Summer Reading 2018-19

At Pomfret School we believe that reading offers rare pleasures and important opportunities for learning. Reading is a life-long, empowering, and enjoyable pursuit, and the skills required to be a proficient reader must be practiced. To that end, Pomfret School students should learn to derive pleasure and joy from reading outside of the assigned curriculum.

In books we travel, meet real and imagined people, and learn to see others more clearly, and—through them—ourselves. In the words of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, nothing quite matches “the love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.”

Our hope is that you will make reading a habit this summer. Read every day, if you can—in a favorite chair, waiting for a plane (or in it), or idling under a tree or on a beach. Although we expect you to read at least two books this summer, we trust you will seek and read more that appeal to you.

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Summer Reading - General Format

1. School-wide read, by Form

This summer, each Pomfret School form (grade level) will share a common "summer reading" assignment. The goal of this shared read is to rally each form around a common experience and unifying theme.

2. The Great American Read project

In addition to the common assignment, students will select one text from the 100 titles listed in The Great American Read project. Students may select from any genre or title unless noted below.

Students can expect that the book/resources selected will serve as an important reference point throughout the fall term, and students should return to campus with a thorough understanding of the selection. Reflection prompts and submission instructions for each Form Read and Great American Read can be found below ... read on!

2018 Summer Reading Form Selections

Form III (9th Grade): Humanities I

Form III - Part 1

Watch the TED Talk by Ken Robinson called Do Schools Kill Creativity? ;

Read the NY Times article by Paul Tough What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?;

Produce: Compose a single paragraph that contains your reactions to both the TED Talk and the NY Times piece. The paragraph should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than a page in length. It is to be a polished piece of academic writing. Bring this reflection to class on day one.

Form III - Part 2

Great American Read Project. Choose one text from the list of America's 100 favorite reads; read your selection and annotate your book. Here is a brief guide to annotating a text, one of many you might use as you learn to annotate your selection. You will write on this text on the first day of class, so come prepared.

Form IV (10th Grade): Humanities II

Form IV - Part 1

Watch the YouTube video “Characteristics of Coming of Age Stories”;

Read the contemporary novel Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng;

Produce: Complete Four Study Guides to prepare for an in-class writing assignment at the start of the term (see assignment details below).

Form IV - Part 2

  • Great American Read Project. Choose one text from the list of America's 100 favorite reads; read your selection and annotate your book. Here is a brief guide to annotating a text, one of many you might use as you learn to annotate your selection. You will film a short book review about the novel and share it with your teacher - see details below.
Humanities II_Summer 2018_Assignment #1
FilmBookReview_Summer 2018_Assignment #2

Form V (11th Grade): English III and Advanced English III

Form V - Part 1

Watch the YouTube video “Characteristics of Coming of Age Stories”;

Read the memoir Black Ice, by Lorene Cary;

Produce: Complete Five Study Guides to prepare for an in-class writing assignment at the start of the term (see assignment details below).

Form V - Part 2

  • Great American Read Project. Choose one text from the list of America's 100 favorite reads; read your selection and annotate your book. Here is a brief guide to annotating a text, one of many you might use as you learn to annotate your selection. You will film a short book review about the novel and share it with your teacher - see details below. Juniors should not choose The Great Gatsby as this novel will be taught during the year.
English III_Summer 2018_Assignment #1
FilmBookReview_Summer 2018_Assignment #2

Form VI (12th Grade) and PG:

Eng IV: Intensive Writing and Advanced English IV

Form VI - Part 1

Read and Annotate Tobias Wolff’s classic novel Old School;

Form VI - Part 2

  • Great American Read Project. Choose one text from the list of America's 100 favorite reads; read your selection and annotate your book. Here is a brief guide to annotating a text, one of many you might use as you learn to annotate your selection. You will write on this text on the first day of class

Required Work for Advanced Courses

A number of Advanced courses expect students to complete an additional read or a modest amount of pre-work during the summer. Please follow the specific course guidelines listed on the Advanced Courses page.

Note: Although we hope students will read extensively over the summer, no student is required to read more than a total of five books. Those students taking three or more Advanced courses may substitute required Advanced work for the Great American Read Project book. However, the form read is mandatory regardless of a student's summer academic load.