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Honors English 1

Honors English 1

 

Required: Watership Down by Richard Adams (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)


Choose One Book to read from the following list:


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - includes adult themes which may be disturbing

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

To be Young, Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry

Trouble by Gary Schmidt

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

College Prep English 1

College Prep English 1

 

Required: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)


Choose One Book to read from the following list:


When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

Black Like Me by J. H. Griffin

Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Yearling by M. K. Rawlings

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Trouble by Gary Schmidt

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Fundamentals of English 1

Fundamentals of English 1

 

Required:  Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)

 

Honors American Literature

Honors American Literature


Required:  My Antonia by Willa Cather.  (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)


Choose TWO books to read from the following list; only one may be a play.

Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

The Scarlet Letter or The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (Includes adult themes which may be disturbing.)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines

The Last of the Mohicans – J. F. Cooper (for the advanced reader)

The Color of Water – James McBride

Peace Like a River – Leif Enger

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair (You may never eat meat again!)

College Prep American Literature

College Prep American Literature


Required: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)


Choose one book to read from the following list:


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Jim, the Boy by Tony Earley

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Introduction to American Literature

Introduction to American Literature

 

Required: Trouble by Gary Schmidt (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)

Honors British Literature

Honors British Literature

 

Required: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Purchase, read, bring to class.)


Choose TWO books to read from the following list: only one may be a play.


1984 by George Orwell

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

The Tragedy of Othello by William Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

The Elephant Man by Christine Sparks

College Prep British Literature

College Prep British Literature

 

Required: And Then There Were  None by Agatha Christie (Purchase, read, and bring  to class.)


Choose one book to read from the following list:


The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Grendel by John Gardner

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Dracula by Bram Stoker

1984 by George Orwell

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

English III Composition and Literature

English III Composition and Literature

 

Required: The Noticer by Andy Andrews (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)

A.P. English Literature and Composition

A.P. English Literature and Composition

 

Required: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

                 The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Purchase, read both, and bring to class.)


Choose TWO books to read from the following list; only one may be a play.

 

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Crime and Punishment by Theodore Dostoevsky

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

One Hundred Years of Solitude by G.G. Marquez

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Snow in August by Pete Hamill

Dual Credit HACC English

Dual Credit HACC English

 

Required: The Poisonwood Bible  by Barbara Kingsolver

The Things They Carried  by Tim O'Brien (Purchase, read both, and bring to class.)


Choose ONE book to read from the following list:


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirstad

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Honors Dramaturgy

Honors Dramaturgy

 

Required: Inherit the Wind by Lawrence and Lee, 2007 edition

    The Tempest by W. Shakespeare )Purchase, read both, and bring to class.)

College Prep English IV

College Prep English IV

 

Required: The Book Thief  by Marcus Zusak (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)

English IV Composition and Literature

English IV Composition and Literature

 

Required: The Noticer by Andy Andrews (Purchase, read, and bring to class.)

Honors Creative Writing Workshop

Honors Creative Writing Workshop

 

Required: On Writing by Stephen King

    The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Purchase both and bring to class.)

Honors Theology 2

Honors Theology 2: Sacred Scripture 

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Honors Theology 3

Summer Reading List Options

H Theology 3

Mrs Alton

Summer 2019

 

Directions:

  1. Read the book summaries below. Pick one for your summer reading.
  2. Each of the books on this list is about a journey to some kind of conversion. As you read, make a timeline of what you think are the significant events and people that contributed to the conversion of the author and/or main character. Your timeline just needs to be a draft. I will give more specific instructions for your final copy during the first week of class.
  3. Type 10 quotes from the book that you find noteworthy. Briefly explain their significance. Include the page number. Due Tuesday, Sept. 3 or Wednesday, Sept. 4, depending on if you have theology class on an A or B Day.
  4. Make note of any emotions, personal challenges, or experiences in the book that you find relatable. We will discuss this in class during the week of Sept. 2.
  5. Write an essay explaining how your book changed or enriched your perspective on religion/theology/faith. This essay must be typed. 250 word minimum. Include the title of your book in your heading. Due Tuesday, Sept. 3 or Wednesday, Sept. 4, depending on if you have theology class on an A or B Day.
 

*The following summaries are taken from Amazon.com

 
  • Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler, 2014
    • Jennifer Fulwiler told herself she was happy. Why wouldn't she be? She made good money as a programmer at a hot tech start-up, had just married a guy with a stack of Ivy League degrees, and lived in a twenty-first-floor condo where she could sip sauvignon blanc while watching the sun set behind the hills of Austin. Raised in a happy, atheist home, Jennifer had the freedom to think for herself and play by her own rules. Yet a creeping darkness followed her all of her life. Finally, one winter night, it drove her to the edge of her balcony, making her ask once and for all why anything mattered. At that moment everything she knew and believed was shattered.

