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Byrnes Summer Reading 2007

Lower School Summer Reading

Over the summer each Lower School Student is encouraged to read a good book!  If a lower school student reads 3 appropriately leveled books and takes the AR test on each of them, he or she will receive an extra 100 for his or her reading grade.

Lower school students may take the AR tests at home as they have been able to do this past year.  This is wonderful because it does not limit them to only what is in the Byrnes library.  Any AR book can be selected from the public library, for example.

Students should read books in the reading range he or she has been reading this past school year.

If you would like to check out books from the Byrnes library, it will be open on Wednesdays from 10 am-1 pm.

Accelerated Reading Test List - Alphabetical

Accelerated Reading Test List - Reading Level

Middle and Upper School Summer Reading:
Each student will read two books for his or her summer reading assignment.  Each student will answer a set of questions for journal writing on one of the books, and will take a test on the second book once school is back in session.  These assignments must be completed by the first day of school (Wednesday, August 22), and they do count as test grades.

Parents are encouraged to read and discuss the books with their children.  Students are more likely to read if their parents read also!


Seventh Grade
  E. L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (TEST)
  Robert C. O'Brien, Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH

Eight Grade
  Richard Adams, Watership Down (TEST)
  Forest Carter, The Education of Little Tree (JOURNAL)

Ninth Grade
  Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (TEST)
Daniel Dafoe, Robinson Crusoe (JOURNAL)

Tenth Grade
  Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (TEST)
  Homer, The Odyssey (JOURNAL)

Eleventh Grade
Arthur Miller, The Crucible (TEST)
  Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn (JOURNAL)

Twelfth Grade
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (TEST)
  Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (JOURNAL)

  AP ADDITIONAL SUMMER READING:  Herman Hesse, Siddartha

For books marked JOURNAL, write thorough responses to the attached questions and turn these in on the FIRST FULL DAY OF SCHOOL  during your English class.  Eight points per day will be deducted from late responses.

For books marked TEST, you will be given a test on the FIRST FULL DAY OF SCHOOL during your English class.  AP English students will also take a test on their third required book the next day.  The test day(s) will not be postponed, nor will make-ups be given; read the book(s) ahead of the deadline!

New students enrolling in Byrnes through July 15 will read all assigned books by the deadlines.  Students enrolling July 16 or after will read one book (the one marked TEST) by the deadline; they will be given additional time to complete the book marked JOURNAL.


Seventh Grade:  Answer all four of the following questions.  Your answers should be at least half a page each.

Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH

1.  How would the story be different if Mrs. Frisbee hadn't released Jeremy?  Explain.
2.  Why did Isabella fear NIMH so much?  Explain.
3.  Why do yo think the rats chose to escape when they knew the humans were smarter and would find them?
4.  How did knowing the rats change Mrs. Frisbee's life?  Explain.

Eighth Grade:  Answer four of the following questions.  Your answers should be at least half a page each.

The Education of Little Tree

1.  What is the Cherokee "Way"?
2.  Discuss the difference in attitude of the Indians and those who run the orphanage.
3.  Discuss the importance of either Willow John or Mr. Wine.
4. This story does not have a very "tight" plot but consists of many vignettes, or short scenes, which are in a generally chronoligical order.  Do you think this is effective?  Why or why not?
5.  Discuss the importance of the title.  What is the education of Little Tree?

Ninth Grade:  Answer four of the following questions.  Your answers should be at least a half page each.

Robinson Crusoe

1.  On his first stormy voyage, what vow does Crusoe make concerning his parents?  Does he honor his vow?  How is this important?
2.  Describe the perils Crusoe faces after he is sold into slavery.  How does he escape Brazil?
3.  Repeatedly Crusoe's fate is decided when he falls victim to temptation.  Give one example of when he gives in to temptation.  What are the consequences?  Why is this important?
4.  How long was Crusoe on the island before discovering any trace of another human being?  Why does a single footprint terrify him?
5.  Does Crusoe view Friday as just another savage?  Suppor your answer with examples from the novel.
6.  With each failure, Crusoe gains knowledge.  Discuss one of his failures and what he learns from it.

Tenth Grade:  Answer four of the following questions.  Your answers should be one page long for each question.

The Odyssey

1.  List the various places Odysseus visited on his journey home.  Which place was the most interesting to you?  Why?  Would you want to visit this place?  Why?
2.  There are several times when Odysseus disguises himself.  Choose one of these instances and explain his disguise, why he adopted it, and whether it was successful.
3.  Penelope is famous for her loyalty.  Why?  Would you have been as patient as she is?  Why or why not?
4.  In what ways are Penelope and Odysseus well-suited to each other?
5.  Do you think Odysseus and Telemachus will have a good father-son relationship in the future (after the end of the book)?  Why or why not?
6.  How important do you think the Gods were to the ancient Greeks?  Explain your answer by using events from the book?

Eleventh Grade:  Answer four of the following questions.  Your answers should be one page long for each question.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1.  Compare and contrast the personalities of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
2.  Using episodes from the book, how does Huck's venture along the Mississippi river become his "education"?
3.  Discuss the differences between the freedom of the raft and the restriction of the society on the shore.
4.  Trace Huck's feelings about slavery throughout the book, and how they do or do not parallel his feelings about Jim.
5.  What is the role of superstition in the lives of the major characters?
6.  Why did Huck allow the Duke and Dauphin to join them on the raft, even though he knew they were crooks?

Twelfth Grade:  Answer four of the following questions.  Your answers should be one page long for each question.

Gulliver's Travels

1.  How are Swift's views on human nature and the problems of government still applicable today?
2.  Define satire and identify three targets of satire in Gulliver's travels.
3.  What is Swift satirizing in his description of the conflict between the Big Endians and the Little Endians?  In which land does each group dwell?
4.  What is Swift's overall opinion of man?  Cite examples from the novel to support your answer.
5.  According wo Swift, what was the worst weapon on earth during his lifetime?  In what land do we discover Swift's view on this matter? 







Important News

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Alumni Football!  Go to the Alumni page for more information!


Important Dates

Wed, August 22 - Sally Foster Fund Raiser Begins; Call 662-0131 if you need another packet;  Lower, Middle, & Upper Schools are selling, See link on TBS home page. 

Tues, August 28 thru Fri, August 31 - Book Fair in the Library, Everyone come!

Mon, September 3 - Labor Day - No School

Wed, September 5 - School Pictures - Senior Formal Retakes; Underclassmen Individual Portraits; Fall Sports Pictures

Wed, September 12 - Sally Foster Fund Raiser Ends

Fri, September 14 - Read-A-Saurus for Lower School

Fri, September 14 - Middle School SGA Bake Sale

Mon, September 17 - Byrnes Night at Chuck E. Cheese; Come support our school!

Mon, September 24 - MS & US Progress Reports mailed home this week for every subject below an 80

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