Overview

Philosophy

We believe that reading can be a pleasurable experience for all students, and that it is a skill that can and must be developed through practice. As such, we value summer reading as a vehicle to exercise young minds, to increase literacy, and to cultivate a love of reading. Furthermore, our commitment to summer reading is an outgrowth of our belief in the PRIDE 5. Our shared commitment to the values of personal responsibility, respect, individuality, determination, and excellence demand of us that we continuously work to improve ourselves as learners and members of our community whether school is in session or not.

Purpose

The primary goal of summer reading is to maintain essential skills and to motivate students to read books that are both challenging and appealing. For students in Honors and AP courses, summer reading has the additional purpose of supplementing the curriculum. The lists have been devised to promote college readiness and success in high school students.

Assessment

This year’s summer reading experience will be an active one. Students will be able to engage in digital experiences throughout the summer that relate to the whole school books. These activities represent a diverse range of interests. All major disciplines are represented and each department has devised various activities/challenges that are related to the books. Students are encouraged to participate in learning experiences across various content areas and will be awarded points for each activity completed. These points will then be translated to a mark on each student’s trimester one report card.

Obtaining Books

Before leaving for summer vacation, students will know in which English class they are enrolling and should consult the appropriate section of the reading list. Students are encouraged to buy their own books. Underlining, highlighting, and annotating personally owned books is also recommended. Several area bookstores have our reading list and will have books available. Students may also borrow books from the Attleboro Public Library.

Notice to Families

Although the books on this list are appropriate for high school students, both students and guardians should be aware that some books contain adult topics with adult language and/or controversial material. Different students and families have different perspectives on what is most appropriate for a student’s best choice so please review these books carefully before deciding which ones are most appropriate for your child.