Middle/High School News


We are going to be using Khan Academy again this summer for our Summer Math program. Summer Math assignments are now available through Google Classroom using the following code: usz5sb.

Students should follow the link in Google Classroom to Khan Academy for the course they are registered for in the fall of 2019. All students SHOULD be registered in their Khan Academy class by Saturday June 1. All assignments are due the first day of class, August 14, 2019.  


6th Grade*: Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

7th Grade*: The Second Mrs. Giaconda by Elaine Konigsburg

English 8 CP*: Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

English 8 Honors: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

*Note for 6th, 7th, and English 8 Students: They will not be asked to respond to the text on the first day back at school. We will discuss and take notes before they complete a written assignment on the text.

In addition to the specified texts for each grade level, students should choose texts for independent reading from the following list. They should read at least 60 minutes each week and keep a log of what they have read.

Fiction Titles
Across Five Aprils
, Irene Hunt 
After the Rain, Norma Fox Mazer 
Al Capone Does My Shirts, G. Chlodenko 
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker, Cynthia DeFelice 
Backwater, Joan Bauer 
Bandit’s Moon, Sid Fleischman 
Becoming Naomi Leon, Pam Munoz Ryan 
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak 
Bound, Donna Jo Napoli 
A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor, Harry Mazer 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne 
The Boy Who Saved Baseball, John H. Ritter 
Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene Yelchin 
Calico Captive, Elizabeth George Speare 
Captain Horatio Hornblower, C. S. Forester 
The Cay & Timothy of the Cay, Theodore Taylor 
Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech 
Chasing Vermeer, The Calder Game, & The Wright 3, Balliett Blue 
Chicken Boy, Frances O’Roark Dowell 
Chomp, Carl Hiaasen 
The Coast Watcher, Elise Weston 
Cry of the Icemark, S. Hill 
Day of Tears, Julius Lester 
Double Identity, Margaret Peterson Haddix 
The Edge of the Sword, Rebecca Tingle 
Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine 
The Enemy Above, Michael Spraidlin 
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card 
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library & The Island of Dr. Libris, Chris Grabenstein 
Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan 
Eyes of the Emperor, Graham Salisbury 
Fever, 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson 
Ghost, Jason Reynolds 
Granny Torelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech 
The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien 
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
Masterpiece, Elise Broach 
My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George 
Navigating Early, Clare Vanderpool 
A Night Divided, Jennifer A. Nielson 
Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper 
Project 1065, Alan Gratz 
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor 
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe 
The Secret Keepers, Trenton Lee Stewart 
The Secret Project Notebook, Carolyn Reeder 
Shades of Gray, Carolyn Reeder 
Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz 
Surviving the Applewhites, Stephanie Tolan 
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, John Grisham 
The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi 
The Underneath, Kathi Appelt 
Ungifted, Gordon Korman 
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin 
When the Sea Turned to Silver, Grace Lin 
Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls 
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series, Andrew Clements 
The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis 
Crispin trilogy, Avi 
Dear America series 
The Gerander Trilogy, Francis Watts 
Guardians of Ga’hoole series, Kathryn Lasky 
The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series, Jane Smiley 
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien 
Molly Moon series, Georgia Byng 
The Mysterious Benedict Society series, Trenton Lee Stewart 
The Royal Diaries series 
Tales from Dimwood Forrest series, Avi 
The Wingfeather Saga, Andrew Peterson

Abracadabra Kid: A Writer’s Life, Sid Fleischman 
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition, William Kamkwamba 
Cowboys of the Wild West, Russell Freedman 
The Emperor’s Silent Army, Jane O’Conner 
Isaac the Alchemist, Mary Losure 
King George: What Was His Problem? Steve Sheinkin 
Moonbird, Phillip Hoose 
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science, John Fleischman 
Temple Grandin, Sy Montgomery 
We Are the Ship, Kadir Nelson 
We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, Cynthia Levinson

English 9 CP

Students in English 9 CP should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 9 Honors/10 CP

Students in English 9 Honors and English 10 CP should read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 10 Honors

Students in English 10 Honors and English 11 CP should read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 11

Students in English 11 will read Beowulf translation by Seamus Heaney and prepare for a written assessment on the first day of school.

AP Language and Composition

Students in AP Language and Composition should read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and be prepared for a written assessment the first day of school. Students should also purchase Rhetorical Devices, Prestwick House, ISBN # 978158049765-7. The summer assignment in this book is to read pages 3 - 10 and to complete all writing activities on pages 13 - 31 according to directions.

Senior Composition

Students should read Hard Times by Charles Dickens and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

AP Literature and Composition

Student should read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and a second novel of their choice from the provided list. Students are to complete the summer reading assignment for each novel and email their responses to jcain@shannonforest.com by Tuesday, August 13. The detailed description of the novels and assignment is attached.

The following novels/plays have been cited on the AP exam more than any other pieces of literature. The numbers to the left of each title indicates how many times students were able to write about the novel on the open-ended question.

Do not select a novel/play that you have already read. Email Mrs. Cain at jcain@shannonforest.com by July 1, 2019 to inform her of your second novel/play choice.

AP Literature Choices for Second Novel/Play:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Billy Budd by Herman Melville
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Light in August by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Native Son by Richard Wright
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Candide by Voltaire
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sula by Toni Morrison
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chkhov
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

AP Literature Assignment:

In a typed document, complete the following entries for BOTH novels. You should have a separate entry for Invisible Man and a second entry for the novel of your choice.

(10 points) Entry #1. Introductory information as shown below

  1. Title of work
  2. Give a brief description of the author and any significant events in his/her life that would have shaped the novel
  3. Genre (play, novel, epic poem, nonfiction text); sub-genre, if applicable (example, not just play for Henry V, but history play)
  4. Historical context, such as the year published, the literary period, or any historical or literary connections worth noting
  5. Protagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
  6. Antagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
  7. Key themes: the main two or three. Remember—this is a complete statement, not singular words or phrases.
  8. Three literary elements-identified and described

(50 points) Entries #2-6. Five journal entries (approximately 100-200 words each). All journal entries are to be analytical exercises and written in paragraph form. Be sure to vary your entry types (don't do the same thing over and over again).

  1. Write about the title: What do you think this title could refer to? What is your first reaction to the title? Do you think it could be seen as symbolic in any way?
  2. Start with a quotation from a chapter and comment on it. Why is it important? Extend beyond the text itself. Ex: maybe the passage is important for a character, but how about us?
  3. Pull out a soliloquy or short scene from a play and analyze it. Why it is important? What is revealed, etc.?
  4. Reading between the lines. Sometimes it's what characters don't say that matters. Cite a passage and explain what's really going on. Be sure to show how you know it.
  5. Analyze the development of a dynamic character: how is it she/he grows, learns, etc.? (AP tests are full of passages that show character growth).
  6. Cite and explain an ironic passage. How does irony function in the work?
  7. Cite a passage and analyze the author's style: choice of words, syntax, tone, etc. Why do you think the author used this style for this work? How effective is the passage at achieving the author's purpose?
  8. Cite and agree, disagree or qualify a point of view or a worldview in the work. Give context for the point of view first.

(40 points) Entry #7. - In 800 words or more explain a truth (or truths) about human nature and find some events from the text that relate to those truths. Include a quote from at least one passage in the book that reflects the experience you have identified. Be sure to embed the quote into your essay as you have done on other AP essays. Some ideas to consider are: acceptance, alienation, betrayal, choices, conformity, courage, cowardice, fear, friendship, fate, individuality, loyalty, relationships, responsibility, growth, and truth.

____Total (100 points)

Complete TWO