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The Other Wes Moore
New Town High School
School Wide Summer Reading Assignment

Summer reading at New Town High School is changing. This year, the entire school will be reading the same text. This book was chosen specifically for its content and its connection to the area in which we live. This assignment will be due the last week of September. Please see your English teacher for a specific due date.

Read The other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
(Warning: This novel contains some explicit language. If this is an issue for you or your child, please contact the English Department Chair at karthur@bcps.org to discuss. An alternate assignment can be created.)
This book can be purchased at any area bookstore or off the internet (Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, etc), checked out of the library, or downloaded to any device.
Overview
Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.
Task 1: Read the novel and keep a dialectical journal of your thoughts while you read. An example of a dialectical journal is attached to this assignment. Your journal should have a minimum of 15 entries and your excerpts and analysis should focus on important quotes from each section. Pay particular attention to why you think he chooses to tell the narrative of the different characters. Understanding what authors do and why they do it is essential in any English class. Your journal can be kept in a Word document or in a notebook.
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