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    Summer Reading

    STM English Dept Summer Reading & Requirements 2017

    Summer Reading Testing Dates:
    June 21: 11:00-1:00 (during Tablet Training)
    July 19: 11:00-1:00 (during Tablet Training)
    Aug. 9: 7:00-3:00 (during Orientation--students may test when they come for their orientation session)

    * All students are welcome to test on any of the above testing dates.

    Deadline to complete summer reading testing via the STM AR Program:
    Seniors: August 10
    Juniors: August 11
    Sophomores: August 14
    Freshmen: August 15

    Required Books and Films:

    Note: Students are required to take Accelerated Reader tests on all assigned and choice novels.

    English I (CP)
    Book: Night by Elie Wiesel
    Film: Hotel Rwanda (1994—PG-13)

    English I (H)
    Books: Night by Elie Wiesel & A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    Film: Hotel Rwanda (1994—PG-13)

    English II (CP)
    Book: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    Film: Murder on the Orient Express (1974—PG)

    English II (H)

    Books: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie & The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    Film: Murder on the Orient Express (1974—PG)

    English III (CP)
    Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    Film: Dead Poets’ Society (1989—PG)

    English III (H) and (AP)
    Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    Film: Dead Poets’ Society (1989—PG)
    Also: Students must read a work from a designated list. This reading will feed into a major research project to be completed during the junior year. Direct questions to Sharon Guillory, English III teacher.

    English IV CP
    Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    Film: He Named Me Malala (2015-PG-13)

    English IV (H):
    Books: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    Film (strongly preferred with parental permission): The King’s Speech (2010—R—for some language)
    Option: A Beautiful Mind (2001—PG-13)

    English IV Dual Enrollment:
    Book: Reading Requirements

    English IV (AP):
    Book: 1984 by George Orwell
    Other book options & reading suggestions

    Additional reading opportunity:
    During the summer, all students may earn an additional grade at the start of the year by earning a specified number of AR points in addition to their required reading. Books may be found using AR Bookfinder.

    For a bonus 50/50 grade: earn 10 AR points through summer reading
    For a bonus 100/100 grade: earn 20 AR points through summer reading

    Please note:
    Points earned from required summer reading do not count toward this bonus grade.

      • These additional/bonus points will be added to the core 15 points students will be required to earn during first quarter; they will not count towards students’ mandatory first-quarter AR reading requirement.

    Important: Students may not test on books that appear on our Exclusion List. Current movies made from books are automatically on the exclusion list when released.


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    MAS Ultra, History Reference Center, Newpaper Source, Academic Search Complete, Literary Reference Center

    Gale Databases
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    Issues and Controversies in American History

    Classroom Video on Demand

    Salem Online ebooks in health, history and literature

    Scientific American


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    This art installation was funded by Dr. and Mrs. John Vigorito, honoring the final wishes of Ms. Rita McGrath and Ms. Lorraine Marchand, former Most Holy Sacrament sisters who taught and served at St. Thomas More from 1982 to 2005. Both loved books, libraries and art - and were committed to education and service. Read more about the installation here.


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