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Summer Reading and Writing 2016

To encourage a love of reading, to have you select appropriately challenging books, and to appeal to your interests, the Hanover High School English Department is requiring that students in the classes of 2018, 2019, & 2020 select two (2) books to read over the summer.

Students in the class of 2017 must read one (1) book and write a complete, working draft of an essay that addresses one of the prompts off of The Common Application.

The books can be fiction or non-fiction and should be something you are eager to read—what you select is up to you. If you are thinking of taking the Advanced Placement

English Literature and Composition test, you might want to select a work off the list of commonly appearing titles (see http://mseffie.com/AP/APtitles.html). Conversely, if you enjoy
history, music, or sports, you should select a work that investigates those topics. Read for reading’s sake, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

When school begins after summer vacation, you will complete an assessment, worth no more than a quiz grade, designed by your teacher for the class in which you are enrolled. Your
summer reading may also be used on additional assignments later in the course. An exception to this expectation may occur in honors literature classes, which may have their own summer reading requirement. If you are enrolled in an honors class, you should contact your teacher for

Seniors, please use the opportunity to get started on the college essay process. Your teacher in the fall will afford you opportunities to solicit feedback on the essay before October 15, either during class, an X period, or some other mutually convenient time. The more thought and effort you can give this task in advance, the easier the process will go for you. The 2016- 2017 Common Application essay prompts are:

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no
matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Enjoy your summer and your summer reading and writing!

-The Hanover High School English Department