SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Summer Reading Program at Forman School is built around the belief that reading over the summer is fundamentally important to maintaining students' reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. It also presents us with the opportunity to nurture a love of reading. The Summer Reading List has been created with a focus on contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with the specific intent of offering high interest, accessible selections.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Choosing the Books
Students are required to read two books of their choice, and Honors students will be required to read one additional book assigned for the class they are entering. Students may pick any title, regardless of what grade they will be entering in the fall.
All English Honors level classes have required reading (9th Grade Honors, 10th Grade Honors, Dystopian Literature Honors, World Mythology Honors, and Cambridge AS Level - English); Five History courses have required reading (Ancient History Honors, Cambridge AS Level - International Relations, Honors U.S. History, Honors European History, and Economics Honors); Two science classes have required reading (Physics Honors and Cambridge International AS Level Chemistry.
For example, a rising sophomore will read two books of their choice; rising sophomores enrolled in Honors English 10 will also read Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying.
The complete list of summer reading book choices along with links to their descriptions can be viewed here.
The list of required summer reading for honors courses can be found here.
COMPLETING A PROJECT
Students will create a project that reflects their engagement with an understanding of the book they've read. This project must be completed over the summer. Students have many options, including creating a book trailer or poster, a video, a new book cover, or an artistic representation (through drawing, paint, collage or sculpture) of the book. Summer reading projects will be graded in the student’s English class.
For students taking Ancient History Honors, Cambridge AS Level - International Relations, Honors Economics, Honors European History, or Honors U.S. History, the following assignment is due the first day of class.
Write a two page, minimum, summary, and review of the assigned summer reading. Please feel free to write more than two pages if you feel it necessary to complete the assignment. The first part of the paper should be a summary of the book and the second part should be your review of the book. Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? This will be counted as your first quiz grade. It is due the first day of class.
The paper should be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.
CHEMISTRY SUMMER WORK
Students enrolled in Cambridge AS Level - Chemistry has a set of assignments over the summer which can be found here.
For the second or third book for those enrolled in Honors English, students may choose to complete a brief book critique instead of a second project. The book critique form is located here.
Our goal is that these student-created book projects will be used to promote these books to other students throughout the school year.
Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!
|Summer 2018 Reading List|
|#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women||Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy||Non-Fiction|
|A Confederacy of Dunces||John Kennedy Toole||Fiction|
|A Farewell to Arms||Ernest Hemmingway||Fiction|
|A Gift Upon The Shore||M.K. Wren||Fiction|
|A Hundred Years of Solitude||Gabriel Garcia-Marquez||Fiction|
|A Prayer For Owen Meany||John Irving||Fiction|
|A River Runs Through It and Other stories||Norman Maclean||Fiction|
|All the Light We Cannot See||Anthony Doerr||Fiction|
|An Antropologist on Mars||Oliver Sacks||Non-Fiction|
|Andy Warhol Diaries||Andy Warhol||Non-fiction|
|Another Brooklyn||Jacqueline Woodson||Fiction|
|Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress||Dai Sijie||Fiction|
|Black Boy||Richard Wright||Non-fiction|
|Black Hawk Down||Mark Bowden||Non-Fiction|
|Boy Meets Boy||David Levithan||Fiction|
|Cats Cradle||Jon Vonnegt||Fiction|
