Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading Assignment for All Students

  • ALL Students are required to read the book(s) listed with the course you are taking next year. 
  • Some courses have a link, which will take you to the information you need for that particular course.
  • When applicable, please be sure to read any directions or instructions that have been provided by the teachers of the course!

Additional Important Information for All Students

  • At the start of the school year, your English teacher will explain how summer reading will be assessed. Some examples of possible assessments are an in-class essay, a Socratic seminar, a test, or a book review.
  • If teachers for a course have provided a study guide or reading questions, you will find it at the link provided below.
  • For general active reading strategies, please see the Guide to Success in English

To Students and Parents/GuardiansAs young adults, students are increasingly encountering difficult topics in their own lives, in films, in the news, and through their use of social media.  Some of the texts we use address these challenging topics, giving us an important opportunity to discuss these issues in a safe and supportive classroom environment. 

Assigned Text for Each Course 


GRADE 12
12 CP (English 143)
     The story "The Body" from the book Different Seasons    Stephen King

12ACP (English 142)
    The Wall      John Lanchester    
- AND - 
    Dragon Hoops     Gene Luen Yang

12H (English 141)
    The Namesake   Jhumpa Lahiri

Diverse American Voices
    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning    Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds

Beyond the Binary
    The Handmaid's Tale    Margaret Atwood
*Please note: This text includes adult content, such as physical violence and sexual assault. Please contact the instructor with any specific concerns at maxwellj@wellesleyps.org.
    - AND - 
   Please read a book of your choice from this list

Humanities
    The Namesake   Jhumpa Lahiri

Senior Creative Writing 
    Dragon Hoops      Gene Luen Yang
- AND - 
Poetry 180 selected by Billy Collins -OR- 180 More selected by Billy Collins
    Available free online at: https://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/p180-list.html

World Literature
    Please read a book of your choice from this list

Evolutions (11/12)
    The Evolutions Primer
Please see the Summer Engagement page of the Evolutions website for more information.


GRADE 11
11CP (English 133)
    American Born Chinese    Gene Luen Yang

11ACP (English 132)
    The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates    Wes Moore

11H (English 131)
    1984    George Orwell  (reading question) 
    Available free online at:  https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/1984.pdf
 - AND - 
    Please read a book of your choice from this list

Evolutions (11/12)
    The Evolutions Primer
Please see the Summer Engagement page of the Evolutions website for more information.

GRADE 10
10CP (English 123)
    The Sun is Also a Star   Nicola Yoon    
*Please check out this study guide, which will be helpful to use while reading. If you complete the whole guide, you can submit it for extra credit at the start of the year.

10ACP (English 122)                                
   Please read this letter from the 10ACP team and follow its guidance.

10H (English 121)
    Dragon Hoops      Gene Luen Yang
- AND - 
    Behold the Dreamers  Imbolo Mbue
*Note from the 10H teachers: We encourage you to find and follow your reading curiosities and preferences! Check out this list to get you started.

Foundations 9 / 10
    Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults: A True Story of the Fight for Justice   Bryan Stevenson  -AND-   Love from A to Z S.K. Ali   


GRADE 9
9CP (English 113)
    The Poet X   Elizabeth Acevedo   (optional guide)

9ACP (English 112) 
    Dragon Hoops      Gene Luen Yang
- AND -  
     Please read a book of your choice from this list

9H (English 111)
     Please read a book of your choice from this list
- AND -                          
    Please read one additional book of your choice from any genre you are interested in

Foundations 9 / 10
       Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults: A True Story of the Fight for Justice   Bryan Stevenson      -AND-     Love from A to Z S.K. Ali   


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