Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Literature Circle assignment

Summer Literature Circle time is almost upon us!

The assignment can be found here: Literature Circle Assignment

The librarian curated list of book suggestions is here: Book Suggestions

If you are looking for an ebook or an audiobook of any of the titles, please contact your librarians!

Audiobook of Parable of the Sower can be found HERE.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Boston Arts Academy - Literature Circle Summer Reading

Every year at Boston Arts Academy, we select books for our Literature  Circle Summer Reading. Last year, we did one book for the whole school, and it was a success. We will be doing one book again this summer. This summer, the book is:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Set in the 2020s where society has largely collapsed due to climate change, growing wealth inequality, and corporate greed, Parable of the Sower centers on a young woman named Lauren Oya Olamina who possesses what Butler dubbed hyperempathy or "sharing" – the ability to feel pain and other sensations she witnesses. As a teenager growing up in the remnants of a gated community near Los Angeles, she begins to develop a new belief system, which she comes to call Earthseed. When the community's security is compromised, her home is destroyed and her family is murdered, and she travels north with other survivors. Society outside the community walls has reverted to chaos due to resource scarcity and poverty, and mixed race relationships are stigmatized amid attacks against religious and ethnic minorities. Lauren believes that humankind's destiny is to travel beyond Earth and live on other planets, forcing humankind into its adulthood, and that Earthseed is preparation for this destiny. She gathers followers along her journey north and founds the first Earthseed community, Acorn, in Northern California.

Students can check out this book from Boston Public Library over the summer. We will have some copies available before the end of the school year here at Boston Arts Academy.  For students who like to read in a digital format, please come see Ms. D in the library to discuss possibilities. We will be posting a link to the digital audiobook as soon as we have it.

If students or parents have any questions about the book, the assignment, or anything else related to summer reading, please ask your Seminar teacher. 

Thank you!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Summer Reading List from Boston Public Library


Boston Arts Academy will be posting out summer reading assignment soon and will also be going over it in Seminar classes. The link above will lead you to the summer reading lists from Boston Public Library.

Summer Reading List 9-12