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Summer Reading

Summer Reading LogoFor over 20 years, Central Catholic's Summer Reading program has been cultivating a love of reading within students while serving as a model for other schools and educators.

About Summer Reading


Summer Reading for Pleasure and Credit is an optional Summer Reading program at Central Catholic. This program is designed to encourage students to develop a love of reading with all of its attending benefits, both academic and personal. The books in this program have been chosen with pleasure reading in mind.

Students who choose to participate and register for the program will be required to read three books and to complete a reading response journal.

Students who successfully complete the journal earn one-quarter credit and are not required to take the January 2019 English mid-term exam.


REGISTER


Click here to register for Summer Reading.

The cost of the program is $45.00. The entire fee must be paid when a student registers. No refunds will be granted after the first book discussion date on Wednesday, June 27.

The books are not provided by CCHS. They are listed below with Amazon links. They are available in printed format and digital format via booksellers and at local libraries.


Key Dates

The Reading Response Journal

About the Journal

Each student who chooses to participate is required to complete a journal.

A hard copy of the journal must be submitted to CCHS and checked in at the journal table on Friday, August 17, 2018, between the hours of 8 A.M. and Noon.

Students who cannot deliver the journal on this date by noon must mail the journal to CCHS so that the journal arrives by August 17. Students may turn the journal in early by bringing it to the Main Office.

Directions & Rubrics

Journal directions and rubrics can be found on this page. There are separate directions for incoming freshmen (the Class of 2022) and for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (the Classes of 2021, 2020, and 2019).

Pre-Reading Guides & Discussion Questions

Students can find Pre-Reading Guides listed with each book, as well as Discussion Questions that can help guide their thinking. These questions do not have to be answered in the journals.


TurnItIn.Com

In addition to submitting a hard copy of all journals in a folder, students must also submit their journals through Turnitin.com.

TurnItIn.Com Directions

If you have trouble with Turnitin.com, please contact Mrs. Jodi Kriner, Director of Technology, at jkriner@centralcatholic.net.

Book Discussion Groups

Join the Discussion

Optional discussion groups are offered for each book for those students who would like to come to school to meet in an informal setting with a teacher/moderator and other students who have read the books.

These discussion groups are not required; only the journal is required for credit.

Book Discussion Dates

Book discussion dates have been set for

  • Wednesday, June 27, Book 1
  • Wednesday, July 18, Book 2
  • Wednesday, August 8, Book 3

Groups will meet from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Central Catholic.

Students who arrive in the lobby on the day of each discussion will be directed to classrooms where the discussions will take place.

Sign Up

There is no fee to attend the book discussions.

Students may choose any or all sessions but should register for each session they wish to attend.

Use the following link to register for a book discussion:

https://tinyurl.com/SumRead-Discus-18


The 2018 Summer Reading Book Selections...


Book 1




Directions & Rubrics

Incoming Freshmen

These materials are for incoming students in the Class of 2022. All other students should click the "Returning Students" tab above.

Students can find Pre-Reading Guides listed with each book, as well as Discussion Questions that can help guide their thinking. These questions do not have to be answered in the journals. An annotated sample journal to serve as a model can also be found below.

Formatting Requirements for Journals

  1. Write a separate journal for each book on the list.
  2. Each journal entry for incoming freshmen must be a minimum of three full pages.
  3. Journals must be typed.
    a. Use Times New Roman, size 12 font.
    b. Double space.
    c. Use standard one inch margins on all sides of each page.
  4. Print and submit a hard copy of all three journals in one folder labeled on the outside with your name and “incoming freshman.”
  5. Submit all three journals saved in one file to turnitin.com.

Content Requirements for Journals

Each journal entry (three page minimum for incoming freshmen) must accomplish the following:

  1. Show that you read the book thoroughly, based on your review of or reflection on the text.
    The emphasis here is on exploring the characters and themes, not plot summary.
  2. Describe the main character and the conflict he/she faces.
    There may be more than one main character. The conflict could be with another person, another force, or within the main character him/herself.
  3. Explain the theme (main idea about life) of the book.
    Use major characters, plot elements and specific action from the text to support the theme(s) you select.
  4. Provide personal commentary on the book. This commentary should be only one page out of the three that are required for incoming freshmen.
    Commentary may include some of the following observations. You do not have to write about all of them.
    • Explain why you enjoyed the book or why you did not like the book.
    • Discuss what you learned that was new.
    • Provide personal connections to the material and topics discussed in the book.
    • Compare this book to other books you have read or situations you have observed.

