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Dear Student and Parents:

The purpose of this letter is to explain the Summer Reading Program of the English Department of King/Drew Magnet High School, a requirement for all K/D students.  Our staff is committed to preparing students for the rigors and competition of college and university admissions and, later, of scholarly writing. Additionally, we want to ensure that our students meet the California Reading/Language Arts Standards which require them to read two million words annually by their senior year in high school. Summer reading also serves as an excellent vocabulary and reading improvement program that helps students become better writers and test takers, according to the research of a nationally recognized scholar, Dr. Stephen Krashen of USC.

Ninth grade students will read the novel speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and the autobiography Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson. All ninth graders who participate in the Summer Bridge Program will be issued a copy of speak in their English classes. Students who do not attend Summer Bridge must obtain copies of both books for themselves. Students in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades who are enrolled in our college-prep English classes must read two books: the Core title and one from the longer list. Students enrolled in Honors and Advanced Placement English must read three books: the Core title, the designated (AP) Core title, and one from the longer list.

The core books were chosen for challenging content, stylistic qualities, and entertainment value. They were selected by grade level teachers to support the thematic purposes of their classes. All students will complete assignments based on the summer reading which will count for ten per cent of the first semester grade for English in every teacher’s classroom. These assignments include the "One Pager"a one page analytical and creative response (one for each book), due the first week of school, and an essay, which will be assigned during the opening weeks of the school. (Note: All students should have finished reading their books an creating the One Pagers before school starts!)

To avoid costs, you might prefer to borrow books from the public library. Otherwise they may be purchased at most bookstores, such as Borders, Barnes & Noble, or on-line at Amazon.com. You may also purchase them at a special discount for K/D students at Esowon Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd. in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA. 90008. Phone: 323-290-1048

Parents, please read the directions for the one page assignment (the "One Pager") on the reverse side of the reading list with your son or daughter so they are aware of the requirements. In addition, kindly sign at the bottom of this letter to confirm that you and your child have reviewed these materials. We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to an exciting and successful school year for our K/D students.

Y. Hutchinson and S. Segal, Co-Chairs

King/Drew English Department

June 1, 2007

 

 

Student ____________________________ Parent__________________________

Caution: All reading should be completed before school begins.

 

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