Summer Reading 2017


English 9 GT students: 

Next year is fast approaching; it is time to start preparing!  GT English courses are rigorous and demanding courses for students who wish to grow as learners. We expect GT level students to be independent readers and thinkers.  Our goal is to prepare students for college and the Advanced Placement exams they will take during their junior and senior years.  In order to prepare for these rigorous tests and courses, we recommend additional readings.  Traditionally, students have benefited from completing these works before the beginning of the new school year. All students should bring notes and assigned works to class.


9/11/17 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, American author William Faulkner said, “I decline to accept the end of man... I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.  He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance…”     After reading the text, identify 3-5 passages that you believe SUPPORT or REFUTE Faulkner’s claim regarding humanity with 2-3 sentences of explanation for each. (see website below for a helpful handout)


We also encourage GT students to read other works, both fiction and non-fiction. Studies show that students who read in a wide variety of genres and time periods have greater success on the AP Language and AP Literature exams.  We look forward to working with you next year.  Please e-mail us with any questions, and again, check the website below for more information and a class calendar!  Have a great summer!

T Stuppy,
Jun 8, 2017, 11:29 AM