Incoming grade 9 students are required to read the bestselling book I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. This book recounts a letter correspondence between a twelve year old girl from Pennsylvania and a fourteen year old boy from Zimbabwe. The book focuses on their developing friendship and demonstrates how small actions can have an enormous impact, transforming people’s lives.
When students begin language arts classes in September at Bristol-Plymouth, students will be required to demonstrate familiarity with the text through a variety of activities which will include but not be limited to tests, writing assignments and projects; these will comprise a portion of the first term grade in language arts.
In order to facilitate understanding of the text and to assist in the development of skills that will need for your classroom activities, students will be required to complete the accompanying assignments. Each activity, which is related to designated chapters in the text, is designed to increase comprehension. Completion of the activities is part of the required summer reading assignment and must be brought to school in September.
Copies of I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, can be signed out at the Bristol-Plymouth main office between the hours of 8am and 2pm, Monday-Friday, from June 26th through July 28th.
Handouts of the required assignments will be given to the student when receiving a copy of the book. The book is not readily available for purchase, so there are enough for all students to borrow. Audio copies will also be available to borrow for those students with documented need.