Pre-AP World Geography
Summer Reading Assignment
Hutto High School

Dear Students:
First of all, welcome to Pre-AP World Geography. I hope that you enjoy your summer, but feel that I need to inform you of the expectations of the class. This course focuses on emphasizing the student’s critical thinking and analytical skills through various projects including interpretation of primary and secondary source materials. Students will use their knowledge of spatial relationships, systematic physical and human processes and the interaction between people and their environment to make intelligent decisions as citizens. The course requires a great amount of work to be done outside of class. There will be reading assignments almost every night and all work must be done on time as there will be no work accepted late. If you are willing to accept these responsibilities and are ready to be challenged, then welcome to Pre-AP World Geography!
Summer Reading Assignment
Students are to read Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson over the summer. The book is about Isaac Cline (Head of the weather department in Galveston at the turn of the 20th century) and his experiences during the Hurricane of 1900 that killed over 6,000 people in Galveston. The book can be purchased at most bookstores or through the internet. Students will come back from the summer break prepared to discuss and complete assignments from the book.
Over the summer you will read Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson. Your assignment is to analyze these aspects of the book. (1) Identify and explain the author's thesis statement; (2) explain the author's main points; and (3) provide a critical analysis and (4) provide on a separate piece of paper 5 typed upper level thinking questions. This critical analysis paper should be typed and carefully edited. Be as detailed as possible and be ready to discuss various aspects of the book in class. The assignments should be typed and are due the 2nd day of school.
From Merriam Webster’s Dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com)
Critical – exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation
Analysis - the separation and identification of the parts of a whole



To help you organize your thoughts, plan your outline, and construct your critical analysis, you may visit any of these helpful web pages.
http://www2.selu.edu/Academics/Faculty/elejeune/critique.htm
http://owl.waol.org/handouts/critique.pdf
http://www.hws.edu/academics/ctl/pdf/critique.pdf
Your final product should be stapled in this order and ready to turn in on the 2nd day of school.
1. Cover sheet – Your Name, Pre-AP World Geography, Issac’s Storm Critical Analysis
2. The author’s thesis statement and supporting main points in outline format
3. 250-500 word critical analysis (this is NOT a summary – see above)
4. 5 questions typed– questions should be in “how” or “why” format – separate sheet of paper
Bring your Isaac’s Storm book to class with you and be prepared to use it to take a multiple choice test over the reading after the first week of school.
If you have any questions regarding the assignment, feel free to email me at christopher.brasher@hutto.txed.net
Do not wait until the last minute to do this assignment. This assignment will be a major grade. Major grades count 50% of your overall average for the 6 weeks.
Sincerely,

Mr. Brasher
Hutto High School
Pre-AP World Geography
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