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RHS Summer Reading 2019

Rockland High School is committed to promoting student literacy and a love of reading.  We offer many extracurricular literary activities throughout the year, including our IMAGES Literary Magazine, a Poetry Out Loud Competition, and the Spellman Oratorical to name a few. Over the summer, students are asked to read one book from the list below.  Students are asked to complete a photo essay with a minimum of 5 photographs with notations. The purpose of the photo essay assignment is to allow students to express their reaction to an essay prompt through visuals. Notations should only be one sentence long and can be in the form of a question or comment about their image. Completed photo essays should be emailed to Mr. Harrison ( by September 3, 2019. Students who submit thoughtful and completed photo essays will be considered for Rockland Bulldog prizes.


In addition to selecting one of the summer reading selections below, students should complete any additional summer homework assignments that may have been assigned for Honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Photo Essay Prompt:

In each novel, characters triumph over adversity to find and define their own sense of community. In a photo essay, show what you define as a community and relate it to a conflict or character within the book you chose.


Here is an example of a completed photo essay.


Accessing Summer Reading Books:

Check with Rockland Memorial Library! Here is a link to their catalog so you can see what is available.

Most of the books are accessible in digital format from Boston Public Library. Register for an ecard to rent the digital copy.

Once you have registered, search for the title you’d like to read at the Boston Public Library website. If there’s a waitlist for the book, fret not! There are multiple copies so the book should be available soon. Simply sign up for the waitlist at the beginning of the summer, then you will be notified when the book is yours to read.


Here are the detailed descriptions of the Summer Reading options. Enjoy!


*Please note- the summaries are courtesy of GoodReads.

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