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SUMMER READING: Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Summer 2012 / Grades 9-12
 
Parents and Students:  According to the National Council of Teachers of English’s Commission on Reading, a reader’s skill continues to develop through reading diverse texts written for a wide variety of purposes (May, 2004). Further, “we read in order to better understand ourselves, others, and the world around us; we use the knowledge we gain from reading to change the world in which we live” (May, 2004).  To encourage students to become lifelong readers, all Monty Tech students are required to complete summer reading that reflects these principles. 
 
This year, in order to embrace the new National Literacy Standards, Monty Tech has opted to assign summer reading through the four main content areas: English, science, social studies, and math. We hope that students will gain exposure to more subjects they enjoy and benefit from the variety of choices offered throughout their high school experience here at Monty Tech.    
 
All students, grades 9-12, are required to read one book for summer reading.  For example, students entering 9th grade will select one book from the English selections as their summer reading assignment.  Students in 10th grade will read the assigned book based on the individual science course they are enrolled in.  Grade 11 students will choose one book from the social studies list and grade 12 students will choose one book from the math list.  Additionally, some departments have required a written component.  If so, the link is attached and the assignment is available on our website.   Students who are registered for an advanced placement (AP) course, in grades 11 and 12, will be required to complete assignments in addition to the reading.  These students received the assignment earlier this month. Additional copies are available in the main office.  Also, local libraries and bookstores have been given a list of this year’s summer reading books.
 
All reading and course assignments are due the first day of school.  Students are encouraged to have their books with them on the first day of school as this will facilitate the recall of rich details for certain assessments.  Moreover, students are highly encouraged to take notes on their reading to enhance comprehension. Students who are enrolled in MCAS-prep English qualify for the use of a Nook to aid in summer reading.  If your student is enrolled, please call the Academic Office, so we can make arrangements to register the Nook for your child ahead of time.  
 
In Monty Tech’s attempt to provide rich and varied reading experiences for all students, some selections are focused toward mature readers. If parents feel the content of the text assigned is not appropriate for their child, please consult with your child's teacher or with the Academic Office. We encourage parents to preview all texts required for summer reading.
 
Christina A. Favreau,
Academic Director
 
 
2012 MONTY TECH SUMMER READING LIST
Summer 2012 / Grades 9-12
 
Incoming 9th GRADE: Students are required to read one of the following books for English.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire   
Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers
*Handle with Care, Jodi Piccoult
Hanging on to Max, Margaret Bechard                                                     
Life of Pi, Yann Martel                                                                           
Looking for Alaska, John Green                                                  
Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant Ever, Ralph Helfer                   
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green          
 
~All books in this list require the completion of a reading guide available for printing on our website:
Click here to download the reading guide

Incoming 10th GRADE: Students are required to read the assigned book for their specific science course.  Earth Science and Physics do not require a reading guide. 
 
Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry: The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
*The required reading guide for this book is available for printing on our website:
Click here to download the reading guide
 
Earth Science: The Hot Zone, Richard Preston
 
Physics: Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos, Isaac Asimov

Incoming 11th GRADE: Students are required to read one of the following books for social studies.
*Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
*Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir, John McCain
*Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers
*The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
*Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW, James N. Rowe
*A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and It’s Aftermath, Tang & Toai, & Chanoff
*All the President’s Men, Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
 
~All books in this list require the completion of a reading guide available for printing on our website:
Click here to download the reading guide

Incoming 12th GRADE: Students are required to read one of the following books for math.
Escalante: The Best Teacher in America, Jay Mathews
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, Edwin A. Abbot
The Time Machine, H. G. Wells
Timeline, Michael Crichton
October Sky, Homer Hickam
     
~There is no writing requirement for these books. 
*Indicates mature content warning.
 
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