984||London, 1984||Adults, Male Lead||Bleak||Speculative||300||All other books connect in some way|
|Brave New World||Earth , 2540||Adults||Satrical||Speculative/ Sci-fi||<300||Satirical Utopia|
|Fahrenheit 451||Earth, ~2053||Adults||Bleak||Speculative||<200||REQUIRED for Honors I (9th grade honors)|
|Teens Male, Female||Satirical, Serious||Sci-fi||<250||Strong Language, used for satirical purpose.|
|Maggot Moon||England, 1954||
Teen Male (Learning Difference)
|Bleak / Heroic||Alternate History||<300, short chapters||Simply written, but with depth. One violent scene.|
|Prez, vol 1||USA, 2036||Teen Female||Satirical, Humorous||Speculative. Comics Format||<160, Illustrated||Worth reading twice: first for plot, then for images|
|UnSpun||USA, Modern Day||n/a||Informative||Non-Fiction||<200||Examples from 2004, but content still highly relevant|
|Watched||NYC, Modern Day||Teen Male (Immigrant)||Suspenseful||Realistic Fiction||<300||Least "Techy", but technology still plays a role.|