For all BOSS students:

Dear BOSS Scholar: 

The curriculum for English begins this summer with a required reading assignment. You must select and read two books from the lists below. You must also have a reading log for one selected book. All reading logs will be collected by your English teacher at the start of the 2020-21 academic school year. Late work will receive half credit ONLY

For each book you choose you must keep a record, also known as a log, of your reading. Neatly record all log entries on loose-leaf, in a composition notebook, or if you prefer, it may be typed. Clearly label the title of each book; include the author’s name and range of pages. Below, there is an example of how you should format each log. In this log, you will choose a significant passage, quote, or dialogue, then write a response. 



For each book, you must complete the following:  


1. Choose SIX (6) passages or quotes.  Be sure to include TWO (2) entries for the beginning, TWO (2) for the middle, and TWO (2) for the end. 


2. Copy each passage or quote on blank white paper and write the page number. On that same blank page, select and respond to at least ONE (1) of the following reading prompts for EACH passage or quote. Copy the selected reading prompt. Each response must consist of at least 4-5 sentences 


PLEASE NOTE: A sample of the reading log for each literary work is below.


  1. Who is speaking? Where does this particular scene take place (setting)? Explain the character’s thoughts, motives, and actions (i.e. What does the person mean?). 

  2. What does this passage reveal about the character(s) or ideas in this book? What is your opinion of the character(s)? Use textual evidence to support your response. 

  3. What literary device/technique (i.e. symbolism, flashback, irony, metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, etc.) does the author use to express meaning? 

  4. I agree/disagree with the idea/statement that….. 

  5. I think the message the author is trying to express is….. 

  6. If I were (include the character’s name), …..OR: If I were (specify the situation/ dilemma, etc.),  I would have said/done…..

(Sample of a STRONG Response) 


Book Title: 1984 

Author: George Orwell 


Page Range: 1-73 


Entry #1: “The frightening thing, he reflected for the ten thousandth time as he forced his shoulders painfully backward… If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death” (Orwell 34). 


Reading Prompt:  Question #2: How would you summarize the idea expressed here? 

 Winston is participating in routine exercise in this part of the book. Everyone has to do it and if you don’t you can get in trouble. As he is doing the exercise, his mind wanders. He begins to think that his government is too controlling and gets off track. The woman in the Telescreen yells at him and he gets back to exercising correctly. He thinks that the control the Party has over people and history is worse than death or torture.

SUGGESTED BOOK TITLES: these titles are available at NYC Public Libraries both in print, eBook format, and audiobook.

If you need a New York Public Library Card, apply here.   You may also apply for a Brooklyn Public Library Card, apply here.  (You only need to live in New York State to apply for a card.)  

You will need to download the Libby app.  Click on the title of the book to learn more about the book and to check them out from the library.  If you need help, please email  Visit the  Graphic Arts Campus Library website for more recommendations.  


Title                                                                              Author                    Genre       Lexile Level

Tears of a Tiger                                                        Sharon Draper        YA                             700

First They Killed My Father                                       Luong Ung             Memoir                     920

The House on Mango Street                                    Sandra Cisneros     Coming of Age         860

In the Time of the Butterflies                                    Julia Alvarez            Historical Fiction       910

Down These Mean Streets                                       Piri Thomas             Memoir                     820

The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game                 Oscar Roberston     Autobiography

Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.  Luis J. Rodriguez    Autobiography

Jaws                                                                         Peter Benchley        Adventure

Christine                                                                   Stephen King           Horror                     840

The Count of Monte Cristo                                        Alexandre Dumas   Adventure              1080

I Am Malala                                                               Malala Yousafzai     Memoir                  1000

Chinese Cinderella                                                    Adeline Yen Mah    Memoir                    960

The Poet X                                                                Elizabeth Acevedo  Poetry                      800

Like A Love Story                                                      Abdi Nazemian       Historical Fiction

On the Up Come                                                      Angie Thomas         Realistic Fiction HL550L

Patron Saint of Nothing                                            Randy Ribay            Realistic Fiction     840L

Butterfly Yellow                                                         Thanhha Lai            Historical Fiction       850

War Girls                                                                  Tochi Onyebuchi     Fantasy                     650

Wilder Girls                                                              Rory Power              Horror                HL730L

The Lovely War                                                        Julie Berry               Romance           HL650L

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter                Erika L. Sanchez     Coming of Age  HL730L

Two Can Keep A Secret                                           Karen M. McManus YA-Mystery        HL730L

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card            Sara Saedi              YA - Memoir         1030L

Fallen Angels                                                           Walter Dean Myers  Historical Fiction

The Hate U Give                                                      Angie Thomas          YA-Fiction          HL590L

Push                                                                        Sapphire                   Fiction

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time        Mark Haddon            YA-Mystery         1090L

The Alchemist                                                          Paulo Coelho            Fiction                   910L

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian     Sherman Alexie        YA Fiction  Fiction600L