Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What America’s most prestigious private schools are making students read this summer

The Other Wes Moore

The summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.

It’s a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you’ve always meant to start.

But students at some of America’s most prestigious private schools are digging into substantial works this summer. The required or suggested texts relate to politics, race and identity, and then there are some of those high school classics.

Check out the 2017 reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:

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The Hotchkiss School — Lakeville, Connecticut

All students must read:

• The Other Wes Moore,” by Wes Moore.

Seniors must:

• Read (novel) — “The Things They Carried,” by Tim O’Brien

• Watch — “The Hunger Games,” by Gary Ross (2012)

• Read (poem) — The Powwow at the End of the World,” by Sherman Alexie



Deerfield Academy — Deerfield, Massachusetts

Students must read four books that they choose from a list of over 50. Titles on the list include:

• “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance

• “The Short and Tragic life of Robert Peace,” by Jeff Hobbs

“Half of a Yellow Sun,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“A Clockwork Orange,” by Anthony Burgess

“Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison

“Madame Bovary,” by Gustave Flaubert

The Harker School — San Jose, California

English teachers at the school put together the following list of recommended summer reading:

• “Beloved,” Toni Morrison

“Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” by Joan Didion

“Native Son,” by Richard Wright

“Interpreter of Maladies,” by Jhumpa Lahiri

“The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan

• “Beowulf,” Seamus Heaney



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

June 13, 2017 at 11:08PM

from Abby Jackson