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 www.evangelacademy.com, 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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (7-8)
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.
7th Graders- GENERAL CLASS
7th Graders- HONORS CLASS
8th Graders- GENERAL and HONORS CLASS
HIGH SCHOOL (9-11)
With each 9-11 gradebook, a required reading guide is assigned. You will find the reading guides on our website (www.evangelacademy.com) 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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 grades. There 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.
A Christian fiction novel from the list below.
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."
A nonfiction book from the list below.
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.
- What do we learn about Romeo’s character in Act 1? Explain and give examples
- What do we learn about Juliet’s character in Act 1? Explain and give examples
- 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
- 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.
- If you were Romeo or Juliet, how would you know that you were in love instantly? How do they know?
- What promise does Juliet make to Romeo when they part at the end of the balcony scene, scene ii?
- When Romeo tells Friar Laurence that he’s in love with Juliet, how does the friar react?
- Why does Juliet reject Romeo’s offer to swear the truth of his love by the moon? Explain
- 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.
- Who all is killed and by whom in this first scene? What sentence does the Prince give Romeo for the killing of Tybalt?
- 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.”
- 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?
- When talking to her parents in this act, explain how some of Juliet’s lines are filled with double meanings.
- What solution does Friar Laurence propose to help Juliet avoid marrying Paris?
- What is the mood of scene 2? How is the mood created?
- Before taking the potion, why does Juliet lay a dagger on her bed?
- After Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet’s death, what does Romeo prepare to do?
- Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to Juliet’s tomb?
- Explain how both Romeo and Juliet die.
- 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?
- Write your reaction to this very famous play.
The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald (we do NOT endorse the movie)
A nonfiction book from the list below.
Christian fiction (9th): Choose any of the following titles:
|Nonfiction (10th or 11th): Choose any of the following titles:|
Ted Dekker Series: The Lost Books
James Byron Huggins
A Wolf Story
This Present Darkness
Piercing the Darkness
The Screwtape Letters
WM (William) Paul Young
The Last Sin Eater
The Atonement Child
The Dreamhouse Kings
The 13th Tribe
The Patmos Deception
The Sign Painter
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:
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.