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Summer Reading

For 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.

Register for Summer Reading 2019

Director, Summer Reading

Mr. Michael Clements

About Summer Reading

Summer Reading for Pleasure and Credit is an optional summer reading program 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.

Summer Reading Redesigned

For those familiar with our Summer Reading program, there are a few significant updates from previous years.  

The new program is as follows: 

  • Each year level will be assigned a single book.  
  • Participation is optional.
  • Participating students will come in to Central during one of the designated Summer Reading assessment dates and complete a two-part assessment on the book.
  • The result on the assessment will indicate how much extra credit a student will earn on his or her 1st quarter English grade.  
  • While students may earn extra credit based on their assessment, they cannot lose points.
  • Students are no longer exempt from the English Midterm Exam by participating in Summer Reading.

Key Details

How much does the program cost?

Participation costs $10, and the $10 fee is non-refundable. Students who decide not to take the test will not have their fee refunded. Students are responsible for buying or borrowing the book.

When is the registration deadline?

The registration deadline is Thursday, May 23. Late registrations will not be considered. Students who decide not to complete the assessment will not be refunded. Students are responsible for buying or borrowing the book.

What type of assessment will a student take?

Students will have up to two hours to complete an assessment that will be comprised of an objective section and an essay section.

Objective Section

  • The objective section will test how well students read and comprehended the book.
  • Typical objective questions include multiple choice, true/false, matching, and quote identification (identifying the speaker of a quote). 

Essay Session

  • The essay session will assess how well students can write an on-demand, critical analysis essay on the given prompt.  
  • It will not be an exercise in plot summary, but an opportunity to apply analytical skills to the characters or themes of the book.  
  • Essays will be assessed on both content and writing quality.
  • Suggestions on how to organize the response will be included in the writing prompt on test day.

How much extra credit can be earned?

Each of the two components is worth 50% of the overall score.

  • If you earn an A, you will get 4 points added to your final, first quarter English grade.
  • If you earn a B, you will get 3 extra points.
  • If you earn a C, you will get 2 extra points.
  • No credit will be earned for grades below a C.  

Assessments will be graded by members of the English Department. All grading decisions are final.

 

The 2019 Summer Reading Book Selections...

 

Incoming Freshmen: Class of 2023

Book cover of 'Refugee,' by Alan Gratz

Refugee 

by Alan Gratz

purchase on Amazon


About the Book

Incoming freshmen will read Refugee, by Alan Gratz. Refugee is a young adult book, with high school level themes. Because it falls in the “Young Adult Literature” genre, we hope that it offers a nice transition to high school literature for all incoming freshmen. It has a score of 4.5/5 on Goodreads.com based on 17,000 ratings.

A short reading guide will be available on the website in early June.  

A description of the book is below:

Three different kids. 
One mission in common: ESCAPE.

Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…

Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

Assessment Dates

Incoming freshmen will register for one of the following assessment dates. 

  • Monday, July 22
  • Tuesday, August 20

Each assessment will be conducted in the Rogers Memorial Theater from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM.

Additional Notes

  • The assessment in August will be completely different from the one administered in July.
  • Check your calendar before you sign up. If you have a known conflict on both dates (planned family vacation, away at camp, etc), you must contact Mr. Clements at the time of registration to discuss alternative options. 
  • The August date is before fall sports practices officially begin, with the exception of freshman football. Football practice that day will not conflict with the test time.  
  • Because this is an optional extra-credit assignment, there may not be a make-up date for students who do not declare a conflict at the time of registration.  
  • Because this is a summer program, all testing must be completed in the summer.
  • Your SAFEST bet is to take the July assessment if you are available, to avoid unforeseen conflicts in August.
  • Technical problems pertaining to registering on the website should be addressed to Mr. Chuck Putney: cputney@centralcatholic.net.
  • Questions about the program should be directed to Mr. Michael Clements: mclements@centralcatholic.net 

Rising Sophomores: Class of 2022

Book cover for Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross 

by Marie Lu

purchase on Amazon


About the Book

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

-From goodreads.com

Assessment Dates

Rising sophomores (class of 2022) will register for one of the following assessment dates. 

  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Monday, August 19

Each assessment will be conducted in the Rogers Memorial Theater from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM.

Additional Notes

  • The assessment in August will be completely different from the one administered in July.
  • Check your calendar before you sign up. If you have a known conflict on both dates (planned family vacation, away at camp, etc), you must contact Mr. Clements at the time of registration to discuss alternative options. 
  • The August date is before fall sports practices officially begin, with the exception of football. Football practice that day will not conflict with the test time.  
  • Because this is an optional extra-credit assignment, there may not be a make-up date for students who do not declare a conflict at the time of registration.  
  • Because this is a summer program, all testing must be completed in the summer.
  • Your SAFEST bet is to take the July assessment if you are available, to avoid unforeseen conflicts in August.
  • Technical problems pertaining to registering on the website should be addressed to Mr. Chuck Putney: cputney@centralcatholic.net.
  • Questions about the program should be directed to Mr. Michael Clements: mclements@centralcatholic.net 

Rising Juniors & Seniors: Classes of 2021 & 2020

Book cover for A Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods 

by Michael Finkel

purchase on Amazon


About the Book

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life--why did he leave? what did he learn?--as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.

-From goodreads.com

Assessment Dates

Rising juniors (class of 2021) and rising seniors (class of 2020) will register for one of the following assessment dates. 

  • Tuesday, July 23
  • Monday, August 19

Each assessment will be conducted in the Rogers Memorial Theater from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM.

Additional Notes

  • The assessment in August will be completely different from the one administered in July.
  • Check your calendar before you sign up. If you have a known conflict on both dates (planned family vacation, away at camp, etc), you must contact Mr. Clements at the time of registration to discuss alternative options. 
  • The August date is before fall sports practices officially begin, with the exception of football. Football practice that day will not conflict with the test time.  
  • Because this is an optional extra-credit assignment, there may not be a make-up date for students who do not declare a conflict at the time of registration.  
  • Because this is a summer program, all testing must be completed in the summer.
  • Your SAFEST bet is to take the July assessment if you are available, to avoid unforeseen conflicts in August.
  • Technical problems pertaining to registering on the website should be addressed to Mr. Chuck Putney: cputney@centralcatholic.net.
  • Questions about the program should be directed to Mr. Michael Clements: mclements@centralcatholic.net