Summer Reading 2017

Academic Summer Reading

During the summer, each Cathedral scholar must complete a summer assignment for their English class. Summer reading serves as a foundation for literary analysis in English class during the first quarter. It is important that students read carefully and respond thoughtfully to deepen their understanding of the book and to prepare them for their coursework in the fall.

Each student must read the Signature Title summer reading for his or her grade:

Grade 7Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Grade 8: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Grade 9
: The Color of Water by James McBride
Grade 10: Choose one: Flight by Sherman Alexie or Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Grade 11A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
Grade 12: Caucasia by Danzy Senna

Before the start of school, students will read the Signature Title assigned to their grade and should respond thoroughly to the journal prompts outlined below.

Signature Titles are available at local libraries and can be purchased at and local bookstores. Students should also purchase a composition notebook to complete the journal assignments.

Journal Assignments for Summer Reading Signature Titles

Use the statements below to inspire your journal entries. Be sure to include direct quotations with page numbers to support the ideas you explore in your journal. These journal entries are meant to capture your reaction to the work. Therefore, you should not be writing chapter summaries. Please hand write your responses in a composition notebook. Each response should be a minimum of one handwritten page in length. These journals are due from all Cathedral scholars on the first day of school.

  1. What lesson about life does the author wish to reveal to the reader? What evidence from the text supports your interpretation?
  2. In what ways has reading this book shifted your way of thinking about the world?
  3. Select a character from the Signature Title and describe what it might be to walk in his or her shoes. How might you make different choices than this character?