10th Grade

10th Grade Summer Reading 2017

Honors Literature of Western Civilization ONLY:

You will be reading two books this summer – C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces and your choice of one of the following: The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), Les Miserables (Hugo), Pride and Prejudice (Austen), OR A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens).

Reading due dates:

  • Till We Have Faces Book I (chapters 1-21) by Tuesday, August 15
  • Your 19th-century choice novel by Tuesday, September 5


Honors Literature of Western Civilization (Gifted Section)
This assignment is slightly different from the Honors assignment. The 19th century novel selection has been changed. Your assignment is as follows:
You will be reading TWO books this summer – C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces and your choice of one of the following: The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), Les Miserables (Hugo), OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen).

Reading due dates:

  • Till We Have Faces Book I (chapters 1-21) by Tuesday, August 15
  • Your 19th century choice novel by Tuesday, September 5


Literature of Western Civilization Regular and Honors:
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Why are you reading this book?

  • This is a story set during the Hellenistic period in Greece. This is the same period of history that you will begin learning about in Western Civilization at the start of the school year.
  • This is a story of redemption (the act of being saved from one’s sin) of the main character of Orual. The first part of the book (Book 1) is before her redemption. Upon returning to school, you will read Book 2 and learn of Orual’s redemption.
  • Redemption is a theme that you will explore throughout the year in Literature of Western Civilization through literature, writing and personal reflection.

What to read BEFORE school starts?

    • Book I (chapters 1-21) by Tuesday, August 15
  • Helpful tip: Many students feel it is easier to understand the literature when they listen to the audio and follow along with the text. You can find this book on YouTube and Amazon/Audible.

How will you be assessed on what you understood from this book when you return?

  • You will be asked to identify turning points (a point in the story when a character changes his/her way of living due to choices made or circumstances changing) in the story.
  • There will be a TEST within the first week of school to ensure you understand the facts of the story. The test will include quote identification, multiple choice, short answer, and essay. You will review with your class and be given a study guide upon returning to school.
    • How to prepare for the test: Read the assigned book (it is helpful to listen to an audiobook while following along in the book). Annotate and highlight the assigned prompts (see below) from each chapter.

Essay Assignment: There will be an essay assigned after reading part two of the book (Part two will be read after school starts). The more annotations you can make as you read this summer, the more prepared you will be for supporting the arguments that you will be making in the essay.

Background of the story, overall summary, chapter summaries, and character list

Note:  You are NOT required to read Book II (the last four chapters of the entire book) this summer; we will read it together at the beginning of the school year.  Simply read Book I (chapters 1-21) by August 15.

Classroom Technology for Sophomores

As pioneers of Westminster’s iPad program, we know that our 10th grade class is full of iPad experts. So why is the iPad no longer required for 10th grade students? That’s a great question, and one we apologize for not addressing sooner. It’s important that you know the iPad is encouraged in the 10th grade. It is just no longer the only utilized device.

At Westminster, we believe student learning is enhanced when we harness the best tools at our disposal. Because the internet is one of these tools and there are multiple devices that access it, we have chosen the iPad as the common means to do this in grades 7-9. As students move on to the upper grades, we will give families the freedom to choose devices that will allow their students to interact with the requirements of the classrooms they are in, while also not being tied to any one single piece of hardware.

Moving forward, our teachers will continue to work within some primary applications such as Showbie and Google Classroom. Our teachers will continue to learn how to better harness the power of the devices that students bring into the classroom. They will also operate from the standpoint of “digital first, paper second,” while understanding that neither are mutually exclusive. The right tool at the right time is the mindset we are after. So sophomores, please bring the right tool for you.