The Journey of Self-Discovery: Summer Reading 2019

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.--Barbara Tuchman

Summer reading is a means to support and enrich reading skills and language development. Just as athletics, performance arts, and other endeavors require year-round physical fitness and skill development, academic fitness requires year-round attention to the practice of reading and the development of a rich background of experiences and knowledge. Reading develops increased comprehension skills and fluency with writing. Reading also improves SAT/ACT scores and chances for success in college. Student responsibility and active participation in one’s own education develop self-awareness and a moral compass. Our reading program allows students to explore classic and contemporary works that enhance their academic and social development on their journey of self-discovery. Ben Jonson, a friend of William Shakespeare said that “he (Shakespeare) was not of an age but for all time.” We agree with this for several reasons.

Why do we still read Shakespeare?

Students in each grade will read a Shakespeare play and watch the corresponding movie. All students must read the Folger Library edition of the play. On the first full day of classes, all students will be formally assessed on the reading of the play. This assessment will include character identification, multiple-choice, true-false, and identifying the speaker. On the second full day of classes, all students will write a comparison/contrast essay based on the reading and the viewing of the movie.

These assessments will be 200 points each and will serve as the first two grades for the first quarter.