Summer Reading 2018

Grasso Technical High School

The faculty at Ella T. Grasso Technical High School believes that reading is essential to developing vocabulary, building literacy skills, and achieving success in school and beyond. To that end, we expect students to practice and increase reading skills by completing the Summer Reading project. Our goal is for students to have an enjoyable summer, reading for pleasure as well as for academic credit. We strongly encourage students to continue reading books of their choice once their project is completed.

Book lists and the project requirements for each grade level are listed below. For further information including book descriptions, reading activities, and grading policies, click on the links to the left.

Instructions by Grade

Incoming Freshmen - Read one of the following: Lord of the Flies, Brian's Winter, Barrio Boy, or Parrot in the Oven

1. Pick up a copy of the book at Grasso Tech, find your book online, or at your local library or bookstore.

2. Complete one of the "Summer Reading Activities" from the list: Summer Reading Activities (due first academic cycle of school year).

3. Sign the Code of Honor Agreement.

Incoming Sophomores - Read one of the following: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; To Kill a Mockingbird, Ransom, or Downriver.

1. Pick up a copy of the book at Grasso Tech, find your book online, or at your local library or bookstore.

2. Complete one of the "Summer Reading Activities" from the list: Summer Reading Activities (due first academic cycle of school year).

3. Sign the Code of Honor Agreement.


Incoming Juniors - Read one of the following: Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, Fallen Angels, or Native Son

1. Pick up a copy of the book at Grasso Tech, find your book online, or at your local library or bookstore.

2. Complete one of the "Summer Reading Activities" from the list: Summer Reading Activities (due first academic cycle of school year).

3. Sign the Code of Honor Agreement.


Incoming Seniors - Read one of the following: Great Expectations, One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, or The Invisible Man

1. Pick up a copy of the book at Grasso Tech, find your book online, or at your local library or bookstore.

2. Complete one of the "Summer Reading Activities" from the list: Summer Reading Activities (due first academic cycle of school year).

3. Sign the Code of Honor Agreement.


Parents, thank you in advance for supporting your teen’s reading efforts. We strongly believe skills get better when you practice them, so please encourage your child to continue reading books of their choice for twenty minutes a day once their reading project is finished. As a faculty, we strongly believe that summer reading is beneficial, as it enhances achievement in school, and encourages a lifetime of reading enjoyment.

The Accelerated Reading Program is part of the school's curriculum for all students.

Book descriptions from Acclerated Reader (www.arbookfind.com)

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/ link for full-text online books