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Summer Reading, Grade 9 to 10
Transcript of Summer Reading, Grade 9 to 10
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
3. Ignore instructions
An incredible father
"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?
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?
2016-17 Honors American Lit sample
In Ellen Foster, the title character is an 11-year-old orphan who refers to herself as "old Ellen," an appellation that is disturbingly apt. Ellen is an old woman in a child's body; her frail, unhappy mother dies, her abusive father alternately neglects her and makes advances on her, and she is shuttled from one uncaring relative's home to another before she finally takes matters into her own hands and finds herself a place to belong. Ellen is at the mercy of predatory adults, with only her own wit and courage--and the occasional kindness of others--to help her through. That she does, in fact, survive her childhood and even rise above it is the book's bittersweet victory.
“I could wake her up and ask have you ever been to the ocean? but I already know that answer. She has not. You can tell. It would humble you I whisper to her sleeping if you for one time stood by something stronger than yourself.”
― Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster