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Evangel Summer Reading Program 2016

Elementary School Reference Below:

Middle & High School Reference Below:


In our constant effort to improve education and reading scores at Evangel, we will continue our summer reading program.  It is vital that you know that we select books based on research of other top schools, college reading requirements, and classic books or authors who are often referenced in secondary schools or society.

We strongly suggest that BEFORE the student begins to read that he or she look over the reading guides at, which include plot summaries of the novels as well as the questions to be answered.   Special Note:  We do not endorse the movie versions of these books.  Please have your child READ the book. 

We hope that summer reading not only introduces our students to classic novels but also supplements their personal reading.  Please consider purchasing your books early in the summer just in case they need to be ordered.  We also recommend checking online bookstores or libraries.




Each middle school student must read TWO books (according to upcoming grade level).  For each middle school book, a test or writing assignment will be given the first week of school.  Please see study guide questions on the website to prepare.   You do not have to turn in the reading guide questions.  You will not turn anything in the first day of school.  They are simply for use as a study guide.



The Young Traveler’s Gift- Andy Andrews

The Magician’s Nephew- C.S. Lewis

7th Graders- HONORS CLASS

The Young Traveler’s Gift- Andy Andrews

No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War- Anita Lobel (nonfiction)


B0011XHX3C-Rumble_Fish_post_7c1 The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton

 The Call of the Wild- Jack London



With each 9-11 gradebook, a required reading guide is assigned.  You will find the reading guides on our website ( under the summer reading tab or in the main office at the high school.   Please make sure you are using the current reading guides listed on the website.  You may also have a test/quiz on the first day of school, so be prepared!  The requirements for the reading guide are as follows: 

  1. For BOTH books, students should answer each question neatly and in full-sentence responses.  The responses should be no more than a paragraph in length (unless otherwise stated) and should include thoughtful reflection and references to the book.  It is graded for content!
  2. It must be the student’s own work and words. DO NOT TYPE ANSWERS.  We will give zeros for cheating or the appearance of cheating.
  3. The questions are due the first half day of the 2015-2016 school year even if you will not have an English class term 1, and they count as two 50 point test gradesThere is a 3rd book for honors classes. It counts as a 50 point test grade.   Be prepared for a TEST/QUIZ also!


Each student enrolled in a general class must read TWO books (according to upcoming grade level) and answer the reading guide questions.  Students enrolled in Honors must read the 3rd HONORS novel.

9th Graders-

The Pearl- John Steinbeck

A Christian fiction novel from the list below.

HONORS: To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Discussion Questions for To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Answer each question in complete sentences. You answers must be paragraph responses – No less than 5 sentences per answer. Do NOT give vague answers. You must use evidence from the story (specific examples and/or quotes) to support each answer. Failure to do so will result in point deductions.

1. Why does the adult Scout begin her narrative with Jem's broken arm and a brief family history?

2. Atticus believes that to understand life from someone else's perspective, we must "walk in his or her shoes." From what other perspectives does Scout see her fellow townspeople?

3. How does Atticus quietly protest Jim Crow laws even before Tom Robinson's trial?

4. What does Jem learn when Atticus forces him to read to Mrs. Dubose as a punishment? Why does the lawyer regard this woman as the "bravest person" he ever knew?

5. Since their mother is dead, several women—Calpurnia, Miss Maudie, and Aunt Alexandra—function as mother figures to Scout and Jem. Discuss the ways these three women influence Scout's growing understanding of what it means to be a Southern "lady."


10th Graders-

Animal Farm -George Orwell

A nonfiction book from the list below.

HONORS: Romeo & Juliet - William Shakespeare (Acts I-V)

Romeo and Juliet Reading guide

Pre-reading: Find a website that will give a synopsis of the play. It’s always best to read what a play is about first. You may also find it helpful to view a movie. REMEMBER, answers to questions must be done from the written play, not a movie. Remember, the poem is written poetically in some forms. You might have to read certain lines several times to get the full understanding of what the character is saying. Look over the basic facts listed below.

Full title  ·  The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Author  · William Shakespeare

Genre  · Tragic drama

Time and place written  · London, mid-1590s

Protagonists  · Romeo; Juliet

Antagonists  · The feuding Montagues and Capulets; Tybalt; the Prince and citizens of Verona; fate

Settings (time)  · Renaissance (fourteenth or fifteenth century)

Settings (place)  · Verona and Mantua (cities in northern Italy)

Point of view  · Insofar as a play has a point of view, that of Romeo and Juliet; occasionally the play uses the point of view of the Montague and Capulet servants to illuminate the actions of their masters.

Themes  · The forcefulness of love; love as a cause of violence; the individual versus society; the inevitability of fate

Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences fully addressing the question. The answers are 2-5 points a piece.

Prologue- The prologue provides many of the most basic details of the story line.

Act I

  1. What do we learn about Romeo’s character in Act 1? Explain and give examples
  2. What do we learn about Juliet’s character in Act 1? Explain and give examples
  3. The play contains a number of characters who are truly comic in their effect. The Nurse is one of them. If you were casting this play, whom would you choose to play the part of the Nurse? Why?  Explain
  4. In Scene ii, Paris asks Lord Capulet for permission to marry Juliet. What condition does Capulet add with these lines? Explain

My will to her consent is but a part.

