AHS Summer Reading - 2018

Summer Reading

All Grade Levels - Summer Reading List 2018

Grade 7

All levels, including Resource, will read the short stories “Seventh Grade” and “The Challenge” by Gary Soto.

All levels, except Resource and ELA I, will also read “Malala Yousafzai: A ‘Normal’ Yet Powerful Girl” and “Excerpt from The Story of My Life.”

All levels must complete the appropriate study guides.

Copies of the texts and study guides are available in the SPS office as well as Mrs. Allman’s school website. 

Grade 8

Honors ELA 8: Select one of the following novels (unabridged) and keep a journal.  Please see Mrs. Stack’s website for further directions on how to complete the journal assignment.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Montgomery
  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  • Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson

ELA 8 Resource, and ELA Levels I and II: Please read the novel Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. You are responsible for answering questions which will be submitted at the beginning of the school year.  Please see Mrs. Stack’s  website for the questions and directions. Resource should follow the same directions as Level I on Mrs. Stack’s website.

Grade 9

English I College Prep and Honors: Take notes on the theme of “power” for ONE of the following books. You will be writing an essay when you return to school.

  • The Storyteller* by Jodi Picoult (* MA - does contain Mature material)
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

English I: Please be prepared for an assessment on the reading selection when you return to school. Please visit the AHS website for summer assignments for the study guides to help with your reading.

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • Rumblefish by S.E. Hinton

Grade 10

English II Honors: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

English II College Prep: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

English II: Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam

Grade 11

AP English Language and Composition: Must read all the following and see Mrs. Kavanaugh for their reading assignment.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Honors English III:  Must read ALL the following. Be prepared to write an essay the first week of the school year (hint: it would be helpful to take notes, annotate, journal, etc. -anything that will help you recall the material from the books)

  • On the Rez (Ian Frazier)
  • How to Do Good Better (William MacAskill)
  • Any work of fiction by an American author, your choice (May NOT read The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby)

College Prep English III and English III: Choose one of the following:

  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles

English III