Summer Reading

English 9 Honors

There is no summer reading assignment for English 9 Honors for the 2017-2018 academic year.

English 10 Honors

A prerequisite for enrollment in Honors English 10 is the candidate’s commitment to read a novel during summer break.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, select one book from the provided list. Read the novel and watch the film adaptation. Write down what you notice as key similarities and differences between the novel and the film. When you return to school, be prepared to write about how the film adaptation affects your understanding of the text.

Possible book selections:

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (contains adult content)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Please note that all of the novels and DVD’s are available at Monroe County Public Library.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your teacher.

Maggie Guschwan

English 11 AP

A prerequisite for enrollment in English 11 AP is a summer reading assignment. The English 11 AP Summer Reading for those students taking the course during the 2017-2018 Academic year is the following:

AP Language and Composition is a course on rhetoric, the study of effective writing. To begin thinking about what makes writing effective, we would like you to read the following award-winning long-form articles.

As you read, consider what makes each piece effective. How is the writer using language? How does he draw the reader in? What kinds of evidence does she use? What kind of audience is this designed for?

Take 1-2 pages of handwritten notes on each article and be ready to submit them when the fall semester begins.

Kevin Pang, “Fixed Menu.” Lucky Peach, 2015

A fascinating (if stomach-turning) behind-the-scenes look at the food served in Indiana’s Westville Correctional Facility.

Amanda Hess, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” 2014

Hess reports on the terrifying abuse that she and other women writers face online, building a dark picture of the way female voices are silenced on the Internet. This article contains graphic and violent language as it quotes from abusive posts women writers have received.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations.” Atlantic, 2014

This landmark cover story looks at the continuing effects of the racially biased housing programs that built our modern segregated cities.

These articles can be downloaded in pdf form at the following link (you must be logged in to your google account):

English 12 AP

A prerequisite for enrollment in English 12 AP is a summer reading assignment.

Over the summer, read the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison. Please buy your own copy of the book (you can get one online for a couple bucks). This challenging, often troubling novel is set in the years just after the end of slavery. If you have seen the film 12 Years a Slave you will have some idea of the past they are trying to escape.

To follow along with this novel, try taking notes on the pages of your copy as you read. Keep track of characters and images. Make comments noting particular passages you like (or hate). Ask questions. In particular, notice what Morrison does to make her narrative seem so strange. There will be a reading test at the beginning of the year, and taking these kind of notes will help you prepare for it.


There is no summer reading assignment for W131/L202 the 2017-2018 academic year.