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6/24/2015 - Summer Reading Requirements

List All student have received the suggested summer reading list for 2015.  Canton Public Library has copies of all the titles, and the list has been shared with Barnes and Noble.  To access the reading list, please click here.  Happy reading!

Also, read on for a handout from the High School English Department on an assignment due on Friday, August 28th.  They also provide some guidance and summer reading hints in order to help you complete the assignment!


Summer Reading 2015

Canton High School Students,

Did you know that reading is good for you?!  A recent New York Times article cited studies showing that students who do not read over the summer start the school year about two months behind where they were at the end of the previous year.  In addition, research shows that being literate is closely linked to your ability to access power and negotiate the world around you.

What can you do to stay competitive in the 21st century? Read, read, and read!

You are responsible to read one book from CHS Summer Reading List according to the grade you will be entering in the fall.  Choose either a work of fiction or nonfiction.  Complete the one-pager assignment below. Your English teacher will collect it on Friday, August 28th.

Don’t do the summer slide. Read! Read more than the one assigned book.

We wish you a great summer and happy reading!

The Canton High School English Department


Summer Reading Response – One-Pager

What is a one-pager?

  • A one pager is a single-page response to your reading designed to help you connect to the reading with your unique understanding. A one-pager encourages you to be creative and experimental by responding imaginatively and honestly. It is also a way to be brief and compressed.

  • The purpose of a one-pager is to own what you are reading. We learn best when we can create our own patterns.

  • A one-pager connects the verbal and the visual; it connects the ideas in what you read to your thoughts. It connects words and images. The one-pager becomes a metaphor for the reading you have done.

  • What to include:

  • Use a blank piece of 8 ½” x 11” paper lined or unlined.  Write (legibly) or type.  Use different colors if you want. Be expressive in your communication and neat in your presentation.  _______/10

  • Choose a key scene or one quotation (paraphrase if you don’t have the book handy) that you think is significant.  Explain why you think it is important or interesting in the context of the story. Then use the ideas derived from the scene and/or quotation to explore your own ideas about or connections to the story. Make a personal statement about what you have read.  ______/30

  • Create a visual image, either drawn or cut from magazines, to illustrate or respond to the key scene or quotation you think is significant.  Provide a brief caption explaining the illustration. _______/20

  • Write two “thinking” questions about the reading and answer them. ________/20

  • If you’ve read a work of fiction:  Identify the central theme of the novel.  What is the author saying about the human condition?  If you’ve read a work of nonfiction:  Identify the central issue the text explores and explain the author’s claim or position on that issue.   ________/20

    What not to do:

    • Don’t merely summarize.

    • Don’t think a half a page will do—make it rich with quotes and images.

    • Don’t make it more than the front of one page