God created by His word. God gave Israel the Ten Words (the Ten Commandments). God delivered His word through the prophets. The Bible is God’s word preserved for us. Jesus is the Word made flesh. God chose to reveal Himself in and through His word and through words.
Seems like the priority of the Word and of words is important in God’s economy, and by extension, should be important to His people. When God’s people lose their respect for the power of words, it diminishes us all. That is why learning to negotiate the literate world is such a vital part of what we do at Geneva—we must battle the American trend of alliteracy. Not illiteracy—not knowing how to read, but alliteracy—knowing how to read but not doing so.
Towards that end, we offer the summer reading list and encourage you to read and discuss as a family. Take advantage of this great gift of God: language and words.
9th Grade: The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles (ISBN: 0140275363, Penguin Classics 1998)
10th Grade: The Consolation of Philosophy[Revised Edition] by Boethius, translated by Victor Watts (ISBN: 9780140447804, Penguin Classics 2000)
11th Grade [They get two!]: Hamlet by William Shakespeare (ISBN: 0393929582, Norton Critical Edition 2010)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare (ISBN: 9780393978193, Norton Critical Edition 2003)
12th Grade: Republic by Plato (ISBN: 9780872207363, Hackett Publishing Company 2004)
Any relevant guides and instructions to these works will be posted on the school website next week. Additionally, know that all of these titles are available at the summer reading book table at the Barnes and Noble at La Cantera.