Students and faculty share their current reading selections and favorites:
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
“I am a huge fan of Tina Fey. I think she’s hysterical. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants a funny, relaxing, enjoyable read.” — Alex R. (Grade 11)
A Brief History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
“This book puts life in a new perspective. Bryson makes you appreciate how fortunate you are to exist in this exact moment in time. I strongly recommend this book for those who are deep thinkers and are interested in philsophy.” –Jack U. (Grade 11)
Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble. �
“A dying mother gives her four daughters advice about the obstacles and tribulations they will experience when she is no longer around to dispense advice.” — Jamie S. (Faculty)
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 by Alexander Gordon Smith
“This is a terrific book about a young boy framed for killing his best friend. He has to battle against powerful forces to escape the world’s most secure prison.” –John S. (Grade 6) –
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
“I love this book. It is about a young girl who runs away with her mother and brother to London in order to escape an abusive father. They then try to set up a new life for themselves.” Rachael S. (Grade 6)
Test your literary knowledge by matching the opening lines below with the titles of the works that follow.
1. Mother died today. Or maybe it was yesterday, I don’t know.
2. Call me Ishmael.
3. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
4. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like…
5. All this happened, more or less.
6. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
7. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
8. When he was thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
9. It was love at first sight.
10. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
A. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22
B. Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome
C. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye
D. George Orwell’s 1984
E. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
F. Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities
G. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
H. Albert Camus’ The Stranger
I. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five
J. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
1. H 2. G 3. D 4. C 5. I 6. B 7. J 8. E 9. A 10. F
Calling all poets! April is National Poetry Month, and the English Department will be celebrating with a collection and display of students’ original poems, as well as numerous readings in classes and morning meetings.
Students and teachers are encouraged to share their original works or verse from their favorite poets. This initative was kicked off by one of our Grade 11 students, who read one of her original pieces of poetry in a morning meeting after Spring Break. Students are encouraged to speak with their English teachers if interested in reading poems at these morning meetings. And, of course, the highlight of Poetry Month will be a very special Poetry Slam that will take place on the third Thursday of the month (April 19). Make plans to join us as we celebrate the joy of language and poetry (while enjoying a snack or two) at 10:30 in the Haugen Hall atrium.
“Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.” — Thomas Gray
Check out some of the projects Grade 7 students completed after their reading of Through My Eyes. The projects detailed the stories of children being exploited somewhere in the world.
A Middle School student receives some advice and tips for her writing from an Upper School student.
The English Department has recently started an initiative by which students in Upper School classes visit the Middle School to assist younger students with their writing. Grade 9 students, for instance, recently visited Grade 6 to read, respond to, and offer useful feedback for the students’ personal fiction pieces. The Upper School contingent enjoyed playing the role of mentors tothe younger students, and the Middle School students benefited from the feedback that their visitors provided.
Staten Island Academy is a community of strong readers and writers, and such initiaitives will undoubtedly foster and enrich the writing experience and create a model for interdivisional sharing and learning.