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Summer Reading

As the end of the school year approaches, it is time to start looking to summer activities and the 2016-2017 school year. The Teurlings English Department has big plans for the summer and we need your help.

Studies show that students can lose up to three months of their reading skills over the summer break. This can have detrimental, long-term effects that can adversely impact students throughout their educational endeavors. In an effort to inspire TCH students to continue to read throughout the summer, the Teurlings’ summer reading program is expanding. 

Incoming freshmen must choose one of the following: Bluefish (by Pat Schmatz), The Age of Miracles (by Karen Thompson Walker), Gym Candy (by Carl Deuker), or The Hiding Place (by Corrie Ten Boom). In addition to this, 9th grade students taking Honors English must read Out of the Silent Planet (by C.S. Lewis). 

Teurlings Catholic High School students moving to the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade will be required to read a book of their choosing. In order to ensure that this project is successful and constructive, the teachers need your help. As partners in your child’s education, we are asking you to encourage your child to read and to be sure that your child is in fact approaching this project with integrity. In other words, your child’s book must be on the student’s grade level and it must be a book that the student has never read before.  Books must be at least 150 pages long.

For the 10th-12th graders, suggested reading lists are readily available online. The English teachers will be directing students to these sites in class. Of course, many books available to high school readers are not appropriate. Please be sure that your child is reading something that you are comfortable with. AR Book Finder (under the Collections tab) and Common Sense Media both have links available to alert parents to any questionable content in many books. Reading the book along with your child is another way to ensure that you are comfortable with your child’s book, and to start a dialogue with your child about issues that the book may bring up.

Please fill out the attached permission slip. Your child will not receive credit for a book that he/she has not had approved by a parent or guardian. We will not be testing in the summer. Your child will be testing, discussing, and/or writing about their book during the first week of school. The study guides will be posted on the TCH website by the end of May.

In addition to this, Honors and Dual Enrollment students will be required to read an assigned text. Please see the attached list. 

Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions, please email Vivica Marino, English Department Chair, at



All 9th graders and any students testing on assigned books in their honors and dual enrollment English classes should study the listed vocabulary words and should be prepared for a test on their novel. The tests will be administered during the first full week of school and will assess the students' comprehension of the novel.

Click here for the 9th-12th Grade Vocabulary List

Click here for the 10th-12th Grade Optional Book Study Guide


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