ELL Summer Reading - NHS

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2017 Summer Reading for
ESL 1 and 2 Students

The information below can be translated using the Google Translate feature found at the bottom of this web page.

(Scroll down page for both ESL 1 and ESL 2 assignments)

Note:  ESL 3 students will have the same assignment as the other High School students for their respective grades.

 

Summer Reading Assignment for ESL 1 Students

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Read the following book:


First Day in Grapes, by L. King Perez (ISBN#1-58430-045-0) Lee & Low Books, NY, 2002 – story of Chico, the son of migrant workers,  who travels a lot and has to start new in many different schools.  After you read it, write the following and bring it in the first day of class.

 

Title: First Day in Grapes    Author: L. King Perez_

  1. Characters:


     
  2. What Happens?



     
  3. Did you like it? Yes? No?

     
  4. Why?

 

In addition, you should read another book.  The following are suggestions for beginner students of English.


The Girl from Chimel, by Rigoberta Menchu – life story of Nobel Prize winner Rigoberto Menchu and her childhood in Guatemala. 

The King with Dirty Feet and Other stories, compiled by Mary Medlicott (ISBN#0753400030) - stories from all over the world

I Hate English by Ellen Levine – Mei Mei arrives in New York from Hong Kong  and quickly gets frustrated because she can’t understand English.

My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Udding (ISBN#1-59078-175-9) Boyds Mills Press, PA 2005 -  Bilal and his sister Ayesha are one of the few Muslim students in his school.

Tales from the Classroom at the end of the Hall by Douglas Evans – strange things happen at a school.

The Solar System, by Don Nardo (The Heinle Reading Library) or any other science related book

Suggestion:  Visit the Public Library and go to the young people’s section.  Look around.  Choose a book that interests you.  Borrow it and read it.  Your success learning English depends on how much you read.  You do not need to understand every single word. 
 

Summer Reading Assignment for ESL 2 Students

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Required Reading for English Language Learners in ESL2:  Everyone will read “Sadako and the Thousand paper Cranes” plus one other book from the list


“Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr
This story is based on the real life of a Japanese girl who became sick ten years after being exposed to the atom bomb.  It is a story of hope and inspiration to everyone.

Instructions

  1. Read the entire book first.  You may need to look up words that you don’t understand.  You can also ask someone in your family who reads in English to help you with this assignment.
  2. After reading book, answer the following questions. 

Answer the following questions and bring the paper in on the first day of classes.

  1. Who are the main characters?

     
  2. Where is the story taking place?

     
  3. What holiday is being celebrated in Japan in chapter 1?

     
  4. What is the name of the “atom bomb disease”

     
  5. How does the story end? 

     
  6. Do you like this book?  Why?

     

Pick another book to read from the following list. 

First Day in Grapes, by L. King Perez (ISBN#1-58430-045-0) Lee & Low Books, NY, 2002 – story of Chico, the son of migrant workers,  who travels a lot and has to start anew in many different schools
The Girl from Chimel, by Rigoberta Menchu – life story of Nobel Prize winner Rigoberto Menchu and her childhood in Guatemala. 
The King with Dirty Feet and Other stories, compiled by Mary Medlicott (ISBN#0753400030)- stories from all over the world
I Hate English by Ellen Levine – Mei Mei arrives in New York from Hong Kong  and quickly gets frustrated because she can’t understand English.
My Name is Bilal  by Asma Mobin-Udding  (ISBN#1-59078-175-9)Boyds Mills Press, PA 2005 -  Bilal  and his sister Ayesha are one of the few Muslim students in his school
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson  -  Bette Bao Lord – story of a Chinese girl adjusting to her new life in the U.S. during the 1940’s – based on the author’s experience (for  more advanced beginners)

Books for more advanced readers

Behind the Mountain, Edwidge Dandicat – a young Haitian girl and her family move to New York City –
based on the author’s experiences.
The Cinnamon Tree – Aubrey Flegg, story of a young African girl who goes to Ireland for treatment after the amputation of her leg from an unexploded bomb.
Cool Salsa – Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the U.S., ed. Lori M. Carlson
Children of the River – Linda Crew – Sundara moves to Oregon from Cambodia after fleeing the Khmer Rouge war
Haiti on my Mind – Stories of Haitian American Teens, ed. By Dana K. Vincent – different stories by teenagers from Haitian descent living in the U.S.
Holes, Louis Sachar – Story of boys in a detention center who solve a mystery.
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers – a star basketball player in High School has to make a very tough decision
Kids Like Me- Voices of the Immigrant Experience – edited by Judith Blohm and Terry Lapinsky – real life stories of teenagers from different parts of the world and their experiences living in the U.S.  – You can choose to read just 3 stories from this collection.
The Pact by Davis, Jenkins and Hunt – three young men promise to do well in school and fulfill a dream.
Quinceanera means Sweet 15, Veronica Chamber – two Latina best friends in the U.S. experience turning 15.
Remember This Titan:  The Bill Yoast  Story by Steve Sullivan – the real life hero that inspired the movie
Shabanu, Suzanne Fish Staples – fictionalized account of a Pakistani girl in a traditional rural culture
The Skin I’m in, Sharon G. Flake – story of a girl who struggles with accepting how she looks and the teacher who helps her.
The Way Things Work, by David MacAuley – fun, illustrated guide to many different tools, machines and other things we use.
War Horse , Michael Morpurgo – story of the friendship between a horse and the soldier who rides him.