|Chronicles: Volume One||Bob Dylan||Non-fiction|
|Devils Within||S.F. Henson||Fiction|
|Ender's Game||Orson Scott Card||Fiction|
|Everything That Rises Must Converge||Flannery O'Connor||Fiction|
|Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air||Richard Holmes||Non-fiction|
|Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders||Neil Gaiman||Fiction|
|Girl Mans Up||M-E Girard||Graphic|
|Going Postal||Terry Pratchet||Fiction|
|Half of a Yellow Sun||Chimamanda Adichie||Fiction|
|House of The Spirits||Isabel Allende||Fiction|
|In Cold Blood||Truman Capote||Non-Fiction|
|Infinite Jest||David Foster Wallace||Fiction|
|Interpreter of Maladies||Jhunpa Lahiri||Fiction - Short Stories|
|Jane Eyre||Charlotte Bronte||Fiction|
|Jellicoe Road||Melina Marchetta||Fiction|
|John Dies at the End||David Wong||Science Fiction|
|Kaffir Boy||Mark Mathabane||Non-fiction|
|Killers of the Flower Moon||David Grann||Non-Fiction|
|Liar's Poker||Michael Lewis||Non-fiction|
|Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina||Misty Copeland||Non-fiction|
|Lives of Girls and Women||Alice Munro||Fiction|
|March||John Lewis||Graphic Novel|
|Mr. Potter||Jamaica Kincaid||Fiction|
|Muhammed Ali: His Life and Times||Thomas Hauser||Non-Fiction|
|My Favorite Thing is Monsters||Emili Harris||Graphic Novel|
|My Losing Season||Pat Conroy||Non-Fiction|
|Neuromancer||William Gibson||Science Fiction|
|Never Cry Wolf||Farley Mowat||Non-Fiction|
|Never Let Me Go||Kazuo Ishiguro||Fiction|
|Olive Kitteridge||Elizabeth Strout||Fiction|
|On The Road||Jack Kerouac||Fiction|
|Once and Future King||TH White||Fiction|
|Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better||Jane McGonigal||Non-fiction|
|Road Swing||Steve Rushin||Non-fiction|
|Snow Crash||Neal Stephenson||Fiction|
|Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife||Mary Roach||Non-Fiction|
|Stand Up Straight and Sing||Jessye Norman||Non-fiction|
|The Art of Fielding||Chad Harbach||Fiction|
|The Big Sleep||Raymond Chandler||Crime Fiction|
|The Bluest Eye`||Toni Morrison||Fiction|
|The Book of Unknown Americans||Christina Henriquez||Fiction|
|The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao||Junot Diaz||Fiction|
|The Count of Monte Cristo||Alexandre Dumas||Fiction|
|The Duke of Deception||Geoffrey Wolff||Non-fiction|
|The Glass Castle||Jeannette Walls||Non-fiction|
|The Hate U Give||Angie Thomas||Fiction|
|The Help||Kathryn Stockett||Fiction|
|The Hungry Ocean||Linda Greenlaw||Non-fiction|
|The Hunt for the Red October||Tom Clancy||Fiction|
|The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson||Walter Isaacson||Non-fiction|
|The Looming Tower||Lawrence Wright||Non-fiction|
|The Mayor of Casterbridge||Thomas Hardy||Fiction|
|The Mosquito Coast||Paul Theroux||Fiction|
|The Omnivore's Dilemma||Michael Pollan||Non-Fiction|
|The Poisonwood Bible||Barbara Kingsolver||Fiction|
|The Round House||Louise Erdrich||Fiction|
|The Scarlet Letter||Nathaniel Hawthorne||Fiction|
|The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found||Martin W. Sandler||Non-Fiction|
|This is where the world ends||Amy Zhang||Fiction|
|Tortilla Flat||John Steinbeck||Fiction|
|Travels with Charlie||John Steinbeck||Non-Fiction|
|Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers||Deborah Heiligman||Non-Fiction|
|Waverly||Sir Walter Scott||Fiction|
|We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity||bell hooks||non-fiction|
|We Were Eight Years In Power||Ta-Nahesi Coates||Non-fiction|
|Zone One||Coulson Whitehead||Fiction|
|Summer 2018 Honors Reading List|
|English 9 Honors||What it the What||Dave Eggers|
|English 10 Honors||A Lesson Before Dying||Ernest Gaines|
|English Dystopian Honors||The Handmaid's Tale||
|English Mythology Honors||American Gods||Neil Gaiman|
|English Cambridge||Small Island||Andrea Levy|
|Ancient History Honors||1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed||Eric H. Cline|
|Cambridge International Relations||Woodrow Wilson||H.W. Brands|
|Economics Honors||Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything||
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
|European History Honors||The Swerve: How the World Became Modern||Stephen Greenblatt|
|U.S. History Honors||The Killer Angels||Michael Shaara|