Thursday, May 22, 2008

Incoming 9th Graders

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Incoming 9th graders check out your summer reading music video and podcast. When you're finished watching, tell me what book you will read this summer.

Incoming 10th Graders

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Incoming 10th graders check out your summer reading music video and podcast. When you're finished watching, tell me what book you will read this summer.

Incoming 11th Graders

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Incoming 11th graders check out your summer reading music video and podcast. When you're finished watching, tell me what book you will read this summer.

Incoming 12th Graders

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Incoming 12th graders check out your summer reading music video and podcast. When you're finished watching, tell me what book you will read this summer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't Sweat Summer Reading!

We are pleased to present the 2008 Summer Reading Lists. Each student is required to select a book from the appropriate grade-level list below. If you are having trouble choosing a book, ask a parent, teacher, librarian or the English department chair for help. The Mepham High School Website has pamphlets and our next post will have podcasts with short summaries to help make your selection easier. The titles below are linked to Amazon.com for more information.

Incoming 9th Grade Summer Reading List:
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Driver's Ed by Caroline B. Cooney
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
Things Change by Patrick Jones
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman

Incoming 10th Grade Summer Reading List:
Feed by M.T. Anderson
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by Josh Grogan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Incoming 11th Grade Summer Reading List:
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
Black Girl / White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates
The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

How to Read Literature Like a Professor* by Thomas C. Foster
The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini
*Only required for E3 AP English students at Mepham High School

Incoming 12th Grade Summer Reading List:
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Freakonomics*by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
*Only required for E4 AP English students at Mepham High School

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mmmmm....del.icio.us

Never heard of social bookmarking? Well, it's one of those new Web 2.0 crazes...and it makes a ton of sense. Social bookmarking allows you to store and share bookmarks (a.k.a. your "favorites") on the web, instead of inside your browser on just one computer. You can then access your bookmarks from any computer, anywhere, at anytime. Some popular social bookmarking sites are: del.icio.us, portaportal, digg, MyBookmarks, Yahoo!Bookmarks, and diggo. Social bookmarking is perfect for someone like me who has 279 bookmarks saved and uses various computers throughout the day at home, school, and work! Visit the social bookmarking sites above to see if it is right for you too...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What Are You Reading?


Review and rate a book you have read.

***** Book is really great, incredible - I couldn't put it down!
**** Liked it a lot
*** Average
** Not bad - nothing special
* Disappointing - I don't recommend it

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