2009 Summer Reading Parent Letter

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					                           Christian Unified Schools of San Diego
                     2100 Greenfield Drive • El Cajon, CA 92019 • (619) 440-1531 • Fax (619) 590-1717
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                                            Summer Reading Program
                                                  Grades 7-12

        At Christian Unified Schools, we strive to teach students to think, learn, and live from a Biblical worldview. Part
of shaping students’ worldview is teaching them how to read quality literature and critically consider it. As you know, the
essential work of helping students define their worldview does not stop during the summer months. For this reason we
have instituted a Summer Reading requirement.
         Below, the requirements for this summer’s reading program are outlined. Included in this packet is all the
information you will need to be successful this summer. In addition, these forms have also been placed on our website.
You may access them by visiting us at www.christianunified.org and clicking on the Junior High or High School links at
the top of the page, and then on the Summer Reading link to the left.
Step one:
        Have your child read the book assigned to the grade level he/she is entering. Please note incoming 11th graders are
        required to read two novellas (shorter novels). All required books for students entering grades 7-12 are listed on
        the REQUIRED READING LIST.
Step two:
        Have your child choose and read at least one additional book from the APPROVED READING LIST.
Step three:
        Complete the PARENT SIGNATURE PAGE, which verifies that your student read the required amount of
        literature this summer.
Step four:
        Complete the Additional Summer Reading Log for all additional items that your child reads which are beyond the
        Approved or Required Lists. This could include additional books, magazines, periodicals, etc.
Step five:
         Have your student return the PARENT SIGNATURE PAGE to his/her English teacher on Tuesday, August 18,
         2009. The English teacher will take note of whether or not your child has read books from the required and
         approved lists. A percentage of your child’s Outside Reading grade will be based upon completion of Summer
         Reading.
NOTE: All students placed in Advanced, Honors, or AP English next year will complete the reading requirements in the
Advanced, Honors, or AP summer packet instead of those requirements listed on the Required Reading List included in
this mailing. Students who are placed in Advanced, Honors, or AP English classes will receive notification the second
week in June. Advanced, Honors, or AP students are to complete their summer work packet prior to their first English
class on August 18, 2009. (The first day of school is August 17th.)
Summer Reading is an opportunity for students to read fine literature, keep their skills sharp, and prepare for the
coursework they will face in the upcoming school year. We appreciate your support of Summer Reading, which is vital to
the life of our District. If you have further questions regarding Summer Reading, please feel free to contact Heather
Lewis, Vice Principal, at (619) 590-8833 or by email at hlewis@christianunified.org.
                                                                    Sincerely,




                                                                    Scott Meadows, Principal




      Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International
         CJHS/CHS SUMMER READING: REQUIRED READING LIST

The books on this list are required reading for students entering the noted grade. They have been
chosen by the instructors and will prepare students for coursework they will face during the
2009-2010 school year.
Each book is accompanied by an annotation giving a brief synopsis of the book.
Incoming 12th graders
       The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
       Dr. Henry Jekyll concocts and drinks a chemical potion in an attempt to separate his dual
       nature of good and evil and learns the terrible consequences of such an endeavor.
Incoming 11th graders
PLEASE NOTE: Incoming 11th graders are required to read two, smaller novellas rather than
one, larger novel.
       The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
       Santiago fishes alone and catches an enormous marlin, but, when sharks destroy it and
       hence his profit, he concludes that he went out too far without help.
       The Pearl by John Steinbeck
       This long story (or short novel) follows five momentous days in the life of an Indian pearl
       diver living in La Paz, a small port on the Gulf of California. It is rich with themes,
       showing Kino’s perspective as he suffers the gratuitous trials of an innocent tragic hero.
Incoming 10th graders
       Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
       The story of Uncle Tom attacks the cruelty of slavery, showing a God-fearing, obedient
       slave being mistreated and abused.
Incoming 9th graders
       Watership Down, by Richard Adams
       The epic novel of a group of adventurers who desert their doomed city, and venture forth against
       all odds on a quest for a new home, a sturdier future.
Incoming 8th graders
       The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
       Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, a Swiss family—father, mother, and four sons—
       leads an adventurous, Robinson Crusoe-like life as they struggle to survive and create a
       new home by using the resources available and their own ingenuity.
Incoming 7th graders
       The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
       Eight of the short stories in the two books feature Mowgli, an Indian boy who was lost in
       the jungles of Central India as an infant and raised by a pack of wolves. Mowgli and his
       animal friends embody the virtues Kipling most admired: courage, self-reliance, loyalty,
       and an instinctive trust in the goodness of nature. There are also miscellaneous stories and
       poems about wild and domesticated animals in India and the Far North.
               CJHS/CHS SUMMER READING: APPROVED READING LIST

        In addition to the required reading for each grade level, each student is required to read at least
one title from this list.
         The books on this list have been chosen with the following criteria in mind: general recognition
of literary quality, content and moral value, authorship, gender and age interest, accessibility, diversity of
genre, and variety of subjects.
       The list is divided into three reading ability levels, with Level I being the easiest and Level III
being the most challenging literature. Students may choose from any of the three levels.
        Each title is followed by an annotation, along with an interest level. A book recommended for
ages 12 and up would appeal to a broad age range and probably offer little or no controversial themes.
Titles recommended for ages 15 to 18 are written for a more mature audience. Many highly acclaimed
novels are valuable for study and will be appreciated, understood, and analyzed more readily by an older
student.
        CUSSD’s beliefs and standards of conduct are Biblically-based and clearly stated and taught.
We realize, though, that many of these books have been written by non-Christian authors and that both
classical and modern writers often present a hopeless view of mankind through their realism,
determinism, or naturalism. Our aim is to suggest highly acclaimed classic and /or popular novels and
non-fiction to students mature enough to analyze, compare, and evaluate the literature and the author’s
intent. Our hope is that the student and parent will jointly choose titles that will meet the student’s
interest, maturity, and reading ability.

                                                     Level I
Eric Liddell: Something Greater than Gold, Geoff and Janet Benge
        The inspirational true story of The Chariots of Fire hero who decided his faith was more important than
        winning a gold medal. Ages 12 and up.
A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
         Sara’s quick imagination and loving heart help her to endure social poverty after having lived like a
         princess at a rich boarding school in England during the 1800’s. Ages 12 and up.
The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
       After a tragic ship accident, the boy Alex and the Black stallion establish a bond of trust and friendship
       while stranded on a deserted island together. Ages 10 and up.
       Christy Miller (one book from series), by Robin Jones Gunn
       Girls and adults have loved this series, which follows Christy from age 14, when she makes a Summer
       Promise to follow Jesus, through age 18, when she graduates from high school. Ages 12 and up.
Danger in the Shadows, by Dee Henderson
       Sara's been hidden away in the witness protection program, and her safety is dependent on staying
       invisible. Loving famous football star Adam Black could get her killed. This suspense thriller is fast-
       paced and well-written. Ages 15-18.
The Swan House, by Elizabeth Musser
      A well-depicted story of race-relations, mental illness, and Christian service, as seen through the eyes of
      16-year-old Mary Swan growing up in 1960’s Atlanta. Ages 15-18.
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
       After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive
       initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother. He also learns to survive his parents’
       divorce. Ages 12 and up.
The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers
       Set in the 1850’s in the Great Smokey Mountains, this well-researched and presented story is told through
       the eyes of eleven-year-old Cadi, who goes on a quest to find the sin eater, her only hope of relieving her
       great burden of guilt and of finding God’s forgiveness. Ages 15-18.
Holes, by Louis Sachar
        It doesn’t take Stanley Yelnats long to realize that there’s a lot more going on at Camp Greenlake than
        character development in this delightfully humorous, yet masterful tale. Ages 12 and up.
Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
        As a fine and gentle horse goes from one master to another, readers learn the story of his life in
        nineteenth-century England, as told in first person narrative. Ages 10 and up.
Baseball in April and Other Stories, by Gary Soto
       In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes – love and
       friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling upon his own experiences of growing up
       in California’s Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joy and pain of young people everywhere.
       Ages 12 and up.
A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks
       In 1958, the last person popular Landon Carter thought he would fall in love with during his last year at
       Beaufort High was quiet, Bible-carrying Jaime Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.
       Ages 15 to 18.
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
        The goats and the grandfather are Heidi’s only happiness when she is sent from her mountain home to a
        big city to go to school and to be a companion for a wealthy, gentle girl who cannot walk. Ages 10 and
        up.
Treasures of the Snow, by Patricia St. John
       A beautifully written, engaging story that captures the innocence of childhood and the healing power of
       repentance and forgiveness between two school-age children. Ages 10 and up.
The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom
       Corrie’s true account of her amazing family’s experiences during the German occupation of Holland
       reveals her indomitable Christian faith. Ages 12 and up.

