2018 Summer Reading Program

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 selections for this summer are Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie (1997) and The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003).  Tuesdays with Morrie is a collection of Albom's reflections on the time he spent with a former professor who was dying of ALS and on the words of wisdom that his old friend imparted to him during their Tuesdays meetings.  The Five People You Meet in Heaven follows a character as he passes from this life into the afterlife and, with the help of five people, learns the value of his decisions in life and the people around him.  Both selections are quick reads with lasting life lessons and questions.  Reading either the non-fiction or fiction selection will provide a wealth of tips for finding value in life each and every day. 

Because of their popularity, print copies of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven are available through most books stores, public libraries, and online distributors, such as Amazon.com.  These books also can 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 is acceptable. 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 2018-2019 school year, he must...

Phoenix and De La Salle Extra Credit

1.
participate at least four times on the 2018 Summer Reading Program Discussion Board by no later than Tuesday, September 4. Directions for participation can be found in postings on the Padlet discussion board found here

2. 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 Tuesday, September 4.

3. 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). 

4. 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.  
Academy Program Mandatory Assignment

1. participate at least four times on the 2018 Summer Reading Program Discussion Board by no later than Monday, August 20. Directions for participation can be found in postings on the Padlet discussion board found here

2. 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 Monday, August 20.

3.
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.