Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading Assignment for All Students

  • ALL Students are required to read two books this summer.
    1. Read the text assigned for your specific course (listed below).
    2. Read one text of your choosing from this list:
2020 Summer Reading Choice List

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 (in addition to Choice Text)


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

12ACP (English 142)
    On Writing   Stephen King

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.

Senior Creative Writing 
    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
    Love in the Time of Cholera   Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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 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

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      

10ACP (English 122)                               
       Kindred   Octavia Butler 
 *Please note: Kindred, a long-celebrated work by award-winning author Octavia Butler, includes some violent content and offensive language in the context of a narrative that blends science fiction with historical fiction. The Kirkus Reviews notes that unlike other science fiction settings, "the alien planet here is the antebellum South, as seen through the horrified eyes of Dana, a 20th-century black woman who time-travels...in this searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun" (Kirkus Reviews).  

10H (English 121)
    Behold the Dreamers  Imbolo Mbue  -OR-  The Grapes of Wrath  John Steinbeck
 *Choose ONE of these texts PLUS ONE of the texts on the Choice List (link above) 

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   
*Please note: because your instructor has assigned two required texts, you are not required to read an additional text from the Choice List

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

9ACP (English 112)
    The Poet X   Elizabeth Acevedo   (optional guide)    

9H (English 111)
    Frankenstein    Mary Shelley                            
    Available free online at:  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/42324

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   
*Please note: because your instructor has assigned two required texts, you are not required to read an additional text from the Choice List


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