PURPOSE FOR SUMMER READING
Reading during the summer is important for everyone! It helps readers keep and improve the reading skills they developed during the school year. Stephen Krashen, author of The Power of Reading, concludes that reading is the most powerful tool available for building vocabulary as well as the ability to read, write, spell, and comprehend. In addition, voluntary reading has a major impact on literacy development.
Independent Reading DOES Make a Difference
Percentile Rank on
Minutes of Text Reading per Day
Estimated Number of
Words Read per Year
SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS
Incoming 7th-12th grade students will complete a summer reading assignment.
Incoming 7th-8th grade students will complete an assignment during the first few days/weeks of school based on their summer reading.
Incoming 9th-12th grade students will bring a completed summer reading assignment by the dates specifid in assignment (see links below).
Summer Reading Requirement
7th Grade Reading
8th Grade English
ESL I (High School)
English I—On Level
English I Pre AP/IB
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
English I Pre AP/
IB GT Phoenix
Great American Short Stories by Wallace & Mary Stegner:
“Rip Van Winkle,” “Young Goodman Brown,” and
“The Fall of the House of Usher,”
plus 3 stories of the student’s choice from the remaining selections.
ESL II (High School)
English II—On Level
English II Pre AP/IB
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
English II Pre AP/
IB GT Phoenix
Anthem by Ayn Rand
ESL III (High School)
English III-On Level
AP English III
Select TWO of the following books:
I’m Down by Mishna Wolff
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Eli Wiesel
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife
Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife
Quiet by Susan Cain
Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand
The Signet Book of American Essays by Jerry Weiss
plus two student choice books of literary merit
IB English III
IB/GT Phoenix English III
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
English IV -On Level
AP English IV
Oedipus the King by Sophocles
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
plus one student choice book of literary merit
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
plus two student choice books for sheer enjoyment
IB English IV
IB/GT English IV
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Book Trailers and Summaries :
Consider accessing the City of Allen Library and/or local bookstores. New, used, or electronic books are acceptable.
Note: It is not required that the book be purchased. Library checkout is an acceptable option.
AS YOU READ
Readers should consider these questions as they read:
- Why did I choose this book?
- What about it holds my interest? What about it did I like?
- How/why would I recommend this book to someone?
- How could I summarize this text to share it with others?
WHEN SCHOOL BEGINS
When school begins, students will need to know:
- Summary of the text