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English Department Summer Reading 2012-2013
English Department of Cardinal O’Hara offers a summer reading program that focuses on contemporary literary merit.
The titles were chosen based on this literary merit as well as their entertainment value; the emphasis being: motivate students to read. The classics have not been discarded. They will be taught in class, under the teachers’ guidance, throughout the school year.
Every student must read the work assigned to his/her grade for the 2012-2013 school year. During the second and third weeks of September, English teachers will administer assessments, traditional and/or alternative, based on each of the works. The grade for the assessment will then be applied to the student’s first-quarter average. All students, regardless of registration dates, must fulfill the summer reading requirements.
All Tracks: Heaven is For Real Todd Burpo
All Tracks: Tooth and Nail Kaplan SAT version
Elster and Eliot
All Tracks: Life as We Knew It
All Tracks: Slaughterhouse Five
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bluebeard Kurt Vonnegut
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton
Additionally, students in AP English must choose one contemporary work of fiction which has been awarded a major literary prize (Pulitzer, Mann-Booker, Orange, Nobel, Penn-Faulkner, or National Book Award) within the last 20 years.