Spring Valley High School Summer Reading 2015 Summer Reading Philosophy Much of today’s research continues to insist that nothing will improve a student’s overall academic achievement in school (and in life) better than reading. The simple act of reading, regardless of the difficulty level, provides a means of enrichment that society cannot afford to lose. We want students to develop a love for reading that will translate into a life-long habit of reading. The Spring Valley English Department hopes for all students to experience the pleasure of reading and the opportunity for enlightenment through our summer reading suggestions. The suggestions at each grade level will enhance the experience of reading for English classes during the school year. The intent of the Summer Reading Suggestions is to encourage students to continue and extend their reading experiences. This reading is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged. The titles have been selected by our English Department teachers to promote independent reading and thinking and to offer students a chance to extend their literary foundation in preparation for future courses. Our biggest hope is that the summer reading program will stimulate continued appreciation for the pure joy of reading at all grade levels while providing a meaningful extension of the learning process. In addition to the summer reading titles, a suggested list of titles for AP course preparation is included for eleventh and twelfth grades. Students may acquire their summer reading text in a variety of ways. Students are not required to purchase a text for summer reading. Students may elect to buy their text, borrow it from the library, download it legally onto an electronic reader (Kindle, Nook, etc.), or read it online if it is legally available. If you have any trouble locating or acquiring a copy of your summer reading text choices, you may contact Mrs. Nancy Glenn for options and details (contact information below). The summer reading information is located on the Spring Valley High School webpage. For any additional information regarding these suggested readings, please contact Ms. Kim Bouchey at 699-3500 ext 69222 or [email protected]
*Note: Email is best during the summer months.
College Preparatory Summer Reading Students in College Preparatory courses are encouraged to read during the summer for enjoyment and academic growth in reading comprehension. Our department encourages students to read texts that they are interested in and offers the following titles as suggestions.
Ninth Grade English I College Prep Students enrolled in English I College Prep are encouraged to read one or more of the following novels: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn The First Part Last by Angela Johnson Club Dread (Hunted Book Two) by Walter Sorrell Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Tenth Grade English II College Prep Students enrolled in English II College Prep are encouraged to read one or more of the following novels: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Having Our Say by Sarah L. and Elizabeth Delany 145th Street Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Eleventh Grade English III College Prep Students enrolled in English III College Prep are encouraged to read one or both of the following novels: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards The Shining by Stephen King The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Twelfth Grade English IV College Prep Students enrolled in English IV College Prep are encouraged to read one or both of the following novels: Grendel by John Gardner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Honors/ AP Summer Reading Texts and Assignments Ninth Grade English I Honors Students enrolled in English I Honors (T & G English) are encouraged to complete the following assignment. Please follow the instructions carefully, and remember to allot enough time in which to process the reading. Students are to choose ONE of the following: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Parents are encouraged to review book choices with their student to ensure the appropriateness of the content. All of the titles center on a “Coming of Age” theme. If students complete this reading assignment, they should complete a journal that includes a summary of the relevant plot information for each chapter as well as any relevant character information. Students should also include reactions to the reading and significant quotes that are relevant to theme. The content of the journal should be in depth enough to aid the student in writing an in-class essay. The students will be allowed to use it on the day of the in-class essay. *Students who do not choose to read one of the suggested titles will still complete an in-class essay on a different topic.
Tenth Grade English 2 Honors Students enrolled in English 2 Honors are encouraged to read one or more of the following texts as they will connect to and enhance the understanding of texts read during the course. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway The Odyssey by Homer To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Night by Elie Weisel
Eleventh Grade English 3 Honors and AP English Language & Composition Students enrolled in English 3 Honors or AP English Language and Composition are encouraged to read one or more of the following texts as they will connect to and enhance the understanding of texts read during the course. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass A Light in August by William Faulkner A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor A Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Black Boy by Richard Wright
Reading Suggestions for Literary Enhancement AP Language and Composition The following titles/ authors will be useful upon entering the AP Language course. They are often mentioned in class and will enhance the reading experiences during the course. Most are texts that are read and studied in 9th or 10th grade literature courses. Students are encouraged to read and/ or review these texts during the summer. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Lord of the Flies by William Golding To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 1984 by George Orwell Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Othello by William Shakespeare Oedipus Rex and Antigone by Sophocles
Twelfth Grade English 4 Honors and AP English Literature & Composition Students enrolled in English 4 Honors or AP English Literature and Composition are encouraged to read one or more of the following texts as they will connect to and enhance the understanding of texts read during the course. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson The Tempest by William Shakespeare King Lear by William Shakespeare To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Reading Suggestions for Literary Enhancement AP Literature and Composition The following titles/ authors will be useful upon entering the AP Literature course. They are often mentioned in class and will enhance the reading experiences during the course. Most are texts that are read and studied in 11th grade/ American Literature courses. Students are encouraged to read and/ or review these texts during the summer. Students should also refer to the suggested titles for the AP Language course in addition to these titles. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Crucible by Arthur Miller East of Eden by John Steinbeck *AP Literature Students are encouraged to take notes on their reading that include relevant information on plot, character, setting, writing style, symbols, theme, and conflict. Students should also look for significant quotes that are relevant to theme. These notes will be useful on assignments during the course in preparation for the AP exam.