PTHS Summer Reading 2018

Pequannock reads in the summer!

Summer reading is an opportunity to keep your brain engaged and maintain previously learned academic skills. It gives you the freedom to establish a life-long reading habit, a disposition common to successful men and women across all occupations and cultures. It's a way to laugh, cry, and make sense of the world, on your terms from books that you are passionate about reading. It's about finishing one great book after another, all summer long. Summer reading is your opportunity to invest in you.

PRinTS is a district-wide initiative to encourage students to read and invest in themselves throughout the summer. The PTHS English Department is continuing to offer choice books for summer reading. This will offer students opportunity to enrich their reading lives and writing skills. The expectation is that students will choose a book, from the suggestions provided or an appropriate grade-level recommendation. We encourage you to select a text that will be of high interest to you. Even though the requirement is one book, we are encouraging the continuation of reading more than one text throughout the summer and into the upcoming school year.

Check out How to Tap Your Inner Reader, an informational article from The New York Times. (Note: For unlimited NYT digital access: use PTHS's Academic Pass. Create an account using your school g-mail account. Your academic pass account can also be used for unlimited mobile access.)


When we get back to school in September, you'll participate in a writing assessment, about ONE of the books you read over the summer. In the assessment, you'll be expected to demonstrate your ability to address theme, supported by quotes and evidence, relevant and critical to the text.

Close Read

Reading “closely” means reading actively, paying attention to language, making thoughtful observations, and tracking your interpretations of the messages the author delivers. You should note your questions and observations, along with supporting evidence. Underlining interesting passages, jotting down questions, marking moments when characters have to make important or difficult decisions, and recording instances of symbolism and foreshadowing will deepen your interpretation and understanding of theme within your book while also building a toolbox of material to draw from when you write your essay.

Annotate/Take Notes

Concepts and themes may not be explicitly stated, so your notes are crucial in identifying and evaluating the book's central theme. Take notes using the optional organizer (make copy) provided or keep track of your information on post-its or on your own Google Doc. Be sure to cite specific evidence from your novel.

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Immigrant Experience

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Facing Racism

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Dealing with Mental Illness

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Heart Wrenching

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Issue Oriented

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If your chosen book is FICTION

Find the Central Concept

The central concept of a text is the primary focus, pattern, purpose, or thought process guiding a text or section of text. This is built and revealed by both plot and theme. A book’s central concept is the proposed suggestion, message, moral, lesson, or philosophical stance taken away from a text. This can be on either the reader’s or the author’s part – one can take away things (or miss) the author did not necessarily intend.

Find the Theme

A theme is a philosophical idea found behind the motives, actions, emotions, images, symbols, and language of a text. Themes can be found in either what the reader thinks a text means or what the text itself seems to suggest. A theme may be a universal idea that is a reflection of human experience suggested by the text. A prevailing theme can also be identified by examining the characters' strengths, weaknesses, values, thoughts, and actions, or by the images and events that recur through a text.

If your chosen book is NONFICTION

...such as a memoir or historical account – keep in mind the following aspects, as non-fiction may differ significantly from literary fiction in several important ways:

Structure of the Text

How did the writer organize the text?

• sequence or time order

• similar and/or contrasting ideas

• description of concrete or abstract details

• patterns of cause and effect

• how does the writer use these structures to communicate?

• how do structural elements help make ideas clear?

Author’s Viewpoint

What are the author’s opinion, conclusion, and overall attitude toward the topic?

• Diction: an author’s word choice creates tone, which in turn creates the mood of a text. An author’s attitude toward a topic is revealed in this way.

• Evidence: what types of examples or anecdotes do the author use, and why? Does the author show multiple perspectives? is there a bias evident in the text?

• Fact vs. Opinion: what is presented as fact, and what is opinion, and how do you know?

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