Students at St. Joseph's Academy enrich their summer through required reading in both the English and social studies departments, the specific titles dependent upon the courses in which each student is enrolled for the upcoming school year.

Summer reading not only directly prepares students for the next phase of English and social studies course work, but it helps to keep their minds active and engaged during the summer months and reinforces the value of reading, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, novel, biography, or history. Reading is a primary way that we learn of the stories and broaden our understanding of the larger human family. Furthermore, the testing services continue to remind us that the main guarantee of success on college entrance tests is “reading, reading, reading.”

English Department Summer Reading List

The English Department of St. Joseph’s Academy requires students to read widely. Summer reading helps to prepare students for the next phase of literary studies while enhancing their appreciation of the written word. See below for specific assignments per course and/or teacher.

All summer reading books are available.

Social Studies Summer Reading List

Dear Students,
As we explore History and the other Social Sciences, we are really studying the “stories” of our human family. In this spirit, we encourage you to read stories as they are presented in novels, biographies, memoirs, and other written accounts. We have chosen the following books for the 2015-2016 Social Studies courses. Over the summer, choose one of the books listed for each of the courses in which you are registered and complete the assignment below. If you are registered for the course during the first semester, you assignment is due on the first full day of class, August 17. If you are registered for a course during the second semester, you assignment is due on January 4. Please check your schedule.

The Social Studies policy for assignments is as follows: Assignments and homework are due at the time of class unless otherwise directed. An assignment turned in after the class period and/or one day late will lose 25% of its value. An assignment turned in two or more days late will receive an F. An assignment will not be accepted after 1 week from the date it was due.

Choose one of the books listed for each of the courses in which you are registered. Then complete the assignment for that course as listed below.
SS603 & SS604
Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
I am Malala, Christian Lamb & Malala Yousafzai
SS615 & SS616
In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
SS628 & SS624
Nothing Daunted, Dorothy Wickenden
Things that They Carried, Tim O’Brien
Band of Brothers, Stephan Ambrose
Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw
SS630 Euro In the Garden of the Beast, Erick Larson
Iron Curtain, Anne Applebaum
SS632 Current Events  TBA
SS639/SS641 Psych
Riding the Bus with my Sister, Rachel Simon
Winter Girls, Laurie Halse Anderson
Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin
SS 634/SS635GOPO 
Mrs. Morgan will contact during the Fall semester in regards
To portions of your text-book to read and prepare for Spring.
SS648 Voices of Human Rights
The Locust Effect by Greg Haugen/Victor Boutros 
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