2019 Summer Reading List

Acceleration East High School 2019 Summer Reading List

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Scythe is a science fiction book set in the future where the human population is immortal. The only way to die is to be randomly killed or gleaned by professional reapers known as “scythes.” Citra and Rowan are two teenagers who have been selected to apprentice as scythes. They must learn the art of killing and understand the need. But, in a twist of fate, only one will be chosen to become a scythe and the winner will have to glean the loser.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien A story depicting the men of Alpha Company-Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three-the stories in The Things They Carried opened our eyes to the nature of war in a way we will never forget. The story challenges our perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, and courage, longing, and fear.

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah: This non-fiction memoir was written by a boy soldier in the Sierra Leone region of Africa and is a raw and compelling story of death, violence, war and redemption. Unfortunately, this type of fighting continues today, and this memoir will open your eyes to the atrocities faced by children around the world.


ASSIGNMENT #1: News Article
Write a featured news article of at least three paragraphs. The article should address significant information about the plot and conflict in your chosen book and “report” objective facts pertaining to the story. Finally, “interview” a character from the story in order to address perspective and point-of-view (as you would see in a regular news article). The questions that the students write should be open-ended questions that will call for more than just a yes or no or one-word response. Questions you should ask the character include: "Describe..." "What might happen if…?" "What solutions would you suggest for…?" "What do you think about…?" "How did you decide about…?" "How do you feel about…?"

ASSIGNMENT #2: Create an Infographic Explanation
Create a visual representation of your chosen book. Include all elements of the Plot Map and associated quotes and explanations that address deeper meaning and show your understanding of the story.
ASSIGNMENT #3: Write a Sequel
Write a sequel for your chosen book of at least 350 words (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font). In other words, from your perspective and understanding of the book, what happens next??? Hook the reader into the scene, creating continuity or a shift from the previous section (a change in point of view, time period, setting or style), focus your writing on the new part of your story.

ASSIGNMENT #4: Write Diary or Journal Entries
Write at least five comprehensive journal entries for one of the characters in your story. Each entry needs to be at least a paragraph long and include information that would entice your reader to want to read the book.

ASSIGNMENT #5: Create a Play List
Create a list of ten songs that remind you of the characters in the novel or the novel itself. List the songs, artist and a summary of how that song connects to the novel. Embed each of the songs in a slide presentation along with images that reflect the connection to the text.

ASSIGNMENT #6: Draw or Sketch
Draw or Sketch eight significant scenes from the novel and describe each scene you are depicting in a well-written paragraph on the back of each drawing. Each scene needs to be drawn on a separate piece of paper (plain computer paper or sketch pad paper). At the end of your project, you will have eight scenes, eight descriptive paragraphs on eight separate sheets of paper.