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English 1 PreAP Summer Reading 2019-2020

English I PreAP Summer Reading
2019 -2020
CISD requires students who are enrolled in PreAP English to read over the summer. Reading over the summer allows teachers to begin literacy discussions at the level of depth and complexity required in an Advanced Academic course during the first few weeks of school. Reading over the summer also helps students maintain English Language Arts skills. It exposes students to quality literature that they may not pick up on their own and promotes independent reading, inquiry, and scholarship which will facilitate students as lifelong learners.

Any questions regarding the summer reading book requirements should be directed to the PreAP campus teacher.

The English I Pre-AP course focuses on the Hero’s Journey archetype - both how it is established in classical texts, and how it has influenced modern storytellers. Choose ONE book from the following list to read. Students should familiarize themselves with the stages of the Hero’s Journey, and keep that in mind as they read. Information on the Hero’s Journey Monomyth can be found here: http://changingminds.org/disciplines/storytelling/plots/hero_journey/hero_journey.htm or through a Google search.
Please help your child pick a book that they want to read. There is a variety of books to choose from and it is the responsibility of the parent and student to select a book that they feel is appropriate. You can use the book’s Lexile score (a rough estimate of the difficulty and complexity of the book’s language), book reviews, page counts, and summaries to determine what an appropriate book is for your child. Summaries and reviews can be found online at sites such as www.goodreads.com.
*Note: some of these books have a movie version. I am familiar with the movie adaptations and those should not be used for the Summer Reading Project (which will be assigned the first week of school).
Book List (Choose one):

1) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (890 Lexile)
2) Watership Down by Richard Adams (880 Lexile)
3) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (930 Lexile)
4) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (970 Lexile)
5) The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake (670 Lexile)
6) The Princess Bride by William Goldman (870 Lexile)
7) Flowers for Algernon (Novel) by Daniel Keyes (910 Lexile)
8) The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (960 Lexile)
9) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (830 Lexile)
10) House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (970 Lexile)
11) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (850 Lexile)
12) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1010 Lexile)
13) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (880 Lexile)
14) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (730 Lexile)
15) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (HL 670 Lexile)
16) Speak by Laurie Anderson (690 Lexile)
17) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (750 Lexile)
18) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (710 Lexile)
19) All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (880 Lexile)
20) The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1000 Lexile)