The reading journal should be a reflection of the student’s own thoughts and reactions to the books. There should be no reason for a student to consult with any outside sources or with another student. Academic dishonesty involved in the preparation of the reading journals will result in the student’s receiving no credit. Academic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) plagiarism of any outside source, whether it be a verbatim copy or simply the use of another’s thoughts or ideas.

Grading Rubric

Journals will be graded holistically on the following scale:

  • High Pass (A+): for exceptionally well written, thoughtful journals that include all required elements and reveal a command of organization, syntax, and diction. These journals provide extraordinary insights, and key evidence is well integrated into the text and documented with page numbers.
  • Pass (A): for journals that complete all requirements satisfactorily
  • No Credit: for journals that are incomplete, or that do not include all required elements, or that are written about books not on the list, or that may be plagiarized.

PDF Guidelines

Model Journal

Submitting Your Journal

A hard copy of the journal must be submitted to CCHS and checked in at the journal table on Friday, August 17, 2018, between the hours of 8 A.M. and Noon.

Students who cannot deliver the journal on this date by noon must mail the journal to CCHS so that the journal arrives by August 17.

Students may turn the journal in early by bringing it to the Main Office.

Journals must also be submitted via TurnItIn.com (see below).

TurnItIn.com

In addition to submitting a hard copy of all journals in a folder, students must also submit their journals through Turnitin.com.

TurnItIn.Com Directions

If you have trouble with Turnitin.com, please contact Mrs. Jodi Kriner, Director of Technology, at jkriner@centralcatholic.net.

Returning Students

These materials are for students in the Class of 2021, 2020, and 2019. Incoming freshmen in the class of 2022 should click the "Incoming Freshmen" tab above.

Students can find Pre-Reading Guides listed with each book, as well as Discussion Questions that can help guide their thinking. These questions do not have to be answered in the journals.

Formatting Requirements for Journals

  1. Write a separate journal for each book on the list.
  2. Each journal entry for incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors must be a minimum of four full pages.
  3. Journals must be typed.
    a. Use Times New Roman, size 12 font.
    b. Double space.
    c. Use standard one inch margins on all sides of each page.
  4. Print and submit a hard copy of all three journals in one folder labeled on the outside with your name and your incoming grade level or year level.
  5. Submit all three journals saved in one file to turnitin.com.

Content Requirements for Journals

Each journal entry (four page minimum for incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors) must accomplish the following:

  1. Show that you read the book thoroughly, based on your review of or reflection on the text.
    The emphasis here is on exploring the characters and themes, not plot summary.
  2. Describe the main character and the conflict he/she faces.
    There may be more than one main character. The conflict could be with another person, another force, or within the main character him/herself.
  3. Explain the theme (main idea about life) of the book.
    Use major characters, plot elements and specific action from the text to support the theme(s) you select.
  4. Provide personal commentary on the book. This commentary should be only one and a half pages out of the four pages that are required for incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
    Commentary may include some of the following observations. You do not have to write about all of them.
    • Explain why you enjoyed the book or why you did not like the book.
    • Discuss what you learned that was new.
    • Provide personal connections to the material and topics discussed in the book.
    • Compare this book to other books you have read or situations you have observed.

The reading journal should be a reflection of the student’s own thoughts and reactions to the books. There should be no reason for a student to consult with any outside sources or with another student. Academic dishonesty involved in the preparation of the reading journals will result in the student’s receiving no credit. Academic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) plagiarism of any outside source, whether it be a verbatim copy or simply the use of another’s thoughts or ideas.

Grading Rubric

Journals will be graded holistically on the following scale:

  • High Pass (A+): for exceptionally well written, thoughtful journals that include all required elements and reveal a command of organization, syntax, and diction. These journals provide extraordinary insights, and key evidence is well integrated into the text and documented with page numbers.
  • Pass (A): for journals that complete all requirements satisfactorily
  • No Credit: for journals that are incomplete, or that do not include all required elements, or that are written about books not on the list, or that may be plagiarized.

PDF Guidelines

Model Journal

Submitting Your Journal

A hard copy of the journal must be submitted to CCHS and checked in at the journal table on Friday, August 17, 2018, between the hours of 8 A.M. and Noon.

Students who cannot deliver the journal on this date by noon must mail the journal to CCHS so that the journal arrives by August 17.

Students may turn the journal in early by bringing it to the Main Office.

Journals must also be submitted via TurnItIn.com (see below).

TurnItIn.com

In addition to submitting a hard copy of all journals in a folder, students must also submit their journals through Turnitin.com.

TurnItIn.Com Directions

If you have trouble with Turnitin.com, please contact Mrs. Jodi Kriner, Director of Technology, at jkriner@centralcatholic.net.