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Summer Reading, Grade 9 to 10

Books are awesome!

Kevin Redman

on 15 June 2016

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Transcript of Summer Reading, Grade 9 to 10

Summer reading, 2016
One title
for everyone
to read

One more
title from
these four
You are here, reading a great book.
How do I do this?
1. Pick your book
2. Set a timeline
3. Pick your task
4. Take notes
5. Write and review
Don't make a mistake!
1. Run out of time
2. Plagiarize
3. Ignore instructions
Scary neighbor
Summer mischief
An incredible father
Searing racism
Brilliant writing...
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
"a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between."
-- Judge Danforth
An American Classic
Adventures, in episode form
Prelude to Huck Finn
Free on Kindle, Nook, etc.
Humor and wit...
He was not the Model Boy of the village. He knew the model boy very well though--and loathed him.
Oh, they just have a bully time - take ships, and burn them, and get the money and bury it in awful places in their island where there's ghosts and things to watch, it, and kill everybody in the ships - make 'em walk a plank. they don't kill the women - they're too noble. And the women's always beautiful, too.
An escape story: teenage Taylor Greer gets out of rural Kentucky, only to have an infant child dumped in her lap. She finds the meaning of family in this funny, emotional survival story.
"I'm just a plain hillbilly from East Jesus Nowhere with this adopted child that everybody keeps on telling me is dumb as a box of rocks."
"I thought I'd had a pretty hard life. But I keep finding out that life can be hard in ways I never knew about."
A baseball player with phenomenal talent and larger-than-life appetites for food, women, and fame. What could possibly be the downside?
More on the specific assignment choices next time!
"First thing you can do, Ewell, is get your stinkin' carcass off my property. You're leanin' on it an' I can't afford fresh paint for it."
“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt...
nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.

What's in it for me?
Growing up.
Grownups are so bizarre.
"God, he was a smart kid..." So why did Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book tries to answer. By book's end, McCandless isn't merely a newspaper clipping, but a sympathetic, oddly magnetic personality. Whether he was "a courageous idealist, or a reckless idiot," you won't soon forget Christopher McCandless.
What if I don't do it?
2015-16 Honors American Lit sample
College Prep,
Honors classes
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.
“So is it just human nature to believe that things happen for a reason - to find some shred of meaning even in the worst experiences?”
― Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train
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