Summer Reading Program
Open Letter to Menaul School Students, Parents, and Guardians:
Adventurous ship cruises are offered to all students at Menaul School this summer! Each student will be involved in demonstrating the zest and zing of poet Emily Dickinson’s belief that “There is no frigate like a book/To take us lands away.” Students will be engaged in sailing the crests and swells of pages filled with the daunting adventures of Crispin: At the Edge of the World (6th Grade), the uplift of spirit of The Alchemist (7th Grade), the invigorating life lessons seen in The Glory Field (8th Grade), the inward revelations discovered in The Water Seeker (9th Grade), the heart break and soul reconstruction of The Iliad (10th Grade), the sensational foreboding of the short stories "Young Goodman Brown," "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?," and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" (11th Grade), and the liberation from self-deception in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (12th Grade).
So come aboard! The price of your cruise ticket: a willing spirit, a welcoming heart, and a probing mind. Each class has a specialized task (see attachments below) that must be completed and submitted punctually on August 19th, following the all-school camping trip at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. English Department evaluations of those tasks will count as the first major grade for the student's English class. No late assignments will be accepted.
Thought-inspiring adventure is a key to learning, and the reading navigated through the summer provides such adventure. Maintaining an inquisitive mind and keeping productive study habits also make for more successful students in the fall and beyond. Supporting students in their summer reading “cruises” will ready students to set sail on that certain, meaningful journey towards graduation from Menaul School, a college-preparatory learning institution.
Summer Reading List 2013:
6th Grade: Crispin: At the Edge of the World (Avi)
7th Grade: The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
8th Grade: The Glory Field (Walter Dean Myers)
9th Grade: The Water Seeker (Kimberly Willis Holt)
10th Grade: The Iliad (Homer)
Introduction to Mythology and You: Classical Mythology and Its Relevance in Today's World
(Donna Rosenberg and Sorelle Baker)
11th Grade: "Young Goodman Brown" (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" (Joyce Carol Oates)
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (Flannery O'Connor)
12th Grade: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (translated by Marie Borroff or by Burton Raffel)
ESL: Book of Virtues (William J. Bennett)
These books can be found at Bookworks, Barnes & Noble, or your local library.
Summer Reading Questions:
Please click on the appropriate link below and print out the required assignment. Assigments are due August 19th. No late assignments will be accepted.