Summer Humanities Reading
Summer Reading: To be completed in the latter part of summer, before school starts.
Over the summer, all Metro-Arts high school students are required to read the summer reading selection assigned to their incoming grade. When school begins on July 30th, 2018, students must have completed the reading selection and be prepared to discuss the novel in class. The summer reading provides a starting point for our curriculum when we resume school, and having read the summer reading book allows us to delve right into discussion and meaningful assignments. Please plan to bring the book to school with you in the first week.
You do not need to worry about understanding all the nuances of the novel or all the themes and literary elements; we will be discussing that in class. You just need to read for comprehension and be ready to discuss the story plot. Make notes in your book where it is helpful in order to assist you in remembering thoughts or ideas you had while reading, and to be prepared for discussion when school begins.
If you have any questions regarding the summer reading assignment, please contact Humanities Department Head Tara Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incoming Freshmen: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
Incoming Sophomores: Dove by Robin L. Graham
In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter and enough extraordinary experiences to fill this bestselling book, Dove.
Incoming Juniors: Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories by Simon J Ortiz
When Faustin, the old Acoma, is given his first television set, he considers it a technical wonder, a box full of mystery. What he sees on its screen that first day, however, is even more startling than the television itself: men have landed on the moon. Can this be real? For Simon Ortiz, Faustin's reaction proves that tales of ordinary occurrences can truly touch the heart. "For me," he observes, "there's never been a conscious moment without story."
True to Native American tradition, these tales possess the immediacy—and intimacy—of stories conveyed orally. They are drawn from Ortiz's Acoma Pueblo experience but focus on situations common to Native people, whether living on the land or in cities, and on the issues that affect their lives. We meet Jimmo, a young boy learning that his father is being hunted for murder, and Kaiser, the draft refuser who always wears the suit he was given when he left prison. We also meet some curious Anglos: radicals supporting Indian causes, scholars studying Indian ways, and San Francisco hippies who want to become Indians too.
Incoming Seniors: The Iron Heel by Jack London
Without a doubt, London's finest and most interesting novel. It is set in a dystopian future America, which has evolved into a fascist tyranny, ruthlessly crushing dissent and opposition. As relevant today, perhaps more so, than when it was first written.