Congratulations, you are taking American Studies next year! This summer you are asked to read a nonfiction book about an American political leader (1800-present day).
The leader may be a political figure or have significantly influenced society. One unit of the American Studies course is to evaluate how leaders positively and negatively affect the United States. Reading a biography or autobiography of a contemporary or historical leader will provide one example of how people become leaders and use their power to change society.
You may select a book on your own. The list includes books about a variety of leaders in different fields and books written at different reading levels. We hope that you will pick a topic that interests and engages you. We also hope that you will select a book that reflects your comfort level as a reader. Make sure the book you choose is neither too challenging, nor too easy.
If you choose your own book, be sure to choose a book about a leader, not merely a famous person. Anyone who has held political office, led a rebellion, or advocated for social change is a good selection.
As always, the Hawley library will have copies available for students to check out. During the summer if you want to check your selection please feel free to email
Ms. Trahan or Mrs. Kirkland:
Enjoy your summer and see you in the fall!
Ms. Kirkland & Ms. Trahan
When selecting a book, be sure it meets all of the criteria below:
• At least 200 pages
• A book you have never read before
• About a person who influenced government, their political party, or society
Some Examples of Good and Bad Choices
Good choice: Colin Powell-Former Secretary of State under the Bush Administration and Retired General.
Good Choice: Hillary Rodham Clinton-Former Secretary of State, Former Presidential Candidate, Former First Lady
Bad Choice: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. A great read but your book should focus on American Political leaders.
Bad Choice: Lance Armstrong : A Biography. A great read but your book should focus on American Political leaders.