Fostering Community Through Shared Intellectual Experience
在一个24小时新闻循环的世界里, 网络游戏, and social media constantly distract and compete for our attention, the faculty here at 多宝体育官网 believe in the power of reading to instill compassion, 创造力, 正念, 以及学生的幸福感.
Countless studies show that reading promotes empathy, 想象力, 神经元的刺激, and heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex.
“The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist. We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something else may be happening biologically.”
---Gregory Berns, Researcher and Director of Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy
Watching film adaptations or reading online summaries like SparkNotes, while potentially interesting and time-saving, cannot compare to engaging with and connecting to the texts themselves. 学生将会欺骗自己, as well as infringing upon the Northwood Honor Code, by substituting these sources for actual reading. In other words, you are required to read the books. If so preferred, electronic (e-books) are acceptable for completing the readings.
考虑到这一点, we offer you this summer’s list of required reading for returning and incoming 多宝体育官网 students. Please note that all students are required to read the All-school Read as well as the books specific to the English course they are entering. Any questions can be directed to Noël Carmichael, Dean of Academic Affairs.
多宝体育官网's 所有学校读 is designed to foster a sense of community by encouraging a shared intellectual experience across the school. The 所有学校读 tradition at Northwood has been in place for more than thirty years. Recent titles have included The Other Wes Moore: One Name, 两个命运(韦斯·摩尔), The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives (Dashka Slater), 完整(劳拉•希伦布兰德), Where You Go Is Not What You'll Be (Frank Bruni), 圣桥. Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder), Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen J. 我是马拉拉(马拉拉·尤萨夫扎伊). 每年春天, 教员委员会, 工作人员, and administration selects a book to be read by all members of the school community before arriving the academic year begins.
Our theme for the 2021-2022 school year is Resilience.
船上的男孩们: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
牢不可破的读者, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. 这从一开始就不太可能. 由伐木工的儿子们组成的团队, 船厂工人, 和农民, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, 但他们所做的, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, 没有家庭和前途的少年, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, 对非凡成就的庆祝, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
There is an audiobook version available on Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/The-Boys-in-the-Boat-Audiobook/B00D3PBYAE
There is a Young Adult version of the book by the same title which students can choose to read: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318395/the-boys-in-the-boat-young-readers-adaptation-by-daniel-james-brown/