Contemporary Literature

Welcome to the Contemporary Literature
2018-2019 Summer Reading Program 

Step One: Book Selection

  •  From the list below, choose a book that looks interesting to you.

 *The list was created to allow significant choice for students with varied interests. Ultimately, the choice of the title from this list is up to students and parents.*

Step Two: Assignment During Reading

  •  While reading your chosen book, please highlight, sticky note, or annotate for motifs.
  •  Motifs:  symbols,images, or ideas that keep popping up in the book again and again.

Step Three: Assignment After Reading

After reading your chosen book, please write a response and answer the following questions:  

  •  What do you think the theme of the book is?  
  •  How have the items you have marked helped to develop that theme?  

**Use the motifs you noted during your reading to guide your thinking about theme.  What is the repetition of those symbols or ideas saying about the world/life?

Your response should be written on a notecard (one side).  Please bring it to class on the first day of school.

Step Four: In August

  •  Upon returning to school in August, students will complete analysis and reflection assignments connected to the reading.
  •  Students will use quotes and passages to showcase and analyze theme.
Please contact Mrs. Susan Summers at if you have any questions.

Contemporary Literature
Summer Reading Book Choice