Summer Reading Lists

2017 Summer Reading Assignments

Each student is required to read This I Believe AND the books required for the English class he/she will be taking for the 2017-18 school year (see below).

 

Common Reading: 

The practice of assigning students “common reading”—asking them to read the same book simultaneously—has ganed popularity in recent years as secondary schools, colleges, and universities have sought new ways to enrich the campus experience. Common reading programs rest on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people closer together as a community.                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

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English 9- Regents & Honors

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, 9 Regents must read:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee)

 

In addition to This I Believe, 9 Honors must read:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee) AND
  • Alas Babylon (Pat Frank)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II – Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year. It would be beneficial to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: theme, setting, characterization, and mood.

English 10- Regents and Honors

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, 10 Regents must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)

 

In addition to This I Believe, 10 Honors must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green) AND
  • Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book you read; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II –  Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year.  It would be beneficial to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: theme, setting, characterization, and mood.

English 11- Regents

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, English 11 Regents must read:

  • The Bell Jar (Slyvia Plath)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book you read; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II –  Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year.  It would be beneficial for you to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: setting, characterization, conflict, and theme.

English 11- AP English Language and Composition

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, AP English Lang and Comp must read:

  • On Writing (Stephen King) AND
  • All But My Life (Gerda Weissmann Klein)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book you read; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II –  Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year.  It would be beneficial for you to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: setting, characterization, conflict, and theme.

English 12- Regents

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, English 12 must read:

  • Into the Wild (John Krakauer)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book you read; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II –  Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year.  It would be beneficial for you to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: setting, characterization, conflict, and theme.

English 12- AP English Literature and Composition

All students must read This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.

In addition to this book, AP English Lit and Comp must read:

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Mark Haddon) AND CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
  • The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
  • The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

Part I – On a sheet of loose-leaf paper, you must hand write (no typed copies accepted) a list of 10 unknown words found in each book you read; include each word’s definition and an original sentence properly using the word. This vocabulary is due on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Part II –  Students will also be assessed on each novel at the beginning of the school year.  It would be beneficial for you to take notes on the following literary elements found in each book: setting, characterization, conflict, and theme.