TOGETHER WE READ, TOGETHER WE SUCCEED
Virgin Islands Department of Education
St. Croix District Summer Reading List
For Students Entering Grade 9
The Virgin Islands Department of Education views reading as a powerful tool for thinking and learning. It
recognizes reading as an integral part of a total English language arts program. The major goal of reading is
to develop strategic readers, who construct meaning from print, apply strategies to learn from text, and
develop an interest in reading as a life-long enjoyment. Research strongly suggests that reading, like most
skills, improve with practice and decreases when not engaged in for long periods of time. The St. Croix
District endorses student reading during the summer and urges the use of the suggested list.
Ninth Grade Reading List
For students enrolled in English 9, select two of the following novels.
For students enrolled in English 9 Honors, select two novels from the following list.
I Heard the Owl Call My Name Margret Craven
The Terminal Man Michael Crichton
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Bradshaw
The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Go Tell It On the Mountain James Baldwin*
Students may choose to use the graphic organizers to guide their reading and focus their
thinking. The following list will be helpful to the student for understanding the novel(s):
(1) Take notes on the novels. Make a chart of the characters, the role each serves, and the effect
he/she/it has on the other characters.
(2) Find one or two character traits that describe the characters and select quotations from
the story that illustrate the character trait.
(3) Make a list of plot events that build to the climax of the novel.
(4) List the literary devices that the author uses in the story including a statement of the
theme; find one or two quotations from the novel to support the theme.
** Some Book titles are available at the public libraries or can be purchased by students at Amazon.Com,
Borders.Com, Barnes and Noble.Com and local bookstores. Each assignment will count as one graded
assignment. Assignments should be completed by September 16, 2008.
characterization: the sort of personality a character displays; also the means by which the author
reveals these characteristics.
climax: the crisis or turning point in a play or story: the point of greatest intensity or interest.
conflict: a clash of purposes or viewpoints in a story, a novel, and especially in a play. Usually the
whole action of a play is built up from a basic conflict.
figure of speech: a device that permits an author to say one thing and mean another.
foreshadow: to suggest what will come later in a story, novel, or play by means of hints or by
showing events of similar nature.
image: a picture aroused in the mind; words that summon up the picture or that appeal to any of the
imagery: the words or phrases that summon up the picture in the mind.
metaphor: a figure of speech that suggests a resemblance between two different things without
using any word of comparison( such as like or as). Two examples: “laughing daffodils” and “The ship
plowed through the waves.”
motive: the reasons, either revealed or hidden, for a character acting as he does.
pathos: a feeling of sympathetic pity, also the qualities in a literary work that cause such a feeling
plot: everything that happens in a story, novel, or play.
point of view: the vantage point from which a story or novel is told. A work of fiction may use a
first-person point of view told by one of the characters ("I locked the door and went up the stairs.") or
it may be told from a third-person point of view ("He locked the doors and went up the stairs.)
romanticism: romanticism favors the imagination, the emotions and individual originality.
setting: the place and time of a story, poem, novel, or play.
simile: a comparison between two things in which a word of comparison (such as like or as is used).
style: the manner of writing rather than the content (how rather than what is said); an author's
characteristic way of writing, which is determined by his choice of words, his arrangement of words in
sentences, and the relationship of the sentences to each other.
symbol: something specific that is used to stand for an idea. A literary symbol, for example, may be a
thing (an old tower) or an action (climbing stairs), and is so used that it becomes highly suggestive.
(Climbing stairs, for example, may symbolize the struggle to gain wisdom.)
theme: the underlying idea or ideas of a literary work.
tone: the attitude of the author as this attitude is revealed through his written words.
total effect: the final, overall impression that a story, novel, poem, or play leaves on the reader .
Graphic Organizer #1
Book Title _____________________ Author ______________________
Literary Devices Used in the Text
1. ______________________ 6. ____________________
2. ______________________ 7. ____________________
3. ______________________ 8. ____________________
4. ______________________ 9. ____________________
5. ______________________ 10. ___________________
Theme of the Novel
Remember to use quotations to support the theme (include page numbers!)