And she agree, within her scope of choice

Lies my consent and fair according voice.

  1. If you were Romeo or Juliet, how would you know that you were in love instantly? How do they know?

Act II

  1. What promise does Juliet make to Romeo when they part at the end of the balcony scene, scene ii?
  2. When Romeo tells Friar Laurence that he’s in love with Juliet, how does the friar react?
  3. Why does Juliet reject Romeo’s offer to swear the truth of his love by the moon? Explain
  4. Act II, Scene 6 line 9-15. Friar Laurence is giving some general understanding about love. Summarize in your own words what he is saying.


  1. Who all is killed and by whom in this first scene? What sentence does the Prince give Romeo for the killing of Tybalt?
  2. What does Mercutio mean when he describes his wound from Tybalt with these lines? “No, tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door; but tis enough, twill serve. Ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man.”
  3. The purpose of a soliloquy is to reveal to the audience what is going on in the mind and heart of the speaker.  Sometimes soliloquies tell us about the speaker’s motivation or plans. What does Juliet’s soliloquy at the beginning of the scene reveal about her feelings and state of mind?
  4. When talking to her parents in this act, explain how some of Juliet’s lines are filled with double meanings.

Act IV

  1. What solution does Friar Laurence propose to help Juliet avoid marrying Paris?
  2. What is the mood of scene 2? How is the mood created?
  3. Before taking the potion, why does Juliet lay a dagger on her bed?

Act V

  1. After Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet’s death, what does Romeo prepare to do?
  2. Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to Juliet’s tomb?
  3. Explain how both Romeo and Juliet die.
  4. At the end of the play, the Prince declines to punish either Capulet or Montague. What have Capulet and Montague learned from the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?
  5. Write your reaction to this very famous play.


11th Graders-

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald (we do NOT endorse the movie)

A nonfiction book from the list below.

HONORS:  Night- Elie Wiesel


12th Graders-

 Senior Project Instruction Guide



Pay College Athletes

Facebook and Elections 

Sample Resume of John Q. student

Sample Resume Krysten

Does the College Major Matter

Christian fiction (9th): Choose any of the following titles:

Nonfiction (10th or 11th): Choose any of the following titles:

Download Reading Guide

Ted Dekker Series: The Lost Books





James Byron Huggins

A Wolf Story

The Scam

Frank Peretti

This Present Darkness

Piercing the Darkness

C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters

Beverly Lewis

The Shunning

The Confession

WM (William) Paul Young

The Shack

Francine Rivers

The Last Sin Eater

The Atonement Child

Angela Hunt

The Note

Passing Strangers

The Offering

Robert Liparulo

The Dreamhouse Kings

The 13th Tribe

Davis Bunn

The Patmos Deception

The Turnong

The Sign Painter


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You Have a Brain...a teen guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.- Dr. Ben Carson

Live Original- Sadie Robertson

Winning Everyday- Lou Holtz

Training Camp - Jon Gordon

Mindset - Carol Dweck

David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell

Im No Angel: From Victoria's Secret to Role Model - Kylie Bisutti

Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood - Jeffrey Marx

The Battlefield of the Mind for Teens - Joyce Meyer 

Bait of Satan - John Bevere

Kissed the Girls and Made them Cry - Lisa Bevere

Don’t Waste Your Life - John Piper

Crazy Love - Francis Chan

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion against Low Expectations - Alex and Brett Harris

Overcoming the Odds - Antonio J. Webb (A Shreveport native)






2016 Summer Reading Summary:

*Each student will read the two required books according to his/her grade level for the 2016-2017 school year. Honors will read a third book.

*Middle school students will take a test over required reading during the first week of school.

*High school students will answer the reading guide questions for each book (reading guides can be found at under summer reading tab).  These count as 50 point test grades for the semester.  These are graded for CONTENT not completion.  A test may also be given.

*The completed reading guides are due to the English teacher the first half-day of school.  They will be counted late after that date.

*Seniors complete a project (see attachment for seniors)

Summer Reading Policies:


English honors summer reading policy:   It is a privilege to be in an honors class.  These classes are preferably smaller in number and contain students who really wish to learn, who push themselves to become stronger, and who want to be challenged.  Ideally these classes would utilize class discussions more than a general class.  Honors classes would have more “at home” reading assignments and higher standards for writing and research. 

In an effort to take our honors classes to a stronger level, we implemented a 3rd summer reading book for prospective honors students.  The additional book will be on the summer reading list.  This book will also have questions to be answered and a possible quiz on the first half day of school.  If a student does not do the additional reading or any of the required reading, he/she will immediately be moved to a regular class for the remainder of the school year.

Policy for late enrollees:  All new students who were not officially enrolled at Evangel Christian Academy during the previous school year and who enroll after August 1st will still be required to read the classic novel on the appropriate summer reading list.  These students will take a test over the novel during the 3rd week of school.  Individual teachers will administer the test and choose the exact test date.  The students will not complete the reading guides for credit.  The other novel(s) will be excused.  This includes foreign exchange students who are new to Evangel.

Foreign Exchange students:  Returning foreign exchange students from Evangel are required to do the summer reading assignments.