First Year Experience
61 Sever Street
Worcester, Ma 01609
Summer Reading Assignment
As you prepare for your first semester at Becker, we would like to challenge you to improve your reading skills. Reading-like any sport, talent, passion, or skill you are trying to perfect–requires practice. The more you read, the better skill set you can develop and the better prepared you will be for the rigor of college writing.
Every first year student will be required to read Looking for Alaska prior to the start of the fall semester. There will be a quiz on the themes of the book and extensive discussion in your First Year Experience course. In addition, English composition courses will be utilizing the book in a writing assignment. In order to be successful in these classes, it is crucial to read the book completely before coming to Becker.
You will receive a free copy of the book during summer orientation. This is your copy, so feel free to make notes and mark up the book as you identify important themes, quotes, and discussion topics in the book. Please bring the book with you when you come to your English and First Year Experience courses this fall.
Looking for Alaska follows a year in the life of student Miles Halter, a friendless Floridian who begged his parents to enroll him in the Culver Creek boarding school. Miles dreams of starting anew at his elite Alabama prep school, of finding Francois Rabelais’s “The Great Perhaps.” At school, he falls in with a prankster of a roommate, the Colonel, and the sassy, sexy, messed-up Alaska Young. For an unforgettable 128 days, Miles learns life lessons in love, loyalty, friendship, literature, and poetry, as well as experiences the thrill of a first girlfriend. When tragedy strikes Culver Creek, Miles is forced to undertake an even closer examination of his own character and relationship with his friends.
This is an outstanding coming-of-age novel that has already proved to be a favorite teen read. The characters are well-drawn, witty, and full of individual quirks and spunk. Green even manages to bring in the reality of cigarettes and alcohol without a preachy or over-glorifying tone. This novel has won the Teen’s Top 10 award as well as the Printz Award.
Important questions to consider while reading the book:
For more information, please contact:
Director of First Year Experience