2017 Summer Reading Program
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The Saint Patrick Summer Reading Program has been designed to connect students with an engaging, entertaining, and enriching reading experience. Encouraging our students to read is one of the many ways the English Department prepares our students for academic excellence.

Participation in the Summer Reading Program is mandatory for all honors/AP/PACC English courses, but it is optional for all CP and PX English courses. All students participating in the program are required to complete certain tasks in order to earn credit in their English courses during the first semester.

The book selection for this summer is Ernest Hemingway's 1952 novella, The Old Man and the Sea, a book that helped Hemingway win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.  The book tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman attempting to catch a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. The short length of this novella lures readers in, and Hemingway’s simple writing style keeps readers hooked until the end.

Because of its popularity, print copies of The Old Man and the Sea should be readily available through most books stores, public libraries, and online distributors such as Amazon.com.  This book can also be purchased in digital formats for the iPad, sometimes at a reduced price as compared to a print copy. Some library apps, such as Axis360, may also loan the book for free. Any unabridged edition can be used. Acquire your book early so that your reading is finished by the due dates.

In order for a student to earn credit during his first semester of his English course for the 2017-2018 school year, he must...

Phoenix/College Prep Extra Credit

1. enroll in the 2017
Summer Reading Program Discussion Board (found through the "Discussion" link on the left side of this page) by no later than Friday, August 25.  This Google Group will serve as a discussion area for students and teachers to discuss topics pertinent to The Old Man and the Sea.

2. participate at least twice on the 2017
Summer Reading Program Discussion Board by no later than Friday, September 1. Directions for participation can be found in postings on the Google Group discussion board.

3. complete one of the projects found on the projects page
(found through the "Project Descriptions" link on the left side of this page).  This project must be completed and submitted to the student’s English teacher by no later than Friday, September 8.

4. attend at least one of the face-to-face discussion groups on campus during the summer (optional, but necessary to earn the full extra credit value). 

5. present his project to his English teacher and classmates at a time scheduled by the teacher.

For grading procedures, see the "Rubric for Extra Credit Option" link on the left side of this page.  
Honors Mandatory Assignment

1. enroll in the 2017 Summer Reading Program Discussion Board (found through the "Discussion" link on the left side of this page) by no later than Friday, August 25.  This Google Group will serve as a discussion area for students and teachers to discuss topics pertinent to The Old Man and the Sea.

2. participate at least twice on the 2017
Summer Reading Program Discussion Board by no later than Friday, August 25. Directions for participation can be found in postings on the Google Group discussion board.

3. complete one of the available projects found on the projects page
(found through the "Project Descriptions" link on the left side of this page).  This project must be completed and submitted to the student’s English teacher by no later than Friday, August 25.

4.
present his project to his English teacher and classmates at a time scheduled by the teacher.

Honors students who attend at least one of the face-to-face discussion groups on campus during the summer can earn extra credit points that will be added to their grade for their summer reading assignments. 

For grading procedures, see the "Rubric for Honors/AP/PACC Assignment" link on the left side of this page.