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Celtic Summer Reading 2021

 

 

Saint Hedwig School’s summer reading program is based on the Catholic Church’s Social Justice Themes: Care for God’s Creation, Solidarity, Call to Family, and Human Dignity.  The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.

 

Students will be reading one assigned book connected to their social justice theme and additional free choice books appropriate for their individual reading level.  Upon returning to school in August, students will be completing assignments across the curriculum based on the books they read.

 

Care for God’s Creation (Grades: K-2)

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.

 

Incoming Kindergarten Students:

Assigned Reading: The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Free Reading: one free choice book to be read together with a parent

 

Incoming First Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: The Elephant’s New Shoe  by Laurel Neme

Free Reading: one free choice book to be read together with a parent

 

Incoming Second Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

Solidarity (Grades: 3-4)

We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’  keepers, wherever they may be. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace.

 

Incoming Third Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Rich by Nikki Grimes

Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

Incoming Fourth Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

 

 

 

Call to Family (Grades: 5-6)

The person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined.

 

Incoming Fifth Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

Incoming Sixth Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

Free Reading: one free choice book at individual student reading level

 

 

Human Dignity (Grades: 7-8)

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.

 

Incoming Seventh Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Free Reading: two free choice books at individual student reading level

 

Incoming Eighth Grade Students:

Assigned Reading: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Free Reading: two free choice books at individual student reading level