Over the summer, you will be doing a collection of readings in preparation for the beginning of Year 13.

For each of the assignments. you need to write three (3) blog posts of at least 100 words and post them to the Reading the World blog.  You must also comment on at least three (3) of your classmate’s blog posts.

  1. The Great Gatsby 

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a classic of American literature. Set in the post-World War I “Jazz Era,” Gatsbyis a story of love, ambition, reckless materialism, and the challenges of freedom.As you read, you should evaluate and prepare to discuss and explore at length the following controversial claim: “Bangkok in the 2010s is New York City in the 1920s.” What does this claim make you think about? What possible meanings might it have? How could you choose to evaluate or research this supposed comparison in terms of economics, business, culture, government, music, art? (Note: we’ll be spending a good deal of time next term considering this claim–so make sure you dig into it and explore it fully on your own over the summer to prepare for discussion.)You need to read the novel carefully, annotating the text using all of the skills of reflection and critical thinking you’ve developed this past year. The first week back, your Reading the World teacher will be collecting your books to review your notes.

    At the start of Term 1, you should expect writing and research assignments that build upon your careful reading of The Great Gatsby.

    Blog Requirement: three (3) posts demonstrating a critical, personal response to The Great Gatsby on any relevant topic; three (3) respectful, critical responses to your classmates’ blog posts. Tags: Year 13, The Great Gatsby.

  2. A-Level Recommended Reading

    Over the summer, you should read at least one (1) more book on the Recommended Reading list prepared by your A-Level teachers. (But we encourage you to read as many books as you can, across your different A-level subjects).Choose texts that will:        + Deepen &/or widen your understanding of your A-level subject
    + Challenge your previous assumptions
    + Provoke new thought
    + Prepare you to write and speak intelligently about your interests
    + Provide material for personal statements, essays, and interviewsBlog Requirement: three (3) posts demonstrating a critical, personal response to your chosen text, on any relevant topic; three (3) respectful, critical responses to your classmates’ blog posts. Tags: Year 12, Wider Reading.


  3. Advanced Diploma Research

    If you have expressed interest in pursuing the Reading the World Advanced Diploma course (Term 2A) after completing the foundational course, you know that you should be conducting background research in your areas of interest.This research–in books and journals, as well as interviews with relevant researchers or professionals–will serve as the foundation for your proposal (due October 29). Use your summer months to read widely in your subjects of interest, gradually narrowing your interests by the start of Term 1.You should speak with your A-Level Teachers, as well as Mr Cheney, if you have additional questions about what this research should entail.