Summer reading keeps students engaged in academic reading and introduces them to ideas, topics and themes that will be covered in the coming school year. The reading material chosen will inform and direct the initial classroom discussions and assessments, as well as serving as a foundation from which teachers can begin addressing key terminology and class procedures.
All incoming freshmen should choose one of the following titles in addition to the selection from their English course.
The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Guide to Ending The Stress of School by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien
10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) by Thomas Frank
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
Making it Stick:The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown
The Six Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make by Sean Covey
Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by J. Augustine Wetta O.S.B
In addition to the required reading for English courses listed below, students are expected to read other books of interest to support a love of reading and intellectual curiosity.
English I The Hobbitt J.R.R. Tolkien
Honors English I Excerpt from 40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology, Ed. Beverly Lawn (This selection will be sent to all students enrolled in Honors English I.)
English II The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Honors English II Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
English III Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
AP English Language and Composition Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
English IV 1984, George Orwell
AP English Literature 1984, George Orwell Never Let Me Go, Kazuro Ishiguro