Sutton Memorial High School
Summer Reading Prompt & Assignment: 2018
Prompt: This year’s summer reading assignment will be scaffolded from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED Talk from 2010 - The Danger of a Single Story. A natural starting point to this assignment is to watch this nineteen minute presentation on YouTube, and consider Adichie’s main point, that “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
This summer, select a book of worthy high school merit, and consider how Adichie’s claim shapes the story. For example, at the onset of the book, focus on one character and what you think you know about them. As the book unfolds, consider how your perception of the character might change. Finally, as the book ends, evaluate how the character’s development altered your original thoughts on them. Essentially, how did your view of a character change throughout the book?
Assignment: At the start of the school year, you will be assessed by your English Language Arts teacher in regards to the aforementioned questions. This assessment may appear in the form of a Socratic Seminar, classroom discussion, presentation, open response, etc.
Recommended Titles: You may pick any book of high school merit, and we highly encourage you to avoid books with major motion pictures like The Hunger Games. If you are looking for a title, listed below are some examples (some titles may be more appropriate for older students):
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Am I Blue by Marion Dane Bauer
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Beartown by Frederik Backman
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
In closing, we encourage you to find a book that will engage and captivate you. Go to your local library or bookstore, and enjoy the many benefits of reading. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (508) 581 - 1640 x4184, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and have a great summer!