Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2020-2021

Freshman & Transfer Student Letter


  1. All students will be required to do summer reading.  Requirements for each grade and course level are listed separately.
  2. Students will be required to make one annotation for every ten pages of the novel.
  3. For this reason, these books must be purchased.  Teachers will randomly choose pages to check for annotations and the response will be graded based on a rubric reflecting the requirements listed below.

ANNOTATION: Analyze + Note= anNOTEtation (underline AND comment – no highlighting without an accompanying comment!)

As you work with your text, consider all of the ways that you can connect with what you are reading. Here are some suggestions that will help you with your annotations: ♣ Define words or slang; make the words real with examples from your experiences; explore why the author would have used a particular word or phrase. ♣ Make connections to other parts of the book. Mark quotes and note why they are important ♣ Make connections to other texts you have read or seen, including: o Movies o Comic books/graphic novels o News events o Other books, stories, plays, songs, or poems ♣ Draw a picture when a visual connection is appropriate. ♣ Re-write, paraphrase, or summarize a particularly difficult passage or moment. ♣ Make meaningful connections to your own life experiences. ♣ Describe a new perspective you may now have. ♣ Explain the historical context or traditions/social customs that are used in the passage. ♣ Offer an analysis or interpretation of what is happening in the text. ♣ Point out and discuss literary techniques that the author is using.

If you are stuck, consider completing the sentences below in the margins of your pages:

  • This interests me because…
  • This reminds me of…
  • This shocks me because…
  • This disgusts/upsets me because…
  • This confuses me because…
  • This inspires me because…
  • I can relate to this because…
  • This line really impacts me because…
  • This part of the book will stay with me because…

There are no exceptions to the summer reading program. If a student has transferred after August 1, it is the student‘s responsibility to make arrangements for the completion of the assignments with his/her English teacher. If those who transfer after August 1 have not completed the summer reading by halfway through the first quarter, the assignments will be given zeros. If there are any questions, please contact the school or a teacher in the English department.

 


 

Grade 9 – Advanced English 1; English 1

Required Book 1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Required Book 2: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

 

Grade 10 – Advanced American Literature; American Literature; General American Literature

PICK AND ANNOTATE ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:          Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Book 2:          The Martian by Andy Weir

Book 3:          In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Book 4:          Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Book 5:          Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Book 6:          Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Book 7:          The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Book 8:          Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Book 9:          Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book 10:       I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Book 11:       Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Book 12:       The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Book 13:       The Revenant by Michael Punke

Book 14:       The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

Book 15:       The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus

Book 16:       Dune by Frank Herbert

 

Grade 11 – Advanced British Literature; British Literature

PICK AND ANNOTATE ANY TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:          1984 by George Orwell

Book 2:          Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Book 3:          The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Book 4:          American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Book 5:          Dracula by Bram Stoker

Book 6:          A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Book 7:          His Dark Materials (any of the series) by Philip Pullman

Book 8:          The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Book 9:          Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Book 10:       The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Book 11:       Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book 12:       A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Book 13:       Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Book 14:       Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Book 15:       The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Book 16:       The Dubliners by James Joyce

Book 17:       Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Book 18:       Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Book 19:       Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Book 20:       Watership Down by Richard Adams

Book 21:       Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

Grade 11 – AP Language and Composition

PICK AND ANNOTHER ANY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:          1984 by George Orwell

Book 2:          Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Book 3:          The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Book 4:          Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Book 5:          Dracula by Bram Stoker

Book 6:          A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Book 7:          His Dark Materials (any of the series) by Philip Pullman

Book 8:          The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Book 9:          Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Book 10:       The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Book 11:       Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Book 12:       A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Book 13:       Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Book 14:       Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Book 15:       The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Book 16:       The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Book 17:       American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Book 18:       White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Book 19:       The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Book 20:       The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Book 21:       The Dubliners by James Joyce

Book 22:       Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Book 23:       Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Book 24:       Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Book 25:       Watership Down by Richard Adams

Book 26:       Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

 

Grade 12 – Advanced World Literature; World Literature

PICK AND ANNOTATE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:          The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Book 2:          The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Book 3:          The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book 4:          Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book 5:          The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Book 6:          Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Book 7:          The Plague by Albert Camus

Book 8:          The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book 9:          Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Book 10:       The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Book 11:       Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Book 12:       Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Book 13:       Doctor Zhivago BY Boris Pasternak

Book 14:       Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Book 15:       Life of Pi by Yann Martel

 

Grade 12 – AP Literature and Composition

PICK AND ANNOTATE ANY THREE OF THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

Book 1:          The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Book 2:          The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Book 3:          The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Book 4:          Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book 5:          The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Book 6:          Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Book 7:          The Plague by Albert Camus

Book 8:          The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book 9:          Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Book 10:       The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Book 11:       Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Book 12:       Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Book 13:       Doctor Zhivago BY Boris Pasternak

Book 14:       Blindness by Jose Saramago

Book 15:       Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Book 16:       Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Book 17:       Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Book 18:       Kaffir Boy:The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane

Book 19:       A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Book 20:       Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin

 


 

Contact information:

Mrs. Lori Cassidy
English Department Chair
lorijanecassidy4@gmail.com
Nativity BVM High School (570) 622-8110