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Summer Reading 2015
* indicates Honors courses

Please note that honors level courses require students to read the book indicated with asterisks AND another choice from the list.  All other classes require students to choose one book from the list of choices.  Happy Reading!
  • If you are an avid reader, you are encouraged to read more than the requirements.  Challenge yourself to read all of the choices, as the goal of summer reading is to increase frequency and fluency and to gain background knowledge for the courses you have chosen.
  • You are encouraged to keep notes - use Post-its - to interact with the text so that you will be able to recall it when classes use the summer reading in the opening assignments and discussions in class.  Your notes will not be collected; they are for you, but they are strongly recommended.  You may want to use a note system like the one in the link below.

Reading Journal

Grade 9
  • World Cultures
  • World Cultures Honors
  • World Geography
  • English I
  • English I Honors

* Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Ties that Bind, Ties that Break by Lensey Namioka
Grade 10
  • Early US History
  • US I
  • US I Honors
  • English II
  • English II Honors

* The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Grade 11
  • US History II
  • Modern US History II
  • English III
  • Adv. Writing & World Lit Honors

* The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Having Our Say by Sarah and Elizabeth Delany
Grade 12
  • Economics and all other history electives
  • Research and Themes
  • Creative Writing
  • Survey of Lit & Expository Writing
  • Research and Issues Honors

* In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
* Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A.P. Language and Composition
Choose ONE (or more) from this group and prepare the attached assignment:
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
On Writing by Stephen King
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Choose ONE (or more) from this group (note taking is recommended)
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolf
American Childhood by Annie Dillard
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Plus one additional text from appropriate junior or senior options.
Click here for the assignment.
A.P. Literature and Composition
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A.P. US History
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
AND a choice from the grade 11 reading list.
A.P. Macroeconomics
Make a choice from the grade 12 reading list.
A.P. Human Geography
10 Geographic Ideas that Changed the World by Susan Hansen
Gun, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond