Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2021

Students are required to read the assigned works and to annotate each text.  In addition, students may wish to take notes that focus on character, theme, plot, setting, point of view, use of language, and symbolism. 

How to Annotate Summer Reading

Before embarking on the works assigned for summer reading, please check out Mortimer Adler’s short essay entitled "How to Mark a Book." This will offer you some insights and helpful tips on annotation, which is a skill you should employ with your reading this summer, as well as carry into our class when we meet this August.

English 1        

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

English 1 Honors*    

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
*English 1 Honors requires a written assignment. A separate handout will be distributed by the teacher. 

English 2        

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

English 2 Honors    

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

A Song for Nagasaki: The Story of Takashi Nagai by Paul Glynn

English 3

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

English 3 Honors

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

AP English Language and Composition*   

*AP English Language and Composition requires a written assignment. A separate handout will be distributed by the teacher.   

THE FOLLOWING THREE (3) WORKS ARE REQUIRED:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote  

Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

CHOICE OF ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING:

102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell  

English 4        

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis  

English 4 Honors

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 

AP English Literature*  

*AP English Literature requires a written assignment. A separate handout will be distributed by the teacher.  

THE FOLLOWING TWO NOVELS ARE REQUIRED:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte        

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka