Hello Incoming 9th Graders!
Welcome to Drew! We are so excited to meet you when school resumes in August!
Each year, we ask students to read a book over the summer, which we use to launch our English classes. This summer, we are asking you to read This I Believe. It’s a collection of short personal essays where the authors explain their personal philosophies, using colorful details and stories from their lives. In 9th grade, we spend a lot of time making personal connections with the stories we read and spend time reflecting on our own beliefs. This is a perfect book to begin our year!
We will spend the first two weeks of English class on this text, so please read diligently. As you read, you might consider (lightly) annotating, writing down notes after reading an essay you particularly enjoy, or recording your verbal reflections. The goal is for you to engage with the text as you read and start school ready to delve into these essays! These are powerful and engaging essays, so we hope you enjoy them!
If you have any questions over the summer, please email me (email@example.com)!
English Department Chair
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