Academics
Academic Program

2021-2022 Summer Reading

Weber's goal with summer reading is to encourage students to become life-long readers who read critically, insightfully, and enjoyably.  During the first weeks of school, English teachers will assess students on the summer reading assignments through in-class writing assignments. In order to prepare for summer reading assessments, students should plan their time wisely and read carefully.  

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List of 3 members.

  • Holly Chesser 

    Dean of English / English Teacher
  • Charlie McQuade 

    Grade Level Dean for 9th and 10th Grades / Social Studies Teacher
  • Carrie Runnels 

    Grade Level Dean for 11th and 12th Grades / Mathematics Teacher

List of 4 items.

  • 9th Grade

    9th grade
    CP
    Honors

    Students will read Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, a powerful story from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of how a prominent white supremacist changed his heart and mind. This text which follows Derek Black’s journey to disavow everything he once believed, demonstrates the power of friendship as the protagonist is guided by Jewish friends who reach out to him in love and acceptance. Not only does this story highlight the beauty and transformative qualities of weekly Shabbat dinners, but this text will also serve as the 9th graders’ first read in their Empathy Unit.
  • 10th Grade

    10th grade
    CP
    Len Vlahos’ Hard Wired ISBN# 978-1681190372
    Honors
    Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguru


    10 CP students will read Len Vlahos’ Hard Wired and 10 H will read Kazuo Ishiguru's Klara and the Sun. Both are speculative texts that question some basic ideas about what it means to be human: what makes someone a person? What makes a family? What does friendship look like? When should we defer to authority and when should we push back? By engaging these questions in a speculative text, students will set an ideological foundation for our course in which we will be reading a selection of texts from around the world and engaging these guiding questions. 
  • 11th Grade

    11th grade
    CP
    Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption ISBN#:  978-0-8129-8496-5
    Honors
    Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption ISBN#: 978-0-8129-8496-5
    AP Language
    1. Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption ISBN#: 978-0-8129-8496-5
    2. Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison ISBN#: 978-1982128609


    11 CP: Students will read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a powerful memoir that documents his career as an attorney representing disadvantaged clients. This text serves as an important complement to the class trip to Montgomery, Alabama where we will visit The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, often called The Lynching Memorial, two remembrance and educational sites created by the Equal Justice Initiative, the non-profit organization that Stevenson founded.  

    11 H: Students will read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a powerful memoir that documents his career as an attorney representing disadvantaged clients. This text serves as an important complement to the class trip to Montgomery, Alabama where we will visit The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, often called The Lynching Memorial, two remembrance and educational sites created by the Equal Justice Initiative, the non-profit organization that Stevenson founded.  

    11 AP Language: Students will read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, a powerful memoir that documents his career as an attorney representing disadvantaged clients. This text serves as an important complement to the class trip to Montgomery, Alabama where we will visit The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, often called The Lynching Memorial, two remembrance and educational sites created by the Equal Justice Initiative, the non-profit organization that Stevenson founded.  

    The second book 11th AP Lang will read is Jason Hardy’s The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison, which tells the story of the author’s experience becoming a parole officer in New Orleans. This text will further the class’ exploration of the judicial system in the United States.  
  • 12th Grade

    12th grade
    CP/Honors
    Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years ISBN#:978-0399576003
    AP Language for Seniors
    2.  Thank You for Arguing, Fourth Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs. ISBN# 978-0593237380. Read Opening Materials (Prefaces, Introduction) and entire “Offense” section (through page 160).
    AP Literature
    First, students must watch the 1996 production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbcfaZX7qgY
    Only then, should they read Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet ISBN# 978-0-5256-5760-6


    12 CP: Students will read Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years, a compelling memoir that explores Keret’s ordinary observations and extraordinary epiphanies during the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret finds humor in pain and light in darkness, not only reminding the reader of what it is like to live in Israel with a continuous threat of war, but also illustrating another way to embrace and celebrate the challenges of life. As Seniors begin the process of applying to college and crossing the daunting threshold from childhood to adulthood, we will use the themes in The Seven Good Years to ask complex questions about human nature and society and to analyze and articulate our own identities and dreams for the future. 

    12 H: Students will read Etgar Keret’s The Seven Good Years, a compelling memoir that explores Keret’s ordinary observations and extraordinary epiphanies during the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father. Keret finds humor in pain and light in darkness, not only reminding the reader of what it is like to live in Israel with a continuous threat of war, but also illustrating another way to embrace and celebrate the challenges of life. As Seniors begin the process of applying to college and crossing the daunting threshold from childhood to adulthood, we will use the themes in The Seven Good Years to ask complex questions about human nature and society and to analyze and articulate our own identities and dreams for the future. 

    12 AP Language: Students will read two texts in preparation for 12 AP Language. The first is The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. This text engages in conversation of society, belonging, and isolation, and features arguments from multiple perspectives regarding what it means to be a part of society and what choices are available to us. In addition, students will begin reading a text we will continue to work with during the year: Thank You for Arguing, Fourth Edition: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs. Students will read through page 160, the “Offense” section. Engaging these texts together provides a strong foundation for argument-based academic writing and will serve as touchstones for the work we do together moving forward. 

    12 AP Literature: Students will first watch the 1996 screen adaption of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. After viewing, students will read Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet, a beautifully imagined recreation of the life of the most famous writer in the history of the world and her interpretation of what inspired him to write his masterpiece. Both works will serve as our introduction in the fall to our study of The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Denmark.
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