Welcome to Summer Reading 2018! For this summer, the students at each grade level read at least two books: one title will be required reading for all students in that grade – our all-grade-level book. The other book that you read may come from any other title on the general list.
Seniors, however, must read and comment upon a second specific title, and may then choose their third book to earn three extra points.
1.Each student must read and comment upon two books – the grade-level book and another book chosen from the general list.
2. When he completes the required two books, he earns one point to his fall trimester grade in the course of his choice.
3. When he reads and writes about three or more books, he earns three points to his fall trimester grade in the course of his choice.
4.If he doesn’t complete the reading and writing, three points will be taken away from his Literature fall trimester grade.
Part of the credit each student earns depends upon him accessing the Google Groups discussion page for these books and posting five thoughtful comments about a line, action, or character from each of his chosen works.
Returning students are automatically added to this Google Group using a Blue Ridge School email and password. New students should contact Dr. Kevin Miller if they already have a Blue Ridge School gmail account and wish to get a head start. The first time a student accesses the site he will be prompted to sign in, after which he can click on the topic that contains the title of the book he is reading and post away.
On the first full day of classes, Monday September 10, each student will pass in to his advisor one of the following for each book he has read:
• a 300-500 word essay on the theme, "If I were the protagonist (or major supporting character) of this book, here's what I would have done differently...and here's why."
• An essay about a character or particular scene in the book to which he reacted strongly (in either a positive or negative way).
• Answers to guided reading questions that will be posted. (This is mandatory for the senior reading books on Colleges.)
This is NOT a thoughtful comment from The Hunger Games: “I liked it when that girl shot that kid with the arrow for revenge. That was sick!”
This is a good example of a thoughtful comment: “When Katniss shot the boy from Zone 1 with an arrow, I could tell she was doing it almost automatically out of grief and anger over Rue's death, but I wonder if she realized that at that moment she had just gotten sucked into the Capitol's game plan. It's so easy to manipulate someone when they're emotionally attached to someone else.”
This is another example of an unacceptable comment, "I can't imagine going through what that character did. I don't know what I would do if..." This is a comment that means nothing. The point of reading is to imagine and to put oneself in another world.
Every student must read the book below that matches the grade he is entering in September:
9th grade: The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
10th grade: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
11th grade: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
12th grade: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
12th grade also must read one of the following two titles:
Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be by Frank Bruni
In addition, he student should select at least one other book from the list below - read, comment and write upon it as well.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher REQUIRED
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese
In a time when the line between boys and girls seems blurred, I think Blue Ridge stands out. The world still expects boys to become gentlemen and that is something only boys can become. Gentlemen are produced through experience and atmosphere, which is where Blue Ridge excels. - Archie Morgan (father of Jacob '15, Connor '16 and Selby '19)