Summer Reading Assignments

QCHS English Department

Required Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Students:

Quakertown Community High School continues to believe that summer reading is a valuable activity. While we expect all students to read over the course of the summer, each student must read the text(s) appropriate to his/her chosen English course for the 2019-2020 school year. Though this may be course specific required reading, students may choose to read other titles from grade level lists. Certainly, the more books each student reads, the better prepared he or she will be for the complex literacy skills required for high school classes, college, and career!

Please be aware some of the books on the list may contain mature content, so we encourage students and parents to review the requirements carefully.

Why do we promote summer reading?

• Summer reading will connect thematically with corresponding units within each grade level course.

• Students improve their literacy skills and enhance their vocabulary when they continue to read and interact with complex texts.

• We strongly desire to create a culture of readers at QCHS, which requires regular and sustained reading with classroom support.

As students read, they should use reading strategies to

  • mark the text,
  • make notes in the margins or use Post-It notes,
  • raise questions,
  • note vocabulary,
  • and consider themes.

We appreciate your help as we all encourage our students to read. An assignment on the reading(s) will be provided by the teacher in the first few weeks of school.

Now simply find your selected English course below and enjoy!


QCHS English Department

**Books may be borrowed from the local library (they have our book lists) or purchased, new or used, online or retail, at places such as or Barnes & Noble ( ).

Please search the list below for your course and then click any corresponding links for the assignment. Students will need to log into their school Google account to access any document(s).

English 9 CP: One choice novel from the reading list

English 9 Honors: The Book Thief (Zusak) click the link for more information assignment details

English 10 CP: Funny in Farsi (Dumas) plus supplemental assignment

English 10 Honors: Interpreter of Maladies (Lahiri), an independent reading book, plus supplemental assignment

English 11 CP: One choice novel from the reading list plus supplemental assignment

English 11 Honors: A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Haddon) and one choice novel from the reading list plus supplemental assignments

AP English Language and Composition: All three required - The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne), Autobiography of Malcolm X (Haley), and "On Duty of Civil Disobedience" (Thoreau) plus supplemental assignment

English 12 CP: The Mist (King) plus supplemental assignment

English 12 Honors: Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde) plus supplemental assignment

AP English Literature and Composition: All four required - Frankenstein (Shelley), Pride and Prejudice (Austen), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain), How To Mark a Book (Adler). Please see your AP Literature teacher for the required supplemental assignment.


AP Capstone Courses

AP Seminar: Read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and complete the summer assignment

AP Research: Complete the summer assignment