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Summer Reading

Malden Catholic views the development of life-long habits of reading as a hallmark of an educated man and encourages each student to read widely throughout the year. The school also recognizes the value of other on-going academic engagement during the summer months.

Summer reading and other intellectual activities serve to stimulate, to enrich, and to reinforce academic skills during the long summer hiatus from formal schooling. Appropriate reading, of course, also provides the best long-range preparation for the verbal college tests which students face in their junior and senior years.

Several of our academic departments help to plan summer enrichment activities for our students. For this summer our English, Mathematics, and Science Departments have required the following for each class. Required readings and assigments are listed below by grade.


Seniors

  • English Department: Reading of The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer -Pocket Book Enriched Classis-Selected tales (modem translation) for Non-AP Students. 
  •  AP English students read the following five books: A Prayer for Owen Meany  (J. Irving), Madame Bovary (G. Flaubert), A Thousand Acres (J. Smiley), The Bluest Eye (T. Morrison), King Lear (Shakespeare). 
  • Mathematics Department: Completion of Mathematics Problem Booklet (Collected first day of school)
  • Science Department: Prey by Michael Crichton, 2002 (nanotechnology, biogenetics, computers). Science instructor will adminster the exam in class on Friday, 9/5.
  • Other: Suggested titles include works that may appear as part of the English course during the school year. These titles are recommended, not required. Local libraries and bookstores will received our required lists in May.

Suggested Reading List

  • Oedipus Rex, Antigone - Sophocles
  • Gulliver's Travels - Swift
  • A Man for All Seasons - Bolt
  • Pygmalion - Shaw
  • Murder in the Cathedral - Eliot
  • Women of Troy - Euripides
  • Becket - Anouilh
  • The Plague - Camus
  • Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear - Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice - Austen
  • Beowulf - *
  • Sons and Lovers - Lawrence
  • Heart of Darkness - Conrad
  • Glass Menagerie - William
  • Dubliners - Joyce
  • Portrait of an Artist - Joyce
  • Waiting for Godot - Beckett

Juniors

  • English Department: Non-AP students read  The Natural by Bernard Malamud. 
  •  AP English Students read Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, A Boy's Life by Robert McGammon, Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.  Tests will be given on Thursday, 9/11.
  • Mathematics Department: Completion of Mathematics Problem Booklet (Collected first day of school, Tuesday, 9/2)
  • Science Department: Read The 13th Element: The Sordid Take of Murder, Fire and Phosphorous, by John Elmsley, 2002 (history of phosphorous and its uses, both good and bad). Science instructor will adminster the exam in class on Friday, 9/5.
  • English summer reading test will count for 10% of students' 1st-Quarter average.
  • Social Studies: AP Students Only Read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Find worksheet HERE. (Collected first week of school) 
  • Other: Suggested titles include works that may appear as part of the English course during the school year. These titles are recommended~ not required. Local libraries and bookstores received our required lists in May.

Suggested Reading List

  • Red Badge of Courage - Crane
  • An American Tragedy - Dreiser
  • The Crucible - Miller
  • Our Town - Wilder
  • Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck
  • As I Lay Dying - Faulkner
  • Winesburg, Ohio - Anderson
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway
  • The Scarlet Letter - Hawthorne
  • Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway
  • Ethan Frome - Wharton
  • Death of a Salesman - Miller
  • The Awakening - Cather
  • Raisin in the Sun - Hamsberry
  • Moby Dick - Melville
  • Walden/Civil Disobedience - Thoreau
  • Billy Budd - Melville

Sophomores

  • English Department: Read Ordinary People by Judith Guest (Test on Thursday, 9/11)
  • Mathematics Department: Completion of Mathematics Problem Booklet Collected first day of school, Tuesday, 9/2.
  • Science Department: Read The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley, 2009. Science instructor will adminster the exam in class on Friday, 9/5.
  • English summer reading test will count for 10% of students' 1st-Quarter average.
  • Other: Suggested titles include works that may appear as part of the English course during the school year. These titles are recommended, not required. Local libraries and bookstores received our required lists in May.

Suggested Reading List

  • Hiroshima - Hersey
  • Black Like Me - Griffin
  • Fiddler on the Roof - Stein
  • Antigone - Sophocles
  • Shoeless Joe - Kinselle
  • Deliverance - Dickey
  • Julius Caesar - Shakespeare
  • Animal Farm - Orwell
  • Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
  • 1984 - Orwell
  • Lord of the Flies - Golding
  • Brave New World - Huxley
  • Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
  • Alive - Read
  • Death Be Not Proud - Gunther
  • Silas Marner - Eliott
  • Separate Peace - Knowles
  • Les Miserables - Hugo
  • Connecticut Yankee in Les Miserables King Arthur's Court - Twain
  • Summer of '49 - Halberstam

Incoming Freshmen

  • English Department: Read The Contender by Robert Lipsyte (Test on Thursday 9/11).
  • Mathematics Department: Completion of Mathematics Problem Booklet Mathematical Connections (Collected first day of school)
  • Science Department: Read Animals on the Edge by Sandra Pobst and Todd K. Fuller.  Test will be given on Friday, 9/5.
  • Other: Suggested titles include works that may appear as part of the English course during the school year. These titles are recommended, not required. Local libraries and bookstores will receive our required lists in May.

Suggested Reading List

  • Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck
  • Oliver Twist - Dickens
  • The Pearl - Steinbeck
  • Flowers for Algernon - Keyes
  • Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
  • The Monkey's Paw - Jacobs
  • Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare
  • The Little Prince - St. Exupery
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee
  • The Good Earth - Buck
  • West Side Story - Shulman
  • Cheaper by the Dozen - Gilbrath/Carey
  • The Odyssey - Homer
  • Bullfinch's - Mythology
  • Great Expectations - Dickens

 

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