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    Summary of Roosevelt incoming freshmen summer reading (see details below):

    1. Read 1 book out of a choice of 9 books! 
    2. Write down 5 quotes as you read, and why you selected each quote.
    3. Produce a creative book response.


    Dear Roosevelt Student,

    Welcome to Roosevelt High School! As your Social Studies and Language Arts block teachers, we are very excited for your arrival and expect many good things from the class of 2023. This summer you will be making important transitions between your life in middle school and your future as a Roughrider. Because Roosevelt is a place that values a strong life of the mind, and because your blocked LA and SS classes will explore cultures and literature outside the United States, we would like you to challenge yourself to read some international literature this summer. We are asking that you read at least one of the books from the attached list and have a conversation with a family member about that book.

    Here are the books, with their countries of origin, their page numbers, and, where available, lexile scores. Lexile scores measure the difficulty of a text based on vocabulary and sentence length, where 805-1100 is typical of an average 8th grade level and 940-1210 is typical of 11th and 12th.

    Julia Alvarez, Before We Were Free (Dominican Republic,192 pages, lexile score 890)

    Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Ghana, 320 pages, lexile score 910)

    Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John (Antigua, 148 pages, lexile score 1220)

    Yukio Mishima, Sound of the Waves (Japan, 192 pages)

    Erich Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany, lexile score 830)

    Salman Rushdie, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (India, 219 pages, lexile score 940)

    Asne Seierstad (Norwegian), Bookseller of Kabul (Afghanistan, 288 pages)

    Quang Van Nguyen and Marjorie Pivar, Fourth Uncle on the Mountain (Vietnam, 368 pages)

    Eric Weiner, Geography of Bliss (United States, 338 pages)


    In preparation for your entry to Roosevelt High School, we ask you to do two things:

    1. Prepare quotes from your chosen book for a writing we’re going to have you do in September.
    2. Produce a creative book response.

    Quotes from the book. As you read, gather five quotes. You will be using these as notes for a paragraph you will write in September. Specifically, prepare by doing the following:

    • Write down five quotes that seem important to the book or that are interesting to you.
    • After each quote, write down what interests you about it, or why you chose it.

    The creative book response. This response is intended to develop your connection to the book in a creative way. Find possibilities for such responses by doing a google search for “book report alternatives.” Some examples might include writing a letter to a character and getting one back, creating a travel brochure for 18th century Ghana or 19th century Mississippi, writing a news article about an important event from the book, or making a movie trailer. Many more possibilities are out there!

    The point of the book project is partly to give you an imaginative way to process your chosen book, but it’s also to see your interests and creativity, to see the kinds of connections you make, and to get a glimpse into what kind of learner you are. The project is not intended to stress you out! For this reason, please spend no more than a couple hours on the book response!

    To summarize, we ask that you do the following before you arrive at Roosevelt:

    1. Get a copy of your book, maybe from Seattle Public Library, and read it.
    2. Write down 5 quotes as you read.
    3. Produce a creative book response.

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness and your time. We are so excited to meet you!