Summer Reading, 2014

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Academics, High School, Middle School

Dear TSA Families,

Greetings from The Sharon Academy!

We hope that summer is off to a good start for you and your family. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students – new and returning – to the school this autumn.

Summer Reading information was sent to all families on June 24th.  This post contains the information your students need to complete their Summer Reading Requirements for your reference.

Summer Reading
Quick Links

7th and 8th Grade
If you are the parent of an incoming 7th or 8th grader, please click here (http://sharonacademy.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Summer-Reading-List-2014-15.pdf) to download a copy of the Middle School Summer Reading List.

9th Grade
If you are the parent of an incoming 9th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – please email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net to let her know your student’s top 3 choices of book by July 1st. (See below for more information). This link will also explain the Humanities Summer Reading Requirements.

10th Grade
If you are the parent of an incoming 10th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – your student should have already signed up for one of these books before the end of school.  If you are in doubt about the book your student has chosen, please email Christa at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.  This link will also explain the Humanities Summer Reading Requirements.

11th and 12th Grade
If you are the parent of an incoming 11th or 12th grader, please click here to be taken to the All School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – your student should have already signed up for one of these books before the end of school.  If you are in doubt about the book your student has chosen, please email Christa at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.  This link will also explain the Exhibitions Summer Reading and Work Requirements.

The links above take you directly to the
summer reading information by grade.

Below is summer reading information for all high school classes.

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9th Grade Summer Reading

Each incoming 9th grader has two summer reading assignments:
1) The All School Summer Reading requirement and
2) the Humanities Summer Reading Requirement.
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All School Summer Reading

Each summer, all TSA high school students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.  The goal of having a Summer Reading program is to encourage lifelong reading. This summer, each faculty member will lead a discussion session on a book from the attached list (Please click here to see the list of book choices and their descriptions).  Students, please look through this list and identify the three books you would most like to read.  Then email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net with your top 3 choices, in order of preference, by July 1st.    

During August Workshop Days, each teacher will meet with their group for two hours for discussions and activities about their book. Bring your book, as you may need it. 

 

 Humanities Summer Reading

A note from Charlie McMeekin,
9th grade Humanities Teacher

 

Dear Future Freshpeople:

Greetings!  I’m Charlie McMeekin, and will be your English or language arts teacher for next year, and already I’m looking forward to it and making plans for the year. I wanted to alert you to one of those plans as soon as possible.

Reading is a natural and important part of Humanities, and one of my objectives is to push your development as a reader. You’ve already learned about the all-school summer reading book project. This note introduces you to the second part of your summer reading.

Hopefully, we will be moving classrooms this summer, so that humanities will have a much larger space  And I am going to want to decorate that space.  That’s where you come in!

Early in September, tentatively Sept. 3, I am going to ask you to turn in your Humanities summer reading assignment.  It is to be an artistic portrayal of the books you read this summer. It must be flat and able to be hung on the wall in our room. It must show, in some artistic way, the material you read this summer. It may include newspapers, magazines, and books, but how you include them is up to your artistic and creative imagination! It could be in the form of a treasure map, or a collage, or a bookcase, or a bunch of balloons! (flat balloons!) Its job is to serve three purposes:

  1. to show me what you’ve read
  2. to interest others in reading what you’ve read.
  3. to decorate the room!
Your grade will be reached using the following rubric:
  1. Your project is relatively flat and able to be hung.  10%
  2. You have clearly shown the titles and authors of all works you’ve read.  30%
  3. Your work has artistic appeal and is done neatly.  20%
  4. Your work tries to sell to other readers the material read.  40% (Don’t forget to include your all-school book in your project!)

Work not ready to be turned in by September 3 will result in an automatic 10% grade reduction. This assignment is as important to your grade as a major test or paper.

If these directions seem a little unclear, that’s because I’m trying to give you space to be creative. If you want to share an idea with me to make sure it’s okay, that’s fine with me!  I enjoy e-mails. At the same time, I think if you read what I’ve written above carefully, you’ll find answers to most if not all of your questions! If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net. Let’s start the year by showing your new peers just what you read and your creative talents!

I look forward to meeting you (again!) in person and celebrating on collection day.

Charlie McMeekin

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10th Grade Summer Reading

Each incoming 10th grader has two summer reading assignments:  
1) The All School Summer Reading requirement and
2) the Humanities Summer Reading Requirement.

