English I International Scholars 2020 Summer Reading
English I International Scholars
Dear incoming freshmen,
As you end the final days of your 8th-grade year, we at Lubbock High would like to usher you into the next part of your academic journey: high school. You will face monsters and obstacles of many kinds – tests, quizzes, due dates, late study nights, copious amounts of stress, and the newness that often accompanies unfamiliar territory. You will come across many situations that challenge you and force you to adapt or restructure your understanding of the world. It’s a dangerous road, but you won’t be alone.
First off, we want begin with this mentality in mind: English I International Scholars is designed with the goal to prepare you for the higher academic route, to prepare you for the high standards set by College Board, and, most importantly, to help you grow into a lifelong learner and reader. If you work hard on improving your critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, success on STAAR is easily attainable. The first step in this particular direction takes you through the ancient world of Mythology.
Secondly, we also want you to be aware that this is a writing and reading-intensive course. You can expect homework at least three days a week on top of reading the assigned novel outside of class. Be aware of the expectations of the course so that you can make the best choice for your academic pursuits.
Finally, let’s talk a little bit about what we will do: We are changing things up this year, partly in response to how things have ended due to the pandemic. We are going to look into mythology during the actual school year as opposed to introducing it through summer reading. We believe this change would benefit and ease your transition to high school, especially during the times we live in. This year’s summer reading focuses on the idea of a journey. No doubt you’ve come across the idea before -- maybe through your classes or through your personal experiences. We’ve selected some pieces for you to focus on and to read about so that way you can come into next year with this idea percolating in the back of your mind. We will use this idea as our starting point for next year. Follow the instructions below to get started.
We look forward to meeting you next year (whatever that looks like)!
Ron VanDon Barbara Henson