The English Department encourages you to read as much as possible this summer: to get lost in a book, meet inspiring characters, marvel in the wonders of language, find solace in a story, and find new ways to look at the world. Below are the required text(s) for each course. In addition to the required text(s), students will choose two additional texts from the lists below. They represent a wide range of content and genres and we urge you to try something new and challenging. As always, consult with a trusted adult if you are unsure about a particular text. Returning students may also choose to read a text that was distributed to them by an English teacher, but that they were not able to read during the course of the school year.
If you are unsure which English class you may be taking, please note that academic schedules and placements are forthcoming, and will be confirmed shortly after completing your academic placement tests. Please feel free to email English Department Chair Megan Mulhern for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Summer 2021, grades 6-12 and all adults will read Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. This All-School Read will bring us together at the beginning of the year to discuss a wonderful book that offers themes of the Walker’s Capabilities Approach Program.
Akata Witch is the story of Sunny, a girl on a journey of self-discovery where she learns that she has natural powers and abilities that help her and her friends change the world. This is more surprising because Sunny is Nigerian, but was born in America and her Nigerian classmates see her as an outsider. Worse, she is an albino, an obvious target for bullies and suspected of being a ghost or a witch. By developing her natural abilities, when combined with and bolstered by others, Sunny is able to flourish and make a big difference to a lot of people.
The All-School Read will be followed up by discussion groups during orientation in the fall, and is expected of the entire Walker’s community. Please consider some of the themes of the book and of Walker’s Capabilities Approach Program as you read:
Please contact Director of the Walker’s Capabilities Approach Program Ned Edwards with questions at email@example.com.