All School Summer Reading

Rising 10th graders received their
All School Summer Reading Assignment this Spring.
Here is a summary for reference:     

Each summer, all TSA high school students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.  The goal of having a Summer Reading program is to encourage lifelong reading. This summer, each faculty member will lead a discussion session on a book from the attached list (Please click here to see the list of book choices and their descriptions).  Your student has already selected their top 3 choices from the attached list, and has been notified of which book they are required to read.  If you have any questions, please email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.

During August Workshop Days, each teacher will meet with their group for two hours for discussions and activities about their book. Bring your book, as you may need it. 

Humanities Summer Reading

Rising 10th graders received their
Humanities Summer Reading Assignment this Spring. 
Here is a summary from Charlie McMeekin:
Reading is a natural and important part of Humanities, and one of my objectives is to push your development as a reader.  Early in September, tentatively Sept. 3, I am going to ask you to turn in your Humanities summer reading assignment.  It is to be an artistic portrayal of the books you read this summer. It must be flat and able to be hung on the wall in our room. It must show, in some artistic way, the material you read this summer. It may include newspapers, magazines, and books, but how you include them is up to your artistic and creative imagination! It could be in the form of a treasure map, or a collage, or a bookcase, or a bunch of balloons! (flat balloons!) Its job is to serve three purposes:
  1. to show me what you’ve read.
  2. to interest others in reading what you’ve read.
  3. to decorate the room!
Your grade will be reached using the following rubric:
  1. Your project is relatively flat and able to be hung.  10%
  2. You have clearly shown the titles and authors of all works you’ve read.  30%
  3. Your work has artistic appeal and is done neatly.  20%
  4. Your work tries to sell to other readers the material read.  40% (Don’t forget to include your all-school book in your project!)
Work not ready to be turned in by September 3 will result in an automatic 10% grade reduction. This assignment is as important to your grade as a major test or paper.
If these directions seem a little unclear, that’s because I’m trying to give you space to be creative. If you want to share an idea with me to make sure it’s okay, that’s fine with me!  At the same time, I think if you read what I’ve written above carefully, you’ll find answers to most if not all of your questions! If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net.
Charlie McMeekin

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11th & 12th Grade Summer Reading

Each incoming 11th and 12th grader has
two summer reading assignments:  

1)The All School Summer Reading requirement and
2) the Summer Exhibition Requirements.

All School Summer Reading

Rising 11th and 12th graders received their  
All School Summer Reading Assignment this Spring.   
Here is a summary for reference:   

 

Each summer, all TSA high school students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.  The goal of having a Summer Reading program is to encourage lifelong reading. This summer, each faculty member will lead a discussion session on a book from the attached list (Please click here to see the list of book choices and their descriptions).  Your student has already selected their top 3 choices from the attached list, and has been notified of which book they are required to read.  If you have any questions, please email Christa Wurm at cwurm@sharonacademy.net.

During August Workshop Days, each teacher will meet with their group for two hours for discussions and activities about their book. Bring your book, as you may need it.   

Summer Exhibition Work

The following is a summary of summer exhibition assignments, which students received this spring. Please click here for the full explanation of Summer Exhibition Work.  All are due on August 28th, 2014.

 

  1. You must read at least two books about your exhibition topic and take notes as you read. Be sure to indicate the page numbers in your notes. (See the attached document for note-taking tips.)
  1. For each book, you must also use option A, B, or C (as described in the attached document) to create a typed document that collects and summarizes your notes, thoughts and reflections from each book. See the explanation of the options below.

 

  1. You must also complete a typed three section progress report (about one page) explaining the status of your exhibition at the end of the summer. The point of this exercise is for you to articulate what you have discovered (in terms of knowledge and the questions that remain). This kind of reflection is a step towards crafting your thesis.

 

    • Section 1: In one paragraph describe your topic.
    • Section 2: Using bullets, describe 10 important things that you learned about your topic in your summer research.
    • Section 3: Using bullets, describe 10 things about your topic that confuse you or that you need to learn more about.  

 

The items you list in sections two and three may be related. In fact, that is even good thing! For example, “I learned ‘x’ and it makes me wonder ‘y’.” Or it may also be “I learned ‘z’ and it makes me realize ‘a’.”

 

 

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