Sutton Memorial High School Summer Reading Program
This year’s Summer Reading Program at Sutton Memorial High School is “One School, One Theme.” Students will have the ability to select a book of their choice that applies to the following theme:
In conjunction with our Student Council’s initiative of developing a school-wide theme for the year, we encourage all students to consider Mahatma Gandhi’s claim: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” From a book of your choice, discuss how this quote relates to a person, incident, theme, or message from within the book. Ultimately, find and example from within the work that showcases positive change.
Students should select and read a book they feel is appropriate for the aforementioned prompt. Students should read the text, can take notes if it helps with comprehension, and be prepared to discuss their findings during the first week of school. Assessment will be administered by their English Language Arts teacher, and can range from a Socratic Seminar, group discussion, or presentation. Furthermore, the prompt will be addressed throughout the school year.
Recommended Titles to Consider:
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Whistler by John Grisham Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Fly Me by Daniel Riley A Man Called Ove by F. Backman
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Darktown by Thomas Mullen
You will Know Me by Megan Abbott What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
As these books are appropriate for teenagers, many deal with mature content and themes. Parental discretion is advised.
In closing, students should select a book worthy of high school literary merit that they have not completed in school. The above list is merely a suggestion of titles - there are countless books that will fit this year’s prompt. We also urge students to avoid selecting a book that is a major motion picture. Consider supporting your local library and get lost in a book this summer.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
English Language Arts Chairperson