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09th Grade 1CP and Honors





Welcome to 9th grade English!

Double-Sided Journal (25 points per book)


❏ All incoming 9th grade English students will be required to read:

Fiction – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. If you are unable to borrow or purchase the book, here is an online PDF book -


❏ 9th grade English HONORS will be required to read :

Fiction - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Memoir - Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano.


❏ While you read, use the Double-Sided Journal for each novel. This document can be found on SchoolLoop under Summer Reading on the main page. We also have it as a Google Doc: Double-Sided Journal.  (Use your school login to access it, once open in Google Docs, click "file" > "Save a copy" so you can type in it).

English 1CP may the Double-Sided Journal and submit it electronically during the first week of school on Google Classroom.


❏ Note at least 25 quotes or passages and write at least one thoughtful, reflective sentence commentary for each quote/passage. You may use the “Sentence Starters for Active Reading Strategies” to guide you.  That document is ALSO under Summer Reading on the main page, and link here: Sentence Starters.


❏ The commentaries are evidence of your reflective process in reading the book well. Notes should be thoughtful, neat, organized and have a clear reason for being marked.


❏ One of your first in-class writing assignments in 9th grade English will be based on the book(s). Your 9th grade teacher will provide you with more details once the school year begins.


❏ You will need your book(s) during the first two weeks of school.


Teachers will check double-sided journals during the first week of the 2018/2019 school year.