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Monarch High School Summer Reading 2020-2021

Monarch High School Summer Reading 2020-2021

Dear Parents and Students,

In this era of high stakes testing, it is imperative that we provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to grow academically.  Reading for understanding and appreciation is a skill that translates effectively into every academic area.  The purpose of the summer reading program is to provide students with the opportunity to select novels from a list of 15 titles that have been chosen by a committee of thirteen media specialists specifically to engage high school students (grades 9 through 12) in reading and reflect their interest, as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.  Teens are encouraged to read at least three of the titles on the current list over the summer.

We want to encourage reading for pleasure and want to emphasize that our suggestions are minimum standards and should be thought of as a starting point for summer reading, rather than the entirety of what a conscientious student should undertake. Additionally, students are invited to join the Monarch High School Battle of the Books Book Club when they return to school in the fall.  Our book club meets monthly to discuss these novels and in the spring competes with other high schools in a district-wide competition based on these books.

The complete list of Florida Teen Read titles may be found at the address below or by searching Florida Teen Reads 2020-21.

https://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/ftr_2020-21_annotated_listt.pdf

The list of books are also under the Monarch Reading List icon to the right of the School News.

Also, please be advised that specific English courses have their own summer reading requirements. 

I wish you and your child a summer full of great reading, and on behalf of Monarch High School, I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Educationally,

Mrs. Guadalupe McNally

Literacy Coach

 DISCLAIMER
The Florida Teen Read program is designed to entice teens to read. In order to engage their interest and to provide a spur to critical thinking, the book selections include those that involve sensitive issues. The content of some of the titles may be more mature than younger students may have previously encountered. Please recognize that this is a voluntary reading program. Not every book selected will suit every student. In a democratic society, a variety of ideas must find voice. As readers, teens have the choice to read the more mature titles or to close the book. 

Dear Parents and Students,

As previously stated, reading for understanding and appreciation is a skill that translates effectively into every academic area.  The purpose of the summer reading program is to provide students with the opportunity to select novels from a list of 15 titles that have been chosen by a committee of thirteen media specialists specifically to engage high school students (grades 9 through 12) in reading and reflect their interest, as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.  Students are encouraged to read a minimum of three of the titles on the current list over the summer. Students may also choose to read books of their own choice.

The complete list of Florida Teen Read titles may be found at the address below or by searching Florida Teen Reads 2020-21.

https://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/ftr_2020-21_annotated_listt.pdf

It is  preferred that students have a hard copy of their summer reading novels, however we understand that this year has presented different circumstances.  If your family is unable to purchase the book through a store or online, please note that many of the titles are available through online sources such as Internet Archive or Project Gutenberg. Audio books and E-books may also be checked out of the Broward County Library via the internet.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?sort_order=downloads

https://archive.org/

 https://www.broward.org/Library/Pages/Default.aspx

Please follow the steps below for completion of Monarch High School’s summer reading requirement:

 Step 1:

 Choose a minimum of 3 books from the Florida Teen Reads listed above and also  located on Monarch’s school website, or choose a book of your own.

 Step 2:

 While reading annotate the text. (highlighting the text and making comments in the margin of the book or post-it notes), please focus your reading on the elements of narrative writing.

Highlight the text and label the ideas below in the margins or in a notebook or on notecards if reading from an eBook. As you are reading keep in mind the following: 

  • Main character’s personality traits
  • Setting
  • Conflict
  • Key events in the plot

Style:

  • Passages with dialogue
  • Action verbs used to show the reader what a character is doing (NOT is, are, was, were, be, being)
  • Paragraphs full of imagery and description
  • Examples of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification)

Step 3:

 Answer any five of the follow questions in full sentences. Include at least one question from each category. Be prepared to turn your work in to your Reading or English teacher when you return to school in the fall.  It is not mandatory that you complete the questions, however, your teacher will award you extra credit for doing so.

 Comprehension:

  1. What was the book’s central idea? What details from the text best support your answer?
  2. Make a list of the main characters and choose at least two character traits to describe them.
  3. Write a one paragraph summary of the book.
  4. What was the central theme of the book? How did the author develop this theme?

 Analysis:

  1. Explain what part of the book was the most exciting to read and why.
  2. Explain what part of the book was the funniest or the saddest and why.
  3. Examine and analyze the main character(s)’ feelings at the beginning, middle, and end of the book. What caused this transformation?
  4. Write a critique of the book and highlight the main facts or main idea.

 Synthesis:

  1. What changes would you make to the book? Predict how your changes would transform or change the book.
  2. Generate a new title for the book. Explain your new title.
  3. Create a new ending for the book. Why did you choose this ending?

 Evaluation:

  1. Was the main character(s) in the book good or bad? Support your opinion with words from the text.
  2. What moments in the book made you gasp, cry, or laugh out loud? Why?
  3. Compare this book with other books you have read in the past. Give evidence from the texts.
  4. Rate the book on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest. Defend your rating.

Enjoy your summer reading.  Nothing goes better at the beach or poolside than a good book!

Educationally,

Mrs. Guadalupe McNally

Literacy Coach

DISCLAIMER
The Florida Teen Read program is designed to entice teens to read. In order to engage their interest and to provide a spur to critical thinking, the book selections include those that involve sensitive issues. The content of some of the titles may be more mature than younger students may have previously encountered. Please recognize that this is a voluntary reading program. Not every book selected will suit every student. In a democratic society, a variety of ideas must find voice. As readers, teens have the choice to read the more mature titles or to close the book.