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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:
 
Former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, once stated, "We all do better when we work together. Our differences matter, but our common humanity matters more." From a book of your choice, discuss how this quote relates to a person, incident, theme, or message from within the book. Ultimately, find an example from within the work that showcases cooperation in order to improve oneself and humanity.
 
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 may be addressed and discussed during Advisory period.    
 
Recommended Titles to Consider:
 
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown            This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell                       The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay                      Zen and the Art of Motorcycle…by Pirsig      
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley                         City of Thieves by David Benioff
Song of Solomon by Maya Angelou                           Nickeled & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers                                              Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins                    Wool by Hugh Howey
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer                     A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd                Ready Player One by Ernest Cline    
 
 
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 the above question. 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.
 
Thank you.
 
Sergio Marcucci
English Language Arts Chairperson   
 
 
 
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