notes for parents

What about Reading Assignments?

1. ONE book per month.

2.  Find the Book!

Parents please make sure your student has the book on time! First class in each month we will choose the next month's book!   I will give links to free online sources when possible.   Most are available in the public library! There will also be a link to amazon where you can purchase the book if you wish. 

3.  Golden Lines Journal

I will assign a student directed journal for reading, but there will be little class discussion.


4.  Parent Advisory!

PARENTS: Please check out these books!  I would allow MY child to read them but these are not my children.  You have the final say on all books!  Your students are approaching high school and some books introduce more adult themes, may contain some bad language, or may be more emotionally involved than your student is ready for.  I assure you, I have chosen them for some reason!

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Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

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The Count of Monte Cristo by AlexanderDumas

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Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.

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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

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December Book

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?
As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the "S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.
Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.
What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.
In short, it's about everything.

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Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum  my amazon affiliate link   online free  at gutenberg

Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  my Amazon affiliate link    at Gutenberg

Neverending Story by Michael Ende  my Amazon affiliate link      Winnipeg Library  



A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.


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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende       Winnipeg Library         Amazon Affiliate Link

Holes by Louis Sachar   Open Library          Winnipeg Library        Amazon Affiliate Link

Inquisitor’s Tale: Or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog   Wpg library (book, ebook)          Amazon Affiliate Link

Poppy Field


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Alex is an 11-year-old Jewish boy living in a Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II with his father and their friend, Boruch. German soldiers come into the Ghetto and send people into trains to be taken away (most likely to concentration camps). Alex and his father get separated, and soon Alex has to learn how to kill time in the empty ghetto by himself. As it turns out the ghetto is not entirely empty!  He finds himself in an abandoned, bombed out building where he seeks refuge.  He has to hunt for food on his own and still stay hidden from soldiers. It is a great test for Alex to see if he can make it through tough conditions, and also wait for the arrival of his father.

Need more reading?

 My Survival: A Girl on Schindler’s List by Joshua M Greene         The Book Thief by Warkus Zusak               

  The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom       

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September Book

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.
Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
56 Chapters - 2 chapters per day
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All Sharon Watson Curricula used with permission.

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