English Department ~ Summer Reading List
Aloha e Haumāna and Mākua,
The school year is quickly coming to an end, and Summer Reading is almost here!! The best way to keep your brain in shape and to improve your writing skills and PSAT and/or SAT scores is to READ, and then read one more time, and finally, read again and again!
Read the newspaper—even the comics have some pretty interesting storylines; read the cereal box—there are some strange words in your food; read the purchase policy for the newest App—make certain you know what you “agree” to; read a review or two for the new summer movie releases—big bucks in production doesn’t always mean a great film. Reading is a skill we use everyday, and if you read a book for at least 15-20 minutes a day, you will finish your summer reading and if you read beyond the requirement, you will become an even stronger reader and writer.
Your English kumu have recommended a few books that we trust will peak your interest.
You can find the recommended Summer Reading list on our department website at http://kapalama.ksbe.edu/high/english/. When you visit our website, you will notice that our Summer Reading Lists are divided by grade level as well as our Honors and Hawaiian/Pacific/ World literature (HPWL) strands. You need to consult the list assigned to the grade level and course strand you have chosen for your schedule next year. For example, if you are scheduled for English 10 next year, and you also chose our HPWL line, then your Summer Reading List will be different than that of your friend who decided to stick with our traditional English 10 curriculum.
Keep in mind that hunting for the summer reading books of your choice has its challenges, so you want to start early. If you know what book you want to read, you can check out a copy from our own Midkiff Learning Center (first-come-first-served). All book checked out for the summer will be due back on August 13, 2012—so take a few extra books for those beach days.
Also, our department sends the summer reading lists to every bookstore possible throughout the state—each store requires their own copy of our list, so we may have missed a few. If you cannot get a copy of your first choice, choose another or try another bookstore. Keep in mind the longer you wait the harder it will become to get your book. Amazon.com is another good source with a week or so turn around.
Finally, on the first day of school, your new English teacher will expect you to have read your chosen book, and he/she may choose to test you on the first day or anytime within the first week of school.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or your counselor. Happy reading!!!
Monica A. Ka'imipono Kaiwi
English Department Head
Kamehameha Secondary Schools
210 Konia Circle
Honolulu, HI 96817