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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer Reading List

Here is the summer reading list for 2017-2018 school year. The lists have been compiled by the English teachers to reflect the emphasis of the literature class for which the students will be enrolled in for the 2017-2018 school year. These reading assignments are mandatory; students will receive a grade for the activity.  


Summer Reading List  (Incoming grades 8-12)

The second day of school, students must bring their annotated summer reading books to class.  Assignments the first days of school will be based on the summer reading.  Because we are requiring that the students annotate the summer reading, it is better if they own the book (to write in it) as opposed to borrowing it from the library or using an ebook.  Please contact the school office if you have any questions at 329-4898.

English 8

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

I am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai


World Literature (most 9th-10th graders) 

 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy (ISBN: 0451532171

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Honors class only)

Note: Students who signed up for Honors World Literature must read all 3 books above)


British Literature (most 11th/12th graders)

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Hobbitt by J.R.R. Tolkein

Note: Honors British Leterature students must read the 2 books listed above AND ONE of the following:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

** AP Literature students will receive their summer reading from Mr. Herrmann


 Annotation Guide

Annotating is a very purposeful note taking system that encourages active reading rather than passive reading.  It helps deepen the understanding of a text and promotes close reading and literary analysis.  Below is a guide to annotating.  More information may be found via the internet as well.  Annotating each of the summer reading books is a requirement for the class and will be graded upon the student's return next semester.  Students must bring their annotated summer reading books to class on the first day.  

circle: Circle powerful words and phrases found in the test and explain briefly why they are significant. 

underline: Underline words you do not know.  Look up the definition and write it next to the word.

TH: Highlight/ identify recurring themes in the text or messages the author might be trying to covey

!: Place an exclamation mark next to things that surprise you or particularly interest you (explain why).

?: Place a question mark next to parts of the text that you don't fully understand or places that raise questions.  

WRITE: In the margins, write important thoughts you have or connections you make in the reading. 

WRITE: In the margins, write specific questions you have while reading.