  • Into the Deep by Abigail Rine Favale, 2018
    • As a college student, Abigail Favale experienced a feminist awakening that reshaped her life and faith. A decade later, on the verge of atheism, she found herself entering the oldest male-helmed institution on the planet--the last place she expected to be. With humor and insight, the author describes her gradual exodus from Christian orthodoxy and surprising swerve into Catholicism. She writes candidly about grappling with wounds from her past, Catholic sexual morality, the male priesthood, and an interfaith marriage. Her vivid prose brings to life the wrenching tumult of conversion--a conversion that began after she entered the Church and began to pry open its mysteries.
  • An Immovable Feast: How I Gave Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance by Tyler Blanski, 2018
    • An Immovable Feast is a profound love story told with humor, wisdom and bite. It tells the colorful and gripping story of one man's religious path that begins with a fundamentalist Baptist childhood to an adolescence in emergent church spirituality. He moves on through hipster years as a house painter and musician, then marries and enters a seminary in Wisconsin. After years of wearing a black cassock and preparing to be an Anglican priest, he boldly joins the Catholic Church.
 
  • John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father by Peggy Noonan, 2006
    • Noonan offers a stirring portrait of a spiritual and intellectual giant who personally confronted all of the worst tragedies of his age. Drawing on scholarship, interviews with prominent Catholics, and her own experience, Noonan traces the extraordinary life and struggles of Pope John Paul II. The author explores how much we can learn from his leadership, diplomacy, humility, and holiness. Passionate and often deeply personal, John Paul the Great is as exceptional as the man it celebrates.
 
  • No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy by Fr. Donald Calloway, 2009
    • In his own words, No Turning Back recounts Fr. Donald's personal story of conversion after reading a book about Our Lady. Though today he is a devout Catholic Marian priest, Fr. Donald's early years were no indication of what was to come. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice and thrown in jail multiple times. Discovering a book on Our Lady led to his conversion and ardent love of Mary and the Church.
 
  • A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai: Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb by Fr. Paul Glynn, 2009
    • On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by overexposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and spiritual healing to his war-weary people. (This is a tough read at first, but if you hang in there it is worth it!)
 
  • No Price Too High: A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes Catholic by Alex Jones, 2006
    • Alex Jones was an "on-fire" Pentecostal minister in Detroit who was a completely dedicated shepherd of his flock. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church - and the Holy Mass - is the same exact "worship service " from the very early Church. Alex began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually Alex, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church. This is his incredible story of a black Pentecostal minister's challenging and dramatic spiritual journey, and the flock that followed him.
 
  • Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrayal of my Grandmother by Kate Hennessey, 2017
    • Dorothy Day, writes Hennessy, is an unusual candidate for sainthood. Before her conversion, she lived what she called a “disorderly life,” during which she had an abortion and then gave birth to a child out of wedlock. After her conversion, she was both an obedient servant and a rigorous challenger of the Church. She was a prolific writer whose books are still in print and widely read. Although compassionate, Hennessy shows Day to be driven, dogmatic, loving, as well as judgmental, in particular with her only daughter, Tamar. She was also full of humor and laughter and could light up any room she entered. Day’s story unfolds against a backdrop of New York City from the 1910s to the 1980s and world events spanning from World War I to Vietnam. This thoroughly researched and intimate biography provides a valuable and nuanced portrait of an undersung and provocative American woman.


  • Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr, 2010
    • In Lit, the author writes about her own descent into alcoholism and madness--and to her astonishing resurrection. Karr's longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome, Shakespeare-quoting blueblood poet produces a son they adore. But she can't outrun her past. She drinks herself into the same numbness that nearly devoured her charismatic but troubled mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in 'The Mental Marriott,' with an oddball tribe of gurus and saviors, awakens her to the possibility of joy and leads her to an unlikely faith. Not since Saint Augustine cried, 'Give me chastity, Lord-but not yet!' has a conversion story rung with such dark hilarity. Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober, becoming a mother by letting go of a mother, learning to write by learning to live. This book does contain some profanity, but it is not gratuitous.
 
  • Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith by Eve Tushnet, 2014
    • In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching. Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the "zoo animals," she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic is the fruit of Tushnet's searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.
 
  • Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Identity and Found Peace by Daniel Mattson, 2017
    • Daniel Mattson once believed he was gay. Raised in a Christian family, and aware of attractions to other boys at age six, Mattson's life was marked by constant turmoil between his faith in God and his sexual attractions. Finding the conflict between his sexual desires and the teachings of his church too great, he assumed he was gay, turned his back on God, and began a relationship with another man. Yet freedom and happiness remained elusive until he discovered Christ and his true identity. In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson's search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes. His lifelong search for happiness and peace comes full circle in his realization that, above all else, what is true about him is that he is a beloved son of God, loved into existence by God, created for happiness in this life and the next. Mattson's book is for anyone who has ever wondered who he is, why he is here, and, in the face of suffering, where to find joy, happiness, and the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Honors Theology IV

Honors Theology IV
 
Made for More by Curtis Martin
 
Students can pick up a copy of the book from Mrs. Cotchen (room 116) until the last day of school. The books will then be available in the Main Office. 
 
Cost is $3.
 
Students are to read the book in preparation for an assignment that will be completed during the 2019-2020 school year.