Maine South Summer Reading and Listening 2023
Welcome to the 2023 Summer Reading & Listening Program! We hope that this letter finds you and your family well and ready to explore a book or podcast! Our academic departments, student services, and student clubs of Maine South have curated a diverse list of high interest and high quality summer reading and listening titles to choose from with the assistance of school librarian, Suzanne Kowalski. Our hope is that our list points students in the direction of reading and listening experiences that will offer a window or mirror to a subject that interests them. Also included, is the Summer 2023 Required Reading for English 2 Accelerated & AP English Courses.
We recommend that each student read or listen to at least one of the titles on this list. We base this recommendation on what we know about the positive impact that reading and listening have on brain development. Additionally, we want Maine South students to continue learning, pursuing interests, and nurturing curiosities during the summer. We hope they find the books or podcasts in this year’s program to be both interesting and engaging, and we invite other family members to join in on the reading and listening too!
The books on this list are all available in a number of formats, and we have provided information about all of the ways that students can access texts. Students should also feel free to find and read a digital, or listen to an audio, copy of their selection. A limited number of copies of the summer reading titles (e-books and audiobooks) are available digitally through Maine South’s online library. Additionally, local libraries have been notified of the list and students can find both physical and digital copies of the texts there.
We have included a series of resources (see below) to assist students and families in selecting summer reading books. After reviewing information available for each book, we encourage families to make a decision that they feel is appropriate for their student’s summer reading. If you have any questions, please contact any of the individuals listed below.
Students, the teachers of Maine South look forward to hearing your thoughts about your selections at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year!
Associate Principal for Student Experiences
| Julianna Cucci
English Department Chair
|Johanna Abend||AP Language & Composition, English 1|
|Paul Bellisario||AP Literature & Composition, English 3|
|Laura Bertalmio||English 1, English 3|
|Robert Brown||English 2, The Graphic Novel|
|Julianna Cucci||English 1|
|Garrett Fechner||Applied Literacy, Literature & Film Study, Literature for College & Career, Sports and Literature|
|Carolyn Ford||English 2, English 2 Accelerated|
|Dan Gonzalez||Composition 1|
|Colleen Hatch||English 1|
|Chris Headley||AP Literature & Composition, English 3, Literature Seminar|
|Richard Jones||AP English Literature & Composition, Composition 1, English 3, Yearbook|
|Laura Kirshner||AP Literature & Composition, English 2 Accelerated, Sports in Literature|
|Teri Knight||AP Language & Composition, English 1|
|Jason Marsicano||English 1, Literature of Chicago, Sports in Literature|
|Jim McGowan||AP Language & Composition, English 3, Yearbook|
|Sheila Miller||AP Language & Composition, English 1|
|Eve Muir-Wilson||Applied Literacy, Fundamentals of Literacy|
|Zanfina Muja||English 1|
|Megan Palm||English 2 Accelerated|
|Darcie Schanou||AP English Literature & Composition, English 2 Accelerated|
|Jon Scorza||English 2, English 2 Accelerated|
|Alex Stathakis||English 1, Literature of Chicago, Newspaper Practicum, Southwords|
|Kevin Stock||Creative Writing, Composition 1 Extended, English 3|
Engagement as a citizen, in a career, and as a lifelong learner, requires strong literacy skills, and English classes provide a deep foundation for students with reading, writing, listening, and speaking. English classes range from focusing on reading and understanding fiction and non-fiction text, conducting original research, and writing and speaking for a variety of audiences. Additionally, there are a number of courses that offer college credit as part of successful course completion through both Advanced Placement tests as well as through dual-credit with Oakton Community College.
The major goals of English classes are that students will be able, at various levels of skill development to…
- read with understanding and fluency
- understand the expressed meaning in literature representative of various societies, eras, and ideas
- write in order to communicate for a variety of purposes
- listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations
- use reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to research and apply information for specific purposes.
Regardless of the course selected, students will have experiences leading them to the successful accomplishment of these five goals.