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Summer Reading
Posted on 05/26/2020
Summer ReadingEnglish I summer reading is Anthem by Ayn Rand, which will further students’ understanding of utopian and dystopian concepts. Students must read the book and complete the attached assignment. The attachment has guiding chapter questions that can be used on the test. Also on the attachment are various ways to access the book. To access the link to the summer reading assignment, students should be signed in to Google with their school account (email: [email protected] password: same one they use to get on their computer) The assignment cannot be accessed via a personal gmail account. If you get a message requiring you to request access, you need to sign in to your OCPS Google Mail account. Link to the Summer Reading assignment. *Hard copies can be found in the front office for those who do not have access to a computer or internet over the summer. 

English II  summer reading assignment is This is Our Story by Ashley Elston which will require students to cite strong and thorough evidence to solve a murder mystery. Students will be expected to be familiar with the key details of the text to complete the following culminating taskassignment*. A multiple choice summative assessment will be given upon return to school. *To access the link, students should be signed in to Google with their school account (email: [email protected] password: same one they use to get on their computer). The assignment cannot be accessed via a personal gmail account. If you get a message requiring you to request access, you need to sign in to your OCPS Google Mail account. 

English III English teachers have chosen the novel The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom as your summer reading in preparation for your junior year. Though the title suggests religious connections, that is not the case. This novel deals with the “idea” of Heaven, not any particular religious teachings. Here is a brief description from Amazon.com about the story: Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people. These people may have been loved ones or distant strangers. Yet each of them changed your path forever.
One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself. You may purchase the book on your own, check it out from a public library, or use this link to access a pdf of the entire text. http://www.mrfigs.com/uploads/3/4/7/1/34710192/5peopleyoumeetinheaven.pdf


English IV Dystopian literature is a genre of fictional writing used to explore social and political structures in 'a dark, nightmare world.' The term dystopia is defined as a society characterized by poverty, squalor or oppression and the theme is most commonly used in science fiction and speculative fiction genres. Please read all of the following dystopian titles and be prepared for an assignment upon return to school in the fall:

1) Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet by Margaret Atwood

2) 2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

3) Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut


Happy reading and have a great summer!

Note: For AP Classes Summer Reading Assignments, please see the Advanced Placement option on Canvas.