5th Form Summer Assignment
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Welcome to the Fifth Form!
The passage from the fourth form to the fifth form begins the next phase of your own Hero’s Journey. This year, you all will be challenged to exhibit leadership and a new sense of commitment and responsibility - both to our school-community and to your own journey, since this is a pivotal year in the college selection process.
One skill all students must master is “Frame of Reference Detection.” As you learned last year, a person’s Frame of Reference influences his/her thoughts and behavior. A person’s Frame of Reference influences the opinions he/she forms about issues and determines how he/she views the world.
With this in mind, therefore, our summer reading assignment will begin the process of honing your skills for “Frame of Reference Detection.”
Each fifth former is required to read two books this summer:
1. All fifth form students must read Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.
2. All students in the regular, non-Advance Placement section of United States History are also required to read George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.
3. AP US History students must read The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America by John Demos instead of George Washington's Secret Six.
Each fifth former is required to complete the following assignment:
Regular sections: To demonstrate your understanding of the concept of frame of reference AND your reading of the books, you have a choice of either (a) writing a compare and contrast essay about either book or (b) creating a work of art or original music or original video that explores at least five significant areas in which the Loyalist frame of reference clashed with the Patriot frame of reference in George Washington's Secret Six . Be sure to cite specific evidence from the text to back up your points.
Advance Placement section: AP students, using the GREEF analytical framework, must craft a well-written essay that compares and contrasts the culture of the Native Americans with that of the colonists in The Unredeemed Captive. Be sure to quote specific examples from the text to back up your points. (You may, instead of the essay, create a work of art, original music or video that compares and contrasts the two cultures using GREEF.)
If you have questions about this assignment, feel free to email your Form Dean, Ms. Nancy Lyon at lyonn [at] southkentschool.org.