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Crusader- Entering 10th

The designated summer reading books for students entering tenth grade are:
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton

  • The Abridged Iliad by Homer

The designated summer reading books for students entering tenth grade honors are:
  • Mythology by Edith Hamilton

  • Iliad by Homer (trans. Fitzgerald)



These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.


Students must complete one assignment for each required book. Students in each grade level are required to read two books and complete one assignment per book.  This year students will be given options for creativity with the assignments: traditional, technological or non-technological. To receive full credit, all work must be submitted to the teachers by the first Friday of the school year, August 12, 2022.





For 7th-12th  grade, the traditional option is annotations. Guidelines must be followed to receive credit for annotations.  If your child prefers to complete the annotations, they DO NOT need to complete the technological or non-technological options offered below. 


The annotations will constitute your child’s first English grades of the year. A guide to annotating  with sample illustrations is available below. These books will also be the source of discussion during the first couple of weeks of school.

Information on annotating is posted below with sample illustrations. There should be annotations on each pageShould questions arise about annotations or these instructions, please email Ms. Dugas in the upper school English department ([email protected]).


(English II, English II Honors, English III, English III Honors,  English IV )


It must meet the literary requirements for grade level. *See attached literary requirements.


Google Slides

  1. Present required information in a slide presentation using Google Slides
  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled on slides.
  3. Students are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with slide transitions, backgrounds, images, fonts, etc.
  4. The first slide needs to include the book title, author, student’s name, and date completed.

(English II, English II Honors, English III, English III Honors,  English IV )


Character Cards

  1. Choose four characters from the novel. On a 3x5 notecard, draw and color the character (one character per card).
  2. Literary requirements will be in essay form. See grade requirements.
  3. Put your name on the BACK of the card where you list your facts.






  • list the title and the author
  • Using at least 2 cited (in text and works cited-MLA 9th edition) outside sources, create your own definition of two different literary elements (setting, plot, characters, figurative language, foreshadowing, conflict, climax, resolution, theme, metaphor, hyperbole). You must use your outside sources to help you create your own definition of the two chosen literary elements.
  • Identify 3 examples of each of the chosen elements, explaining how the elements function in the text
  • A minimum of 12 new vocabulary words with definitions and a memorable sentence for each word
  • 2 biblical themes
  • 1 real-world application

Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!

While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  • The Wright Brothers by Russell Freedman
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan