The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber is a second campus of The Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning. The Science Leadership Academy at Beeber opened its doors on September 9, 2013 with its inaugural freshman class.
SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.
Rising 10th and 11th* Grade Summer Reading
An important goal of the English curriculum at SLA Beeber is for students to become lifelong readers. Reading should be fun because it opens up new experiences to us and allows us to think more critically about more familiar experiences. It is a form of entertainment and life-long education that we hope you will value!
For your summer reading you must read two books from the list below. You must choose books that you have not read in the past. If you are a rising 11th grader, one of your books must come from the “classic” category.*
For each book, you must complete a response to the book from among the following choices. You must complete a different response for each book:
1) 2 Page Double Entry Journal: Draw a line down the middle of a page. For one column, label it “Notes from the Text.” Here, you should write down notes from the text that stand out to you as important (Be sure to label it with the page number). For the other column, label it “My Response.” In this column, you write what you are thinking about the text or the questions that you have about the text.
Notes from Text
2) Body Biography of a Character: Draw an outline of a character, this could just be a stick figure. Then, for each major body part: hands, heart, eyes, nose, arms, feet, knees, stomach, head, ears, etc. you should make a metaphorical body part that would represent a part of the character’s identity. For example, the eyes could be closed shutters if they are not able to see and appreciate their friends or family. This is a characterization activity. On the back, or on a separate paper, explain how and why you chose each body part to represent the character you chose.
3) It Says, I Say, And So Inference: This is a process for making inferences about what you read based on your own questions. You go through the following process. The total word count should be 400-500 words:
1) Question: Ask a deep, open-ended question about the text I am reading?
2) It Says: What details and information from the text will help me answer this question?
3) I Say: What do I have to say about the topic of this question that comes from my own knowledge and experience from the world?
4) And So: By combining the references to the text with my own knowledge and experience, what is my inference, my answer to my question?
5) So What?: What is the broader connection of my inference to humanity or society in general?
4) Create a High Quality Book Trailer that will be shown the first week of school. This should include information about setting, characters, and the initial conflict. Be sure not to give away the ending! Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWrNyVhSJUU
Here are choices of novels that you can choose from. If you would like to read another book, just email your English teacher from last year.
House of the Scorpion
Hunger Games Series
Maze Runner Series
The Selection Series
The 5th Wave Series
The Legend Series
Social Issues/Coming of Age
Thirteen Reasons Why
One For the Murphy’s
Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
My Sister’s Keeper
This Song Will Save Your Life
Fat Kid Rules the World
Being Henry David
The Future of Us
The Hate List
Code Name Verity
Between Shades of Gray
Out of the Easy
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
When the Emperor Was Divine
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The Girl With The Pearl Earring
The Buddha in the Attic
Girl in Reverse
The Color of Water
I Am Malala
Diary of Anne Frank
Born on a Blue Day
Tuesdays With Morrie
Into Thin Air
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Last Lecture
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Glass Castle
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
The Fault in Our Stars
Looking For Alaska
Anna and the French Kiss
This is What Happy Looks Like
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Geography of You and Me
If I Stay/Where She Went
Harry Potter Series
Lord of the Rings Series
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series
I Am Number Four
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Pride and Prejudice
The Red Badge of Courage
The Three Musketeers
The Scarlet Letter
Brave New World
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Call of the Wild
The Bell Jar
The Grapes of Wrath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Color Purple
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Heart of Darkness
Lord of the Flies
Things Fall Apart
Anthills of the Savannah
No Longer at Ease
Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Margery Allingham, The Tiger in the Smoke
Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest
A Hardy Boys, The Shore Road Mystery, and a Nancy Drew, The Secret in the Attic
Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night
Sara Peretsky, Hard Time
Barbara Neely, Blanche Among the Talented Tenth
Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress
Tony Hillerman, A Thief of Time
Henning Menkell, The White Lioness
Hoobler, Dorothy, and Thomas Hoobler. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Weekend Was Murder!
Rose, Malcolm. Framed!
Newman, Robert. The Case of the Baker Street Irregular: A Sherlock Holmes Story.
Agatha Christie, Murder in the Vicarage
SLA Beeber 9th Grade Summer Reading 2016-2017
Dear Incoming Ninth Grader,
Welcome to SLA! Before coming to school in September we'd like you to read one of the following books: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie), Everyday (David Levithan), or The House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer).
While you may get the book from the library, we strongly suggest that you purchase your
choice text, as we will be referring to it in English classes in September. We are selling all
three titles at discounted prices on New Family Night to make obtaining summer reading easy
and effortless. Of course, feel free to read them all! They are all so great!
Below are some questions to help you navigate your novel and help you prepare to discuss it
with your classmates and teachers. As you may already know, SLA utilizes guiding questions
that help focus our studies and make learning more meaningful for us all. As you read your
book, think about the following larger questions as they apply to the characters, action,
conflicts, and resolutions in your choice text and also as they apply to your life. Part of active
reading includes some writing. Prepare to hand in a journal consisting of at least eight entries,
each one longer than a half page. Before you write, consider the following questions to explore
in your journal. Each entry could be a response to a question as it relates to the book. Include
your own personal responses to these questions, and how these questions might apply to your
choice text. This will be collected in September.
• What is family?
• What is the power of friendship?
• What does it mean to be a caregiver/mother/father?
• What is education and where can it exist?
• What is love?
• How does a person become evil?
•In what ways can the line between good and evil be blurred?
• How do you justify the idea that a person can be both good and evil at the same time?
• Who is a survivor? Why?
• What does it mean to be human?• How can children create their own paths in a world run by the adults?