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9 CP and 9SCP 2009 Summer Assignment and Book Listing
The Most Dangerous Game
Career Research Portfolio
Stephen King
Fahrenheit 451
Great Expectations
Independent Projects
Freshmen Summer Reading
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Odyssey
Vocabulary in Literature
Freshmen Study Guide
Maya Angelou
Miracle Worker
Word of the Day
Extra Credit
The House on Mango Street
To Kill A Mockingbird

9 CP and 9 SCP Summer Assignment and 2009 Book Listing

Jefferson Township High School

Language Arts Department

 Summer Reading 2009-2010



With the input from faculty, students, parents and community members, we are proud to announce the summer reading program for the high school.  In order to continue to foster positive reading experiences and make connections to what you will be studying next year, please complete the following: 

First, please select and read one of the novels as listed.   You may choose any novel on this list.  You might consider what type of reading you like to do. The purpose of this is to have you find something you would enjoy. 

Once completed, please respond to the following prompt in a typed open-ended response of three to five paragraphs. Be certain to proofread and utilize MLA formatting.

Consider the following themes as one or more relates to the novel you chose to read:







These six qualities are viewed by many as being the key to being an ethical and good person. Select and explain one of those qualities that you believe is epitomized by a character in your novel:

        Use specific examples as proof.

        Be certain to consider how this quality affects the character in the novel through his/her dealings with other characters and in his/her decision making processes.

         Be sure to discuss why this quality is or is not important to society in which we live.


Final Considerations:

        All work will be due Friday, September 4, 2009. 

        Since this is a summer reading assignments, no late work will be accepted. 

        You will find a rubric for how you will be graded on the school website.


We hope you have a wonderful summer.  Happy Reading!  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Knutelsky, the Language Arts Supervisor, if you have any questions.  You can also email her at


Jefferson Township High School

Language Arts Department

 Summer Reading Texts 2009-2010




l      Sci-Fi

        Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

        Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now

        David Klass, Firestorm (Caretaker Trilogy #1)


l      Historical Fiction/Romance

        Jean M. Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear(Earth’s Children #1)

        Sharon M. Draper, Fire from the Rock

        Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind

        Cindy Thomson, Brigid of Ireland: A Historical Novel


l      Contemporary Fiction

        Pete Hautman, All-In

        John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

        Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair

        Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

        Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life as We Knew It


l      Classics

        Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

        Joseph Heller, Catch-22

        Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

l      War Novels/Historical

        Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us

        Walter Dean Myers, Sunrise Over Fallujah

        William Styron, Sophie’s Choice


l      Horror/Creepy

        Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

        Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born


l      Sports

        Dara Torres and Elizabeth Weil, Age is just a Number: Achieve your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

        John Grisham, Bleachers


l      Memoir

        Lynne Cox, Grayson

        James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small

        Joe Simpson, Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival

        Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


l      Biography

        Harry Bernstein, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers

        Stacey O’Brien, Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and his Girl




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