ENGLISH 2018-2019

Our summer reading is required for all honors and AP English classes.  Please check with the textbook library to see what books are available for checkout during the summer.  This reading will keep you reading during the summer and will prepare you for the kind of reading we will be doing in these classes.  If you have questions or concerns about the AP Literature & Composition class, please contact Mrs. Honeycutt at  If you have questions or concerns about the AP Language & Composition class, please contact Dr. Foltz at  Students, please remember summer reading needs to be completed before the first day of school.

Honors English 9

Board Game Book Report

Pick a book that you have not read in the past.  A few book suggestions are included below.  In addition, you may search on the internet for library and education-related recommended reading lists for suggestions as well.  Books should be a minimum of 150 pages long.  Students will read their chosen book and create a board game based on that book.  The board game should be turned in during the first week of school.  Games will be assessed through peer evaluations as well as an assessment rubric, available from Mrs. Honeycutt or on the OHS website.  Everything in the game should relate to the book in some way.  Make sure the content and difficulty of your game are appropriate for your novel, and your classmates’ abilities.

SUGGESTED BOOKS.  Young adult book series like:  Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent; books made into movies such as Coraline, Ender’s Game, Jurassic Park; or one of the classics like:  Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

THE BOARD.  You may repurpose an existing game board by modifying it to fit the story, or create your own unique board.  A file folder or an unused pizza box can be made into a reasonable game board, for instance.  The board should be colorful, creative, interesting, and clearly related to the book.  Please 

GAME/BOOK ELEMENTS.  The play of the game should reflect details and events from the book, and showcase your understanding of what happened in the book and why.  Don’t worry how well others who have not read your book will do playing the game.  The book elements can be incorporated into question and/or event cards, for instance, or things that the characters had to make choices about where the game track splits.  Landing on a particular space may result in consequences (good or bad) that the character has to face in the novel.  To create cards for your game, you can repurpose a deck of cards, or use index cards.

DIRECTIONS.  Write directions for your game that would make it perfectly clear how to play the game.  Type the directions and glue them to the back of your board game.  Please include any other pieces that are needed to play the game like spinners, dice, player markers, etc.  Have a game box, or bag so that pieces are kept together.  Please understand that we want book based, not movie based versions of these games!!  That includes movie images.

Honors English 10

Welcome to Honors English 10!  The summer reading for this class is the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  While we would prefer for students to have their own copies of the book to annotate, available in bookstores or online, our textbook library (A-107) also has copies of the book if you would like to check one out.  When school starts, we will begin by discussing the novel, along with projects, essays, and/or tests, so it is important that you complete the summer reading prior to the first day of class.

AP English Literature & Composition (11th grade)


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Books available for checkout at OHS Textbook Library in A-107

The summer reading has been selected to help prepare you for the class by broadening your background and giving you a little practice in reading thoughtfully.

First, read the chapters listed below in How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.  Please read these chapters thoroughly, and let the information resonate in light of the major words you have read throughout high school.

  • Chapter 10:  It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
  • Chapter 11:  More Than It’s Going to Hurt You:  Concerning Violence
  • Chapter 12:  Is That a Symbol?

After reading these chapters, carefully read the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Keep the Foster book close at hand and see what you can discover in your reading.  You might be glad later if you have noted important quotations, characters, motifs, symbols, etc., either in your copy or on post-it notes you put in the book.  You’ll be surprised how much you “see” in this novel.

When school starts, you will be evaluated on the summer reading through objective testing and an in-class essay.  We will discuss the novels together and begin learning to ask some AP-type questions about what we are reading.  I am very excited about what the next school year holds for us.  If you have questions during the summer about any of the reading, please feel free to email me at  I will check my email several times a week, unless I am out of town.

AP English Language & Composition (12th grade)

Thank You for Arguing:  What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us about the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs, 2nd Edition

A limited number of these books are available for checkout at OHS Textbook Library in A-107.  Otherwise, purchase a copy at Barnes & Noble.

Read at least the first four chapters of the book during the summer and take notes in a QHT chart [Q signals concepts/ideas you do not know; H signals concepts you have heard and might be able to identify; T signals concepts/ideas you know well enough to teach other students] or notebook to bring to our first classes.  This will help us see where we are as a class and help get us started in the right direction.  If you have questions during the summer about any of the reading, please feel free to email me at I check my email frequently throughout the summer.



AP PHYSICS (17-18)