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Upper School

Upper School SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS


IVth - VIth FORMS

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —Margaret Fuller

Summer reading is an invitation to explore other worlds and experiences, to discover good authors and good writing, and to enjoy the meaningful act of reading as a leisure activity. The English Department at Rumsey Hall requires all students, new and returning, to participate in summer reading.

Students entering IVth, Vth, and VIth Forms must read a minimum of three books over the summer, one of which must be on the 2018 Nutmeg Book Award Intermediate or Teen nominee list. Please write three journal responses for each book read and bring this collection of nine written responses to class in September. Please see the journal prompts and expectations on the following page.

Nominated books and more information about the Nutmeg Book Award can be found on the web at www.nutmegaward.org.

Students will participate in discussions about summer reading in English class and will be held accountable for the comprehension of the books they read.


VIIth FORM

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
—John Locke

Summer reading is an invitation to explore other worlds and experiences, to discover good authors and good writing, and to enjoy the meaningful act of reading as a leisure activity. The English Department at Rumsey Hall requires all students, new and returning, to participate in summer reading.

Students entering VIIth Form English are required to read three books, including Flying Lessons & Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh. Please write three journal responses for each book read and bring this collection of nine written responses to class in September. Please see the journal prompts and expectations on the following page.

Students will participate in discussions about summer reading in English class and will be held accountable for their comprehension of the required title.


SUMMER READING JOURNAL PROMPTS

SUMMER 2017

For each book you read, choose one question from each section and respond in writing (9 responses in total). Please bring this collection of written responses to class in September.

Each response should be 6-8 typed sentences. Be sure to apply your best effort, as you will be required to share your responses in class. Make a good first impression!

Section 1: Book

  • How is the title connected to the story?
  • What surprised you most about the story? Why?
  • What was the overarching theme in the story? What examples from the text help to support the theme?
  • How important is the setting to the story? Why?

Section 2: Characters

  • Who was your least favorite character? Why?
  • Was there a character that you closely identified with? Why?
  • Did a character change (become dynamic)? If so, then how?
  • Choose a character who is not the protagonist and explain why he/she is important to the story.

Section 3: The ending (denouement)

  • How was the primary conflict resolved in the book?
  • What did you learn, or take away, from reading the book?

Lower School

Lower School Summer Reading Requirements

There is nothing quite like a giant stack of books to carry you through the summer months. As a Lower School, we are once again encouraging all of our students to visit their local libraries, raid their family book shelves, and head to their local bookstores to create their own mountain of books for the summer.

Students are required to:

  • Keep track of all their summer reading on our Summer Reading Log and bring back on the first day of school. All read aloud, independent reading books, and audiobooks can be recorded on the Summer Reading Log.

  • Read at least one “Award Winning” book (any year, any award) and come back ready to talk about the book and give us a little background about the award.
  • We also challenge you to read your grade level in chapter books (Primes-2 books, Ist Form-3 books, etc.)
  • Be prepared to share/talk about some of their other summer reading books during our Summer Reading Celebration.
  • Plan their costume and come dressed as a favorite book character from their summer reading on the day of our Summer Reading Celebration (date not set...depends on the weather). Parents may participate this year.

We will once again celebrate the books students choose to read during our summer reading in classrooms and as a school through a variety of fun activities when we return from our summer break. We hope you all enjoy a summer filled with exciting times both inside and outside the pages of books.

Links to Book Award Websites you Might Find Interesting:

Nutmeg Book Award
National Book Award
Newbery Award
Caldecott Award
Children's’ Choice Award
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Hans Christian Andersen Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Golden Kite Award
Coretta Scott King Award
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Pura Belpre Award
Mildred L. Batchelder Award
Schneider Family Award
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Bank Street College’s Irma Black AwardScott O’Dell Award

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” —William Styron, Conversations with William Styron