Lower House (9th and 10th grade) reading assignment:
#1. Choose a Harvest 2014 book:
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
- Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Reader’s Edition (the bright purple one!) by Michael Pollan
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
After reading the book you will write a one page reflective response.
Email your response to email@example.com
by Sunday, August 24th
Your reflections can cover any aspect of your reading experience. Tell us how the book made you feel, what the book made you consider more deeply, and how you analyzed the book. Please use at least two quotations from the book as evidence to support your thoughts.
Possible starters for reflections:
I wonder why . . . I like the way the author . . .
This book reminds me of . . . I think the writer is trying to say…
The most important theme is… My argument about this book is…
I would/wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend because . . .
#2. Read any FOUR OTHER BOOKS of your choice
Like mystery? Romance? Suspense? Teenage phenomenon involving vampires? Tales of children surviving on their own? Pick books you really want to read. Any book is open to you.
For each of these books, write a reflection using the above prompts and, also add one paragraph about which book was your favorite and why. Email your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday August 24
This assignment will count as your first English grade, so make sure to ace it!
Your teachers have been talking and we really want to teach you one more lesson this year. To do this we are going to beat you in basketball on Friday. Please email/call/facebook all your friends with the following details so that there are lots of people there to learn from us!
Students should bring water and tissues to wipe their tears after their inevitable loss.
Join the Harvest Collegiate community on Thursday, June 12th as we hold our second Talent Show at 5:30 p.m.
The event will showcase student performances in song, dance, poetry, step and our specially-assembled faculty band with a tribute to our student body.
Anyone outside of students’ families must have advance permission from the Principal to attend.
As a reminder — we will be heading in our advisories on Friday to a Field Day on Governor’s Island after another round of Gateway presentations and Algebra Regents prep. Please bring in your permission slip or you will be stuck in school!
Over the last few weeks, the Harvest Collegiate community has been celebrating the hard work of students who presented their Gateway projects to their peers, families and teachers.
More than 140 presentations were given during Gateway Symposia as panels of students shared their analysis in Science, Math, English Literature and History. Students are required to successfully present two of their four Gateway projects to be promoted to Harvest’s Upper House.
Topics included “Reading Motivations, Manhood and the Mind in A Raisin in the Sun,” understanding the cause and effect of genocides – both the Holocaust and Rwanda 1994 – and the moral imperative of preventing another and the beauty of precise dimensions, symmetry and constructive calculations in the construction of our school building.
Another round of presentations will be given this Friday, June 13th.
Harvest students took to the stage during several recent performances.
The Harvest Collegiate Theater Troupe performed scenes and group numbers from Broadway musicals “Once,” “Hairspray,” “Kiss me Kate” and others during a Musical Theater review on May 22.
Harvest’s band made its public debut a week later, performing “Acclaim March” in a spring concert. The choir performed “Cups,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Blackbird” and a medley of “ABC” and “I Want you Back,” with students taking over piano accompaniment responsibilities for two numbers.
The next Harvest performance will be a Talent Show on June 12.
Friday, April 11th is the last day of classes before spring break. Students will return to school on Wednesday, April 23rd. Both are full school days, and clubs will be held.
Have a safe and relaxing break!