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Pittsfield High School

300 East Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201 (413) 499-9537
Fax (413) 442-2540
Superintendent Principal
Dr. Howard J. Eberwein, Ed.D. JoAnne Soules

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The English teachers at Pittsfield High School are already making plans to welcome your child next year. Each Pittsfield High School student will be expected to choose from the list of titles for summer reading. Returning to school in September is much easier for those who have maintained the habit of responsive reading during the summer. Summer reading provides a pleasurable broadening of a teenager’s experiences. Students who read as a source of both intellectual stimulation and overall relaxation are likely to become lifelong readers. Those who read over the summer months achieve speaking and writing skills, which align with the Pittsfield High School English Department’s goals for each and every student. As teachers, we recognize the need to encourage students to read to increase their vocabulary, better their understanding of language, and excite their imagination.

Depending on the course in which your child is enrolled, he/she will be required to read one to three novels listed below on the summer reading lists. In addition to reading the novels, each student will be required to keep a response or excerpt journal for each novel choice. Guidelines for the journals are attached. Advanced Placement and Search for Values will have very specific assignments that may be accessed on the school website if your child was absent the day they were handed out in school. This assignment will be worth fifteen percent of your child’s first quarter grade and is DUE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010. This will help the teachers assess their writing skills and begin early to address writing needs. We would like all students to research and choose titles appropriate to their interests and reading levels.

The teachers from all disciplines worked hard to create a list that has something for everyone. Any one of the novels can be acquired at Barnes & Noble,, one of the many great used bookstores in the area, or your public library. The list is as follows:

Freshman Reading List
Regular English requires ONE book choice with a response journal. Intensive requires TWO book choices and journals. Honors requires THREE book choices and journals. Honors has a specific assignment listed below.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
Far North by Will Hobbs
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
April Morning by Howard Fast
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

Honors will read two books from the list and complete journal entries. *For the third book, read Part 1 of Silas Marner by George Eliot, and complete a time line of events, instead of journal entries. The class will work with this book for the first few weeks of school. There will be a limited number of copies of Silas Marner available in the PHS office (open 7-3) during the summer, for students to borrow and return.

Sophomore Reading List
Regular English requires ONE book choice with a response journal. Intensive requires TWO book choices and journals. Honors requires THREE book choices and journals.

Silver Fin by Charlie Higson
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
Stotan by Chris Crutcher
Marie Dancing by Carolyn Myer
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Handbook For Boys by Walter Dean Myers
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
The Eldest by Christopher Paolini
The Messenger by Lois Lowry
Romeo’s Ex: Rosalind’s Story by Lisa Fiedler

*please visit the PHS website...
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