Dear Parents and Students,
By assigning summer reading, we hope to encourage students to:
Engage with additional works of literature beyond what we will teach in class.
Enjoy reading at their own speed.
Practice annotation and close reading: a skill which we will refine throughout the semester. By building on these skills that they begin to develop over the summer, they will eventually achieve a greater level of proficiency.
Retain a greater amount of knowledge and cognitive ability by engaging in academic work away from the classroom.
Attain the self-motivated reading skills required of high school and college level English classes.
Become lifelong readers.
These great books are not only for pleasure reading; they need to be read actively with pen in hand as preparation for close literary analysis. In addition to the summer writing assignments, students will also be required to complete projects related to the summer reading during their English class.
Students should read the selected books prior to taking each course. They are encouraged to secure their own copies. If this serves as a hardship, copies of the books will be available in the office of West Henderson. These copies may be checked out for two weeks at a time.
We recognize that based on our personal belief systems that we may have different reactions to books. If you have some objection to a specific book, a substitute will be provided. These particular books frequently appear on the AP Exams, and many of them were written by Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners. They have all stood the test of time.
One thing that makes high school students successful in a summer reading program is when their parents engage in the text with them and ask them about what they are reading. If parents talk with their students about what they are reading, asking them to summarize and discuss the text, students would be more likely to remember what they read and be prepared for class discussion during English class.
With the exception of Pre-AP English II, AP English III, and AP English IV, the summer reading assignments and the summer reading project (completed during the school year) will each count 10% of students’ first nine weeks grade.
Chair, English Department
Please join the Google Classroom for your English level to print a copy of your assignment and view other relevant information regarding summer reading. Do not type this assignment, share it with a teacher, or attempt to submit it to Classroom; it is to be handwritten. Make sure you check out the six-point annotation example posted to Classroom. Summer reading assignments are due the first day of your English class. We recommend that you complete this work over summer because schedules are subject to change. You will be responsible for the work even with a last minute schedule change. If accessing a computer this summer will be a hardship, please see the teacher listed below (before you leave for the summer) for a copy of the assignment.
You may contact the following teachers if you have questions this summer:
English I – Ms. Schaffer – firstname.lastname@example.org
English II – Mr. King – email@example.com
English III – Ms. Perry – firstname.lastname@example.org
English IV – Ms. Edwards – email@example.com
Honors English I Required Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Additionally, read one of the following choices: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Honors English I Classroom Code: 8r94ge
Honors English II & Pre-AP English II Required Book: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and additionally, read one of the following choices: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Honors English II and Pre-AP English II Classroom Code: 2i6pe6w
Honors English III Required Book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Additionally, read one of the following choices: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Serena by Ron Rash.
Honors English III Classroom Code: sxkljg
AP English III: All books are required. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
AP English III Classroom Code: sxkljg
Honors English IV Required Book: 1984 by George Orwell. Additionally, read one of the following choices: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Honors English IV Classroom Code: fd425wr
AP English IV: All books are required. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë , The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, 1984 by George Orwell, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
AP English IV Classroom Code: c54wwr