May 15, 2019
Aloha e Nā Haumāna,
Our school year is quickly coming to an end and, for many of you, summer canʻt come fast enough! It is time to find and read a book or two or three. Your English teachers want your Summer Reading experience to:
- Celebrate reading
- Create a culture of reading
- Offer you choice
Look for book(s) that pique your interest or feeds your passion, which means, if you donʻt like a book, choose another. At least ONE needs to be read by the end of summer. Here are a couple of thoughts about the book to choose:
- Freshmen and sophomores, there is a list of a top 100+ suggested books on our department webpage: http://blogs.ksbe.edu/khsenglish/summer-reading/; choose any book from among this list.
- Juniors and seniors, you may choose ANY book of interest excluding:
- Those books that engage in inappropriate topics; please don’t embarrass your kumu and our school [NO Fifty Shades Freed]
And for those of you, who are struggling to find a book, pick one of the top five favorite books of your kumu—see our lists under our faculty pictures. Check out our department webpage: http://blogs.ksbe.edu/khsenglish/summer-reading/
Try getting your reading out of the way early! Here are five possible ways to complete your requirement before moving on to your next book:
- Write a letter back to the author expressing your opinions (“Rocked it” and/or “Hated it”) about the book they wrote.
- Write a short story explaining where you think the main character would be in 10 years.
- Choose two people or characters from two different novels (read during the summer) that you think would be great friends and explain why.
- If you choose to read a book that is also a movie, compare and contrast the book TO the movie. The Sun is Also a Star (May 17 release) was a #1 New York Times bestseller first—you decide if the book beats the movie.
- If you would prefer to wait until school starts, your kumu will provide an opportunity for you to share all about your chosen book.
Kumu Ka`imipono Kaiwi
English Department Head
*NOTE: Our Honors English program has not changed, since the Summer Reading is incorporated into the school year course.
AP English 11 Language and Composition(.pdf)
AP English 12 Literature and Composition: Comparative (Kumu Kaiwi)(.pdf)