Summer Reading 2017

Information for All Students

  • Read the text assigned for your course plus one book of your choice.
  • 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.
  • 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

12 CP (English 143)
     Different Seasons Stephen King
Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas. Students should read “The Body” plus one of the other three novellas in the collection.
12ACP (English 142)
    On Writing  Stephen King
12H (English 141)
    The Namesake  Jhumpa Lahiri
Diverse American Voices
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
Beyond the Binary
    The Handmaid's Tale    Margaret Atwood
    Unaccustomed Earth  Jhumpa Lahiri
World Literature
    Nervous Conditions  Tsitsi Dangarembga
Evolutions (11/12)
    Unflattening  Nick Sousanis
See the Summer Engagement page of the Evolutions website for more information.

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) 
Evolutions (11/12)
    Unflattening  Nick Sousanis
See the Summer Engagement page of the Evolutions website for more information.

10CP (English 123)
    This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women     Jay Allison & Dan Gediman
10ACP (English 122)
    Where'd You Go, Bernadette?  Maria Semple
10H (English 121)
    Caleb's Crossing  Geraldine Brooks

9CP (English 113)
    Eleanor & Park   Rainbow Rowell
9ACP (English 112)
    Feed    M.T. Anderson        
9H (English 111)
    Unbroken   Laura Hillenbrand  (study guide link)
Foundations 9
    Boy     Roald Dahl

Recommendations for Choice Read

    Click here to see other recommended reads from a range of genres.

Click here for the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Click here for the Young Adult Library Services Association's Teens' Top Ten List. 


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