                                                       Level II
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
        This story chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in
        nineteenth-century New England during the Civil War. Ages 12 and up.
Every Young Man’s Battle, by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker
       The authors examine the standard of Ephesians 5:3 -- “there must not be even a hint of sexual
       immorality” – in a positive and sensitive light. And they explain how an authentic, vibrant relationship
       with Jesus Christ is the key to victory over temptation. Ages 13 and up.
The Citadel, by A.J. Cronin
       Written by a doctor, this fascinating story of a young Scottish doctor’s life in 1920’s Wales shows how the
       lure of worldly success can subtly lead to character changes and heartbreak. Ages 15-18.
The Strange Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
       An Englishman’s great resourcefulness enables him to survive for almost thirty years on the desert island
       where he is shipwrecked. Ages 12 and up.
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
       In the great English estate of which she is the new mistress, Maxim de Winter’s young and frightened
       second wife gradually realizes that a mystery surrounds the death of Rebecca, the glamorous former
       mistress, who has been dead for eight months. Ages 12 and up.
Passion & Purity, by Elisabeth Elliot
       This moving love story gives honest direction in such areas as loving passionately while remaining
       sexually pure, putting God’s desires ahead of personal desires, and how far is too far, physically. Ages 13
       and up.
Every Young Woman’s Battle, Shannon Ethridge and Stephen Arterburn
        Whether you have so far protected yourself emotionally and sexually, feel that you have been robbed of
        your purity, or have given in to temptation in some way, this book can help you achieve or reclaim sexual
        integrity. Ages 13 and up.
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, by Richard Foster
        This warm, compelling, and sensitive primer on prayer helps us to understand, experience, and practice it
        in its many forms – from the simple prayer of beginning again to unceasing prayer. He clarifies the
        prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation,
        healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest. Ages 13-18.
Christy, by Catherine Marshall
        Christy finds her faith severely challenged when, at the age of 19, she goes to teach in an impoverished
        area of the Smokey Mountains. She comes to love the wild mountain people with their dark superstitions
        and fierce pride. Ages 15-18.
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
       Follow Anne through her escapades of learning what it is like to be wanted and loved by parents, finding
       her place in a strange school, and finally getting to have a bosom buddy...someone she can truly call a
       friend and share life's ups and downs with. Ages 12 and up.
My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara
       Over the course of one magical summer, Ken learns the meaning of responsibility, courage, and
       friendship as he seeks to secretly tame the wild filly Flicka. Ages 12 and up.
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
        The horror and destructiveness of war causes a group of native young German soldiers to lose their
        illusions and their lives. Ages 15-18
In His Steps, by Charles M. Sheldon
        In this timeless classic, the reader is challenged to consider the question "What Would Jesus Do?" in
        every decision in life. It tells the story of different characters in a small church whose lives began to
        radically change after taking this pledge for one year in 1896. Ages 12 and up.
The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck
       This is the story of four episodes in the life of Jody, a boy on a California ranch. Ages. 12 and up.
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
       While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of an inn
       and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger. Ages 12 and up.
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
      Bilbo Baggins, a well-to-do Hobbit, lives happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard
      grants his wish. Ages 12 and up.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
      A fervent believer in individual freedom, Twain uses Hank, a Yankee shop foreman who travels twelve
      centuries into the past to Camelot and Arthur's court, to voice his (Twain’s) disdain of Britain's royalty.
      Ages 12 and up.
                                                       Level III

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis
       After more than 500 years of popularity, this classic treasure on prayer, devotion, and communion still
       aids believers in cultivating the riches of the inner life with God. Ages 15-18.
Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
       In the first volume of this science fiction trilogy, we meet Hari Seldon for the first time, get slightly
       acquainted with his mathematical science of psychohistory, and learn what he's done to keep the decline
       of the Galactic Empire from leading humanity into 30,000 years of barbarism. Ages 15-18.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
       The story of Uncle Tom attacks the cruelty of slavery, showing a God-fearing, obedient slave being
       mistreated and abused. Ages 15-18.
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
       In this gothic romance, protagonist and narrator Jane is an intelligent, honest, and independent young girl
       forced to contend with oppression, inequality, and hardship. Ages 15-18.
Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes
      An idealistic country gentleman and his shrewd squire set out, like knights of old, to search for adventure
      and to right wrongs. Ages 15-18.
The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
       Set in pre-Revolutionary times, this story tells of the Indians caught in the struggle of Europeans for the
       North American continent. Ages 15-18.
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
       His sad boyhood, his youth at school, his adventures in the business world, and his happy marriage make
       up the life of David Copperfield and present a picture of 19th-century England. Ages 12 and up.
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
       Through the gripping events of this murder mystery involving three brothers and their father, the whole of
       Russian life is portrayed in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.
       Ages 15-18.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
      Sherlock Holmes must solve the mystery of a marauding hound of hell who pursues the Baskerville
      lineage on the lonesome moors of Devonshire, England, late at night. Ages 12 and up.
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
       Edmund Dantes, unjustly imprisoned on his wedding day, expertly seeks revenge upon the families of his
       enemies after his incredible escape. A story of passion, loyalty, and the consequences of seeking
       vengeance. Ages 15 – 18.
Celebration of Discipline:The Path to Spiritual Growth, by Richard Foster
       This book on spiritual growth combines real originality with intellectual integrity. Steeped in the
       devotional classics, the author has produced a careful study that may be valued for a long time. Ages
       15-18.
All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot
        Enjoy the gentle wit and wisdom of Herriot’s entertaining yet true stories as he narrates his often unusual
        work as a veterinarian in the Yorkshire countryside. Ages 15-18.
Mere Christianity, by Clive Staples Lewis
      One of the most popular and beloved introductions to Christian faith ever written, this book provides a
      powerful, rational case by an intellectual giant of the 20th-century. Ages 15-18
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
      Seeing the great white whale, Moby Dick, as a symbol of evil, Captain Ahab sets out to pursue and
      destroy it. Ages 15-18.
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
      Spoiled southern belle Scarlet O’Hara learns many life lessons as she and her loved ones brave the
      ravages of the Civil War. Ages 15-18.
1984, by George Orwell
        Depicting life under totalitarianism, this novel has been described as one of the most powerful
        commentaries on what life is like without freedom. Ages 15-18.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
       A romantic comedy, this play portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of
       actors, their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens and with fairies who inhabit the moonlit
       forest. Ages 15-18.
The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer
       The depth, clarity, and completeness of Tozer’s message has made this an enduring favorite for those
       seeking spiritual growth. Ages 15-18.
Summer Reading 2009
Additional Reading Log
Summer Reading 2009
Additional Reading Log
               CJHS/CHS SUMMER READING PARENT SIGNATURE PAGE

Dear Parent,

Please take note of your child’s reading progress throughout the summer. Ask questions, have
discussions, and/or read the assigned books along with your child. Afterwards, please complete the
following information and have your child return this form to his/her English teacher on August 18,
2009, which is the second day of school for students.

Many thanks,

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Christian Unified Schools
The English Department/Christian High School



Student Name: ________________________________________________________________

Grade level for 2009-2010: ______________________________________________________

Title of REQUIRED, grade-level book/s (two novellas are required for incoming 11th graders):
______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book/s during the
               (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                 Parent Signature                                   Date



Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the
               (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                 Parent Signature                                   Date
OPTIONAL:
If your child has completely read more than one book from the district’s APPROVED book list, please
document each additional book on this page. If additional pages are necessary, print this form from the
district’s website or make additional photocopies.

Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the
              (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                Parent Signature                                 Date


Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the
              (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                Parent Signature                                 Date


Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the
              (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                Parent Signature                                 Date


Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________
             (print parent name here)
I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                Parent Signature                                 Date


Title of additional required book (from APPROVED book list): ________________________________

I, _______________________________, certify that my child read the above-named book during the
              (print parent name here)

summer of 2009.

_____________________________________                  _________________
                Parent Signature                                 Date

				
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