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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

Summer Assignments

2018 Summer Reading

Grades 10-12

There is a list of books for each grade level.  Please choose one book from the Humanities Book List and one book from the STEM Book List. 

Then, you will choose a different project (listed below) to accompany each book. Make sure you read the project description carefully so you know what is expected of you. Projects should be neat and aesthetically pleasing.  Please include the project number in the upper right hand corner of the completed project.

All projects are due in homeroom on Friday, September 7, 2018.



(Any project can be used with any book, though some projects may make less sense for certain books.  Use your judgement.)

Project 1: Create a timeline of events for the book of your choosing. The time line must be composed of at least 15 events.  Each event must be labeled and accompanied by a description of how the event was significant to the development of the characters or the development of the overall story.

Project 2: Create a detailed characterization of one main character and one supporting character.  Your character sketches should include a list of traits (physical characteristics, personality traits, motivations, actions, beliefs, etc.), each accompanied by an example from the text.

Project 3: Create a book of at least 3 original poems of varying styles, written from the perspective of one of the novel’s characters.  Your poems should tell us about the character’s experiences, lifestyle, beliefs, culture, and personality and must have a minimum of 10 lines.

Project 4: Some novels are written as social commentaries designed to highlight a societal concern.  Examine your novel as a social commentary and explain what you think your author is saying about society.  Then, find at least 3 current news articles that you think your author would find interesting and briefly explain your choices.

Project 5: Create an alternate ending to the novel.  Perhaps you were surprised or disappointed, or simply envisioned a different ending.  Be sure that the new ending is true to the themes and makes sense based on character motivations. Write that ending as if it you were the author and this ending is part of the book. This ending should be a minimum of 6 paragraphs and should flow with the story.




Grade 12 (Class of 2019)


Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discusses Why We Need Disease by Sharon Moalem

Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity by Sharon Moalem is also acceptable if the previous book by Moalem cannot be obtained


Grade 11 (Class of 2020)


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier


An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Martian by Andy Weir


Grade 10 (Class of 2021)


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens                                  

The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Shack by William P. Young 


Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren