Summer Reading

See our Books page and the links below for tons of lists to tons of awesome books!

All Students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2016 should:

  • Select and read a book of your choice. If you need help choosing a book, please refer to the guiding resources presented by Mrs. Radz in English classes, or look at our BOOKS page.

  • Locate and read one informational article related to the book that you selected > DATABASES

  • Complete the two summer reading logs (available below), have your parent/guardian sign them, and bring them to English class during the first week of school.

*Students in 10th-12th grade Honors or UConn classes will have an alternative summer reading requirement which will be distributed by English teachers in June.

~Summer Reading Logs ~
Informational letter attached.
Logs attached HERE:

Summer Reading Assignment PHS1

Summer Reading Assignment PHS2

NEED HELP finding a book or article? 
Contact Mrs. Radz

PHS Summer Reading Letter

To convey how important reading is, the Portland Secondary School English Department and the Library Media Specialist have established a summer reading requirement for all students. Students need to continue developing their intellectual capabilities, to learn new information, to have the experiences and perceptions that books can bring, and to have fun reading a good book outside the constraints of an English classroom. Summer reading also gives students the advantage of being active readers when school is no longer in session by helping to maintain the positive habit of reading as a leisure-time activity. English teachers require all students to complete a brief writing assignment based on what they have read during the summer.

We recognize that students who do not read over the summer will see a decline in their reading skills and a lack of vocabulary development. Studies indicate that lack of reading experiences over the summer is a primary contributor to the achievement gap in schools. Please take a moment to read about the effects of “Summer Leaning Loss” in this review of studies:

The importance of summer reading is captured by this quote of Mark Twain:  “A person who does not read has no advantage over a person who cannot read.”


Refer to our BOOKS page for more ideas.

The Young Adult Summer Reading Flowchart
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