12th Grade English

Required Reading For All Students Taking English 12 During The 2018-2019 School Year

First: Read Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History and

Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

Maus I/II is a graphic novel detailing the harrowing story of a Holocaust survivor, with human characters depicted as cats and mice.

Maus I/II are available in local libraries, in bookstores, and online (Amazon.com). It is recommended that students purchase the book as they will need to have it in class for discussions, classwork assignments, and possibly projects. It is imperative that students acquire the book in plenty of time to read it over the summer. It is not a good idea to wait until the week before school starts.

NEXT: Respond to at least two of the writing prompts below regarding your reading of Maus I/II. Each response should be at least one complete, well-developed paragraph (7-10 sentences). Academic honesty is expected and the New Kent academic policies will be followed.


  • What did you like/dislike about this graphic novel? Support your answer with at least one specific example from the text.
  • Describe someone or something you would like to know more about in the graphic novel. What about this person or event intrigued you? What more would you like to know?
  • Explain a connection you made between the novel and present day or another novel you’ve read. Use at least one specific example to support your connection.
  • Explain any new insights or understandings that you have after reading the graphic novel. Include at least one specific example from the novel.

Your response may be typed or handwritten. You may use the Google Doc template below to record your response. After opening the Google Doc, select File and then Make a Copy. Give the new document a title with your name in it.

12th Grade English Summer Reading Template

Below is a printable version of the summer reading requirements outlined above:

English 12 Summer Reading Assignment