Summer Reading 2015

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in 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.This email contains the information your students need to complete their Summer Reading Requirements. If you are an entering 9th grade student, please note that you are asked to respond to this email by July 1st. (See 9th grade section below).You will also be receiving two additional communications this summer.

July Mailing

The next communication will be a packet you will receive by email which will include:

  • School Calendar
  • Health Forms (due by Friday, August 14)
  • Financial Forms (due by Friday, July 17)
  • Information on the Community Service Requirement
  • School Shopping List
  • Other information that will help you to plan your summer.

Early August Mailing

All TSA families will receive an email which will include the information you will need to start the school year and which will answer many questions about the TSA community for new families. This email will also include a few final forms to complete, including an on-line form that will provide us with necessary medical and contact information.

To learn more about your student’s Summer Reading Requirements, please review below.

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Summer Reading Quick Links

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7th and 8th Grade

If you are the parent of an incoming 7th or 8th grader, please click here to download a copy of the Middle School Summer Reading List.  Once you have downloaded the Middle School Summer Reading list, there is no need to read any more of this email, as the rest of the email pertains to High School Summer Reading.

9th Grade

If you are the parent of an incoming 9th grader, please click here to be taken to the All High School School Summer Reading Requirements. Please note – please email Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net to let him 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 High 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 Charlie at cmcmeekin@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 High 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 Charlie at cmcmeekin@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 Readinggrade9

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

All High 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, faculty members will lead discussion sessions 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 Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@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 and 10th 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.

If you are entering The Sharon Academy as either a freshman or a sophomore, you need to reserve some time this summer for beach reading!

  • Book 1: The first book you need to read is one you choose from the list of books provided in the TSA High School Summer Reading list.
  • Book 2: You also need to read a second book for your Humanities class. Most of you will read more than just two books this summer, so you may choose which book you’ll use to meet this requirement. Then follow the instructions below for this second book.

To earn credit for this requirement you need to:

1) Write a one-page summary of the book.
That’s it. One page. Only one page. Not two pages! For this assignment, long is wrong!  In the upper left hand corner of the page, single space the following information:

Your Name
Charlie McMeekin (your teacher!)
Summer Reading
1 September 2015 (due date)

2) Create a visual which promotes the book to your classmates.
The intention is to display this visual in the classroom to brighten up the room, so 3-D displays are discouraged due to lack of space. You may create a collage, a timeline, an original painting or drawing, a wall-hanging, a poster featuring cool quotes from the book. . . whatever you think would help promote the book.

You will receive two grades for this assignment:

1) A paper grade:

a) quality of writing (complete sentences, paragraphs, spelling, grammar) 80%
b) followed directions (one page, proper heading) 20%
c) on time 10%

2) A poster grade:

a) presentation appeal (use of color, sizing, design, neatness) 40%
b) “truth in advertising” (you sell the book by showing something about its content which honestly helps guide the reader to making a responsible choice about whether they want to read the book) 50%
c) on time 10%

I look forward to seeing you in August

Charlie McMeekin
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10th Grade Summer Readinggrade10

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

All High 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, faculty members will lead discussion sessions 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 Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@sharonacademy.net with your top 3 choices, in order of preference, by July 1st, if you have not already signed up at the school.    

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 & 10th grade Humanities Teacher

Dear Rising Sophomores:
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.

Book 1: The first book you need to read is one you choose from the list of books provided in the TSA High School Summer Reading list.

Book 2: You also need to read a second book for your Humanities class. Most of you will read more than just two books this summer, so you may choose which book you’ll use to meet this requirement. Then follow the instructions below for this second book.

To earn credit for this requirement you need to:

1) Write a one-page summary of the book.
That’s it. One page. Only one page. Not two pages! For this assignment, long is wrong!  In the upper left hand corner of the page, single space the following information:

Your Name
Charlie McMeekin (your teacher!)
Summer Reading
1 September 2015 (due date)

 2) Create a visual which promotes the book to your classmates.
The intention is to display this visual in the classroom to brighten up the room, so 3-D displays are discouraged due to lack of space. You may create a collage, a timeline, an original painting or drawing, a wall-hanging, a poster featuring cool quotes from the book. . . whatever you think would help promote the book.

You will receive two grades for this assignment:

 

1) A paper grade:

a) quality of writing (complete sentences, paragraphs, spelling, grammar) 80%
b) followed directions (one page, proper heading) 20%
c) on time 10%

 

2) A poster grade:

a) presentation appeal (use of color, sizing, design, neatness) 40%
b) “truth in advertising” (you sell the book by showing something about its content which honestly helps guide the reader to making a responsible choice about whether they want to read the book) 50%
c) on time 10%

 

I look forward to seeing you in August

Charlie McMeekin

 

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11th & 12th Grade Summer ReadingGrade11

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 High 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, faculty members will lead discussion sessions 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 Charlie McMeekin at cmcmeekin@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.

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. Please be sure to read all 5 pages.  All assignments are due on August 28th, 2015.
  1. You must read at least two books about your exhibition topicand 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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