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Summer Reading 2017 Selections

1. The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is both a botanist and a mechanical engineer. After a freak accident, the rest of his crew leaves him on the Martian surface, thinking he was dead. The rest of the book is about how Watney tries to survive and the rescue efforts taken by NASA to retrieve him.

2. One Free Choice Book - Recommendations >

Honors AP Also Read:
Incoming 9HP: Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Incoming 10HP: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Incoming 11AP: The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Incoming 12AP: Candide - Voltaire and
The Bible, (following selections):

Old Testament
Genesis Ch 1 to 9; 11, 22
Exodus Ch 1-14; 19 to 20
Judges Ch 13 to 16
Ruth Ch 1 to 4
Job Ch 1 to 3; 8 to 10; 38, 42
Ecclesiastes Ch 1 to 3; 12
Song of Solomon Ch 1 to 4
Jonah Ch 1 to 4

New Testament
Matthew Ch 1 to 7; 24 to 28
Luke Ch 24
John Ch 20 to 21

FAQs about choosing and reading a bible >

Samohi Summer Reading

Over the summer, Samohi students are required to read two books—three for HP/AP. Please help get the books from a library or bookstore. (Santa Monica Public Library branches will have many copies.) Then help your child make time to read them - a daily half-hour is perfect - and ask your child regularly about what’s happening. Parents, if you too read the assigned books, the experience will be especially rewarding—for both of you!

Reading the two or three summer books will make your child a better reader, a better writer, and a better thinker; enlarge his or her understanding of people and the world; and help him or her start strongly in English in the fall. And, of course, there are the adventures, discoveries, shocks, laughs, tears, terrors, victories! Reading is sweet and intense.

In order to remember each book, your child should record passages, with page number, followed by comments or questions, for:
• important events and changes
• parts that show why things happen, why characters do what they do
• favorite passages and scenes
• parts that are confusing or puzzling

Students may write these comments on paper, on Post-It notes stuck to the pages, or in the book’s margins (if you own the book).

We wish you a sweet, intense summer!
-- The Santa Monica High School English Department

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