Summer Reading Program
Titles for the 2021 Summer Reading Program are:
You are expected to procure your own copy of the book and have it read and annotated by the start of the school year – no later thanAugust 16. If you’re enrolled in an honors English class for 2021-22, you will receive an email announcing the title of the second book you are required to read. If you have any questions about the program, please email your English teacher or English Department Chair Susie Sisson.
Summer Reading Program FAQs
What is the purpose of the Summer Reading Program?
Reading great literature is the cornerstone of a Marian education. It is the goal of the Marian English Department to provide a plethora of opportunities for our students to engage actively with classical and contemporary works of literature, both during the school year and during summer break. In the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald: “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” Through the Summer Reading Program, Marian students will read popular and engaging works of literature. By participating in classroom discussions and other projects, they will develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning, and they will become part of Marian’s community of readers.
Besides reading the book, what else do I have to do this summer?
All summer reading must be completed by the start of the school year.
While reading the book, you should annotate the text: write down questions or comments you have about the book and mark the pages of interesting passages. This fall, you’ll be required to complete a writing assignment related to the books.
Over the summer, be sure to check Marian’s website for a reading guide for each book. Please review the questions on the reading guide, and be ready to discuss the book with your classmates and teacher in August.
Where can I find a reading guide for this summer's books?
- Reading guide for Piecing Me Together
- Reading guide for Dry
- Reading guide for A Heart in a Body in the World
- Reading guide for Educated
- Reading guide for To Kill a Mockingbird
- Reading guide for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Reading guide for Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will To Survive
- Reading guide for Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
- Reading guide for The Book of Unknown Americans
What will happen in August when we return to school?
In addition, you will discuss the book in your English class and receive a writing assignment related to it. You’ll be expected to cite specific passages from the text, so please be sure to annotate carefully as you read the book this summer. Students enrolled in honors English classes should do the same: read the book, annotate the text, and be prepared to discuss the book. In addition, honors students may be assigned a quiz, test, or other assessment in August.
If I have any other questions, who should I contact?
Please contact Ms. Susie Sisson, chair of the English Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
Why are we reading four different books?
If I’m enrolled in an honors English class for next year, what else do I have to read?
- 9th grade Honors Composition and Literature: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Reading guide here.
- 10th grade Honors American Literature: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Reading guide here.
- 11th grade H/AP English Literature: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Reading guide here.
- 12th grade H/AP English Language: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will To Survive by Stephanie Land. Reading guide here.
- 12th grade Honors World Literature: Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Reading guide here.
Students enrolled in a college prep English class will be required to read one book over the summer. Students enrolled in an honors English class will be required to read two books over the summer.
What if I’m not sure how to annotate a book?
The English Department put together this handy guide for you. Click here to view it. We’ve also included a list of common literary devices. These terms constitute the language of literature. When we talk about books, we use these words.
Where do I get a copy of the book?
The Summer Reading Program books will be included on the list of required textbooks for 2021-22. You can purchase any version of the book (print or electronic, used or new) from the seller of your choice. The Bookworm (90th & Center) is offering a 20% discount to all Marian students on the four titles in the Summer Reading Program. When you purchase one of these books at the Bookworm, just tell them you’re a Marian student, and they’ll give you the discount. You can also find all of these titles in Marian’s library or at your local public library.
How can I use social media to tell my friends about this?
Please use #MarianReads this summer across all platforms. Post pictures, ask questions, make comments about your book. There’s something wonderful about reading the same book as your friends and then getting together to talk about it. Don’t wait until this fall to have those conversations!
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald