World Language Summer Reading
World Language Summer Reading 2012
The World Language Department at Foxborough High School encourages all students to read during the summer. The summer reading options are designed to help students gain an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
Extra credit will be given for the first test in September, 2012.
Students who report on their summer reading in the target language (French or Spanish) will receive:
- 10 points if they score a 4 on the school wide rubric
- 7 points if they score a 3 on the school wide rubric
- 5 points if they score a 2 on the school wide rubric
Students who report on their summer reading in English will receive:
- 5 points if they score a 4 on the school wide rubric
- 3 points if they score a 3 on the school wide rubric
- 1 points if they score a 2 on the school wide rubric
After reading the book, students should pick an alternative assessment:
- Write a book review. (writing rubric)
- Create a book cover for the book you read (writing rubric)
Your paper should have a cover page including your name, date, title, name of your teacher, class period and subject. The typed paper should be in 12-point, Times New Roman font, and should be double-spaced. You will be writing your review based on the following components:
Part I: Introduction. In two paragraphs introduce the setting by discussing the characters, the setting, the plot of the story, the major themes, and any other pertinent background information, such as how conflicts and/or problems were resolved.
Part II: Conclusion: In your conclusion you should, discuss the cultural relevancy of the story and critique the book.
You will design a book cover for the book you have read. The book cover should be designed to encourage others to read your book.
There are 4 parts to the book cover:
v The front cover should be a drawing which is representative of the book you have read
v The inside front flap should include a summary of the story.
v The inside back flap should include a short biography of the author.
v The back cover should include some quotes from “imaginary readers” praising the book.
Mary Jones: “I really like the (name of character) because I could identify with him/her.”
Tom Smith: “This is the best book I have ever read!”)
The two World Language choices:
For students studying Spanish:
First published in 1972, Bless Me Ultima is the best-selling Chicano novel of all time. The author Rudolfo Anaya draws from his experiences growing up in New Mexico during World War II to create the story of a young boy who must reconcile the many conflicting influences of his family, tradition, and community. In the two years spanned by the novel the main character, Antonio (Tony) Marez, who is six years old when the story begins, comes of age when he learns to recognize evil in the world and to navigate family expectations and religious ambiguity.
For students studying French:
A Movable Feast is Ernest Hemingway’s memoir of Paris in the 1920’s. It is filled with irreverent portraits of his contemporary expatriates such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, memories of his first wife, Hadley. It evokes the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I illustrating Hemingway’s youthful spirit, creativity and enthusiasm. If you enjoyed the movie Midnight in Paris you will also revel in Paris’ joyful past in this insightful work.