English Summer Reading
 

CHS English Department
2016-2017 Required Summer
Reading List

 

Incoming NINTH Grade

Dear Incoming 9th Graders – ALL of you!

Although there is no specific requirement for summer reading, we encourage you to read at least one GOOD novel this summer.  We have come up with a list of books that might be of interest to you, but by no means should this be limiting for you.  Choose books that may not be the most popular among your friends, but that sound good to you!

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Dead End by Jack Gantos
Unwind by Neil Shusterman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman*
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abel-Fattah
My Name Is Mina by David Almond
Skellig by David Almond*
Bronxwood by Coe Booth
Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
First Things Last by Angela Johnson*
Looking for Red by Angela Johnson
Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
Foundation by Isaac Asimov*
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen*
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

*Really, anything by these authors

We recommend the Young Adult Library Services (a division of American Library Association) website for many, many more ideas on books to read:

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults#current

Have a great summer and we look forward to hearing about your most interesting book when you get to class in the Fall!

The Freshman Academy Teachers

 

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Incoming TENTH Grade

Regular English II - None

Pre-Ap English II - Click Here for Summer Reading Requirements
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Incoming ELEVENTH Grade

Regular English III – None

Pre-AP English III – None

AP English Language and Composition
In C
old Blood, by Truman Capote  Students should annotate the text heavily, using  “How to Mark a Book” as a guideline.  Students are expected to thoroughly analyze the novel's literary devices, rhetorical strategies, archetypal structures, etc.—not only to deepen understandings, but to facilitate discussions and demonstrate skills. 

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Incoming Regular TWELFTH Grade: No assigned summer reading

International Studies English IV Summer Reading: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusa

Senior AP English will be reading the 2nd Norton Critical Edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.  Read the novel, including the “Introduction” and “Preface.”  Also read the “Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831)," Chris Baldick’s “Assembling Frankenstein,” and George Levine’s “The Ambiguous Heritage of Frankenstein” (available online).

Students should annotate the text heavily, using the English Department’s  handout on “How to Mark a Book” as a guideline.   Students are expected to thoroughly analyze the novel's thematic developments, literary devices, rhetorical strategies, archetypal structures, etc.—not only to deepen understandings, but also to facilitate discussions and demonstrate skills.

 

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