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Summer Reading 2019 » Summer Reading 2019

Summer Reading 2019

Regular English Grade 10

OPTIONAL Summer Reading and Extra Credit project:

Goodreads links are on the titles, so you can choose a book that fits your interests.

Allende, Isabel


The House of Spirits


Alvarez, Julia


How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents


de la Cruz, Melissa


Alex & Eliza


Gratz, Alan




Kincaid, S.J.




Shepherd, Megan


The Madman's Daughter


Smith, Andrew




Stone, Nic


Dear Martin


Regular English 10  Summer Reading Project: The Pizza Box Project

Use any size pizza box to do the following:

  • Turn the box so that it looks like a book, with it opening on the right side and the “spine” of the book on the left.
  1. Decorate the front of the box with the name of the book, the author’s name, and a drawing or design.  (Hint: Some have found it useful to spray paint/paint/glue paper over the entire box to “erase” the name of any pizza companies, let dry, then they will have a “blank slate” to work with.)

  1. On the “spine” of the book, continue to decorate it and put the author and the name of the book again. Look at real books to see the different ways you can achieve this.

  1. On the back of the box/book, write a summary of the book without giving away the ending for those who haven’t read it.  Needs to be at least 6 well written sentences. Neatness counts.

  1. On the inside of the box/book, decorate the left side with a scene from the book. Be creative and colorful!  On the right side (the place where the pizza normally is) divide it into four parts.
  • In the first part, list and describe the characters of the book
  • In the second part, describe the conflicts encountered in the book and label what the conflicts are--internal/external….man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. himself, man vs. nature
  • In the third part, compare this book to another book you have read or a movie you have seen. Include some kind of illustration and explain why it reminds you of that book/movie.
  • In the fourth part, include an object that is important to the story. Example: if a baseball is important to the story, hot glue/attach/tape a plastic lightweight toy baseball, or draw one.

College Prep  English Grade 10

REQUIRED fiction & non-fiction summer reading & assignments

College Prep English 10 REQUIRED Non-Fiction: Read Melba Pattillo Beals’ Memoir Warriors Don’t Cry. A test over the novel will be administered in the first 5-10 days of school.  

Please purchase/use this version with the red cover. It is the abridged version.

College Prep English 10 REQUIRED Fiction: Read the following three short stories and complete the assignment using the Short Story Choice Board below

Links to the texts are on the titles, so you can access them easily..

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte

College Prep students will complete the required summary  for each of the short stories above, then complete two more choices for each story, with no two choices the same.  

For example: Required summary, plus choice five and choice six for Poe’s story; required summary, plus choice one and choice seven for Hawthorne’s; and required summary plus choice two and choice four for Harte’s story

.Short Story Choice Board work is due on AUGUST 12th or 13th at the beginning of your class time.  

Required for all three stories:

Summarize the entire story in seven original sentences

Choice Four

Identify an internal conflict in the story and support your assertion about that conflict with sufficient textual evidence.

Choice One

Select a page to annotate for literary devices Select three and explain how the author uses them to create a message

Choice Five

Identify an external conflict in the story and support your assertion about that conflict with sufficient textual evidence.

Choice Two

Identify five new-to-you words from the text. Define each and use each in a sentence of your own.

Choice Six

Identify three traits of the writer’s style and include sufficient textual evidence to support your assertion

Choice Three

Select three character traits of one character revealed in the story and support each trait with sufficient textual evidence

Choice Seven

Complete a storytelling arc for the story.

Regular English Grade 11

Optional Summer Reading and Extra Credit project Goodreads links are on the titles, so you can choose a book that fits your interests.

Black, Holly


The Cruel Prince


Brown, Daniel James


The Boys in the Boat


King, A.S.


Everybody Sees the Ants


Lewis, John


March Volume 3


Safran Foer, Johnathan


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


Sepetys, Ruta


Between Shades of Gray


Standage, Tom


A History of the World in 6 Glasses


Okorafor, Nnedi


Akata Witch


Regular English 11 Project Choices. Use the project that best fits the genre of your book and your talents.

  1. Create a mobile from items related to the story.

    Select 10 items that represent character, setting, plot elements, etc to represent on the mobile.  Write a key for the individual items and include an original, 7-10 sentence summary of the story.

  1. Create a ¨book in a container¨

    Select 10 items that represent character, setting, plot elements, etc to represent in the container of your choice.  Write a key for the individual items and include an original, 7-10 sentence summary of the story.

  1. Write a letter to the author that shows your reaction to the book. The letter must include all elements of a properly formatted friendly letter

    Include your opinion of the book, reasons for your opinion, the character in the book you are most like and how this character is like you. Include your favorite scene or chapter and why it is your favorite. Include two questions you have about the book or questions you have about the writing process.

    Make sure you include your home or school address in the letter, as dictated by the format of the friendly letter.  Include an addressed envelope with your return address and the authorś address

  1. Write out a full interview between you and a character.

    Write ten questions to ask your character that will reveal the characterś thoughts, feelings, and responses to events in the story.  Answer each question in the characterś voice.

  1. Create a board game or a card game about the book.  

    The game should include details about the setting, motivation, characters, and elements of the storytelling arc to show your knowledge of the book. Include playing instructions.

  1. Prepare a travel brochure for your chosen book.

    Based on the setting, provide the attractive features of this location and describe the events in the book that occurred in this location. Make it colorful and use rhetorical strategies to persuade someone to travel to this location.

  1. Illustrate a cover (similar to a CD album cover) for a ten song Spotify-type playlist,

Connect each song to an event or character or the setting of the story.  Under each song, thoroughly explain your reasons for choosing that particular song. (beat, words, musicality)

  1. Create a color comic book version of your book. Be sure to include all elements of the story-telling arc in your version and be sure to include important dialogue between the characters.  

AP English Grade 11 Language & Composition

REQUIRED Summer Reading and Assignment 2019-2020

NOTE: All summer assignments are due the first day of class. Test over “Serial” will take place on the second meeting of class.

Purchase and read the following book and listen to the podcast:

  • The Glass Castle can be purchased at local bookstores (Barnes & Noble, 2nd & Charles, etc.) as well as on Amazon, Thriftbooks, etc.
  • Serial podcast can be accessed for free at

Assignment 1:

Listen to “Serial”  and be prepared for a test to check for completion on the second day of class.

Assignment 2:

Read The Glass Castle in its entirety. (You may watch the movie if you choose, but this assignment can NOT be completed without reading.)  Complete the attached double entry journal (DEJ) and analysis.

  1. Choose two passages from each chapter and copy it into the “Quote” column. Include the page number in this column with each quote. In the right hand column explain why you chose the quote and why you think it is important to the chapter/novel. YOUR RESPONSE MUST BE AT LEAST A 5-SENTENCE PARAGRAPH. Use the following questions to help you select and comment on the passages:
  • What is the reason for the author making the particular argument?
  • Is the author using this argument to support the overall argument?
  • How does the author organize his/her ideas?
  • Who is the author’s audience?
  • Is the author relying on logic and facts, credibility, or emotion to make his point to that audience?
  • Look for patterns in the text.
  • Remember, you are not judging the argument, you are analyzing it. Put your own feelings/emotions aside and pay attention to the construction of the author’s language. Focus your analysis on what is the argument and how is it put together?

  1. After recording your chosen passages and writing your response to them, choose at least two words or phrases from each chapter that are unfamiliar to you. Do some research on the word and write a short definition in your own words based on what you find. Include the page number of the book where you found the term.

Sample double entry journal (DEJ).

Sample DEJ Format:

Name: _______________________________    Date:_____________   Period:____________

Date of Assigned Reading/Page Numbers:

Copy Quote Word-For-Word

Make sure to:

- include quotation marks

- include page number

Write Response One

Make sure to:

- explain why you chose the quote

- explain why you think it is important to the chapter


Write Term and Definition

Make sure to include:

- your chosen term

- the page number

- your definition

Regular English Grade 12

Optional Summer Reading and Extra Credit project

Goodreads links are on the titles, so you can choose a book that fits your interests.


Ackerman, Diane


A Natural History of the Senses


Bryson, Bill


Notes from a Small Island


Crossan, Sarah


We Come Apart


Gaiman, Neil


The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Giono, Jean


The Horseman on the Roof


Greene, Graham


The Human Factor


Kelman, Stephen


Pigeon English


Khan, Muhammad


I Am Thunder


Ness, Patrick


The Knife of Never Letting Go


Sloan, Robin


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore


Oppel, Kenneth


This Dark Endeavour


Due Date – first day of class

Assignment: Read one of the books listed above and then complete the following:

AP English Grade 12 Literature:

Required Summer Reading 2019-2020

Part One: Read for enjoyment—REALLY!  

Fundamentally, we believe that reading is a pleasure. Therefore, our summer reading project is designed to allow you to read a book simply for enjoyment. We save the difficult books, the ones that benefit from being taught and discussed in a classroom setting, for the school year so we can read those books with you.


  1. Choose one of the books from the list on the following page.
  2. Divide your book in half, either by chapters or page numbers.
  3. Halfway through reading the book, type a one-page, double-spaced response to the novel. (By “response,” we mean write about your perceptions, delights, and frustrations about the book thus far, not a summary).
  4. At the end of the book, type another one-page, double-spaced response about the book as a whole, judging it in light of all the other books you’ve read in your life.
  5. Then make sure your name is on both pages of your responses, staple the two pages together and bring them to class on the first day of school to turn in.


Responses should be written in Times New Roman, 11 point font, with 1 inch margins on each side. Handwritten responses must be written in pen and be four pages (2 for each half of the book) in order to receive full credit. Responses written in pencil will be returned and requested to be turned back in the following day—in pen. Twenty points will be deducted.


Part One is a 100 point test grade. The pages must be FULL to receive full credit. Remember that your two page assignment will be our first impression of you in our classroom—so make a GOOD one.

Due Date:

The Summer Reading Assignment Part One is due one week from the first day of your English class.


If you have any questions, you can contact us at the following addresses: or

Be Advised:

  • Please choose a book that you think you will enjoy. Don’t choose one randomly, nor choose one because of length. Some short books (100 pages) take longer to read than long works. For example, students may read a Harry Potter book (that’s 700 pages) in a couple of days but need two weeks to read The Awakening, a 1899 novella (approximately 100 pages).

  • If you start a book and don’t like it, then put the book down and choose another.

  • Some of the works listed on the following page have content that may be offensive to some readers. We have tried to list warnings beside each title. Please do not choose a book with a warning if you know that you would be offended by that book, or more importantly, if you know that your parents would not like you to read that book. An * means this work may have adult themes and issues.

The List:

Our list of suggested works is organized somewhat thematically. If you would like to know more about individual works, then go to and read the summaries. Additionally, any of these works may be used on the AP exam.

African-American Works:

*The Bluest Eye, Morrison

*Song of Solomon, Morrison

*Beloved, Morrison

*A Lesson before Dying, Gaines

*A Gathering of Old Men, Gaines

Black Boy, Wright

Invisible Man, Ellison

Science Fiction:

*The Sparrow, Russell

For the Future English Major:

David Copperfield, Dickens

Emma, Austen

Mansfield Park , Austen

Persuasion, Austen

Howard’s End, Forster

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce

Remains of the Day, Ishiguiro

Middlemarch, Eliot

A Room with a View, Forster

Rebecca, Du Maurier

The Mayor of Casterbridge, Hardy

Pride and Prejudice, Austen

Some International Works:

The Plague, Camus

The Three Musketeers, Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas

The Alchemist, Coelho

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy

The Fountainhead, Rand

The Trial, Kafka

Things Fall Apart, Achebe

Heart of Darkness, Conrad

Dystopian / Post-apocalyptic Works:

*A Clockwork Orange, Burgess

*All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy

Brave New World, Huxley

Alas, Babylon, Frank

1984, Orwell

*The Handmaid’s Tale,  Atwood

Horror and Suspense:

Dracula, Stoker

The Turn of the Screw, James

Some American Literature:

Age of Innocence, Wharton

Catcher in the Rye , Salinger

The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway

Ragtime, Doctorow

*On the Road, Kerouac

*The Cider House Rules, Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving

*One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey

An American Tragedy, Dreiser

*The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner

* As I Lay Dying, Faulkner

Moby Dick, Melville

My Antonia, Cather

The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck

Multicultural Literature:

The Namesake, Lahiri

Reservation Blues, Alexie

The Joy Luck Club, Tan

The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Tan

Thanks to Davis Thompson and Karen Hall from Auburn High School for the above ideas

Part 2: Read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Foster and Apply What

You’ve Learned


  1. Read the book.
  2. As you read, consider how the novel (from part one) relates to Foster’s ideas.

  1. Select any twenty (20) chapters and write a 2-4 sentence response, demonstrating how at least ONE concept from a chapter relates to a work that you’ve read.

    1. At least ten (10) chapters should be from the novel you read during the summer.

    1. The remaining ten (10) are your choice. You may continue with your book or choose any short story or novel that you’ve read (in school or on own).


  • Responses should be written in Times New Roman, 11 point font, with 1 inch margins on each side. Handwritten responses must be written in pen. Responses written in pencil will be returned and requested to be turned back in the following day—in pen. Twenty points will be deducted.

  • Be sure to write the chapter number next to your response as well as the name of the story or book that you reference.

  • Below are three examples:

Ch 2: Foster claims that the essentials for a vampire store are an older figure, a young, virginal female, “a stripping away of her youth”, and her death or destruction (19). In “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Arnold Friend is a metaphorical vampire, for he is twice the age of Connie, a teenage girl. He preys upon her, “marks” her as his, and presumably takes her life.

Ch. 21: Foster states, “In each of us….a monstrous Other exists…no matter how civilized, lurk elements that we’d really prefer not to acknowledge” (200). Throughout history and literature, even the best of men and heroes have done bad things. In Lord of the Flies most of the seemingly innocent young boys turn into savage monsters in just a few months without having adults to supervise them.

Ch. 10 The cliché “It was a dark and stormy night” became popular for a reason—it easily works to foreshadow dark events. Each time before Catherine and Heathcliff (from Wuthering Heights) have an argument, there is always a storm; also a ghost appears to Lockwood on a stormy evening. Additionally,

Frankenstein’s monster is created on a stormy night, and his “birth” brings about the eventual demise of his creator.

Evaluation:   Part Two is a 100 point test grade.

Due Date:.The AP English 12 Literature Summer Reading Assignment Part Two is due one week from the first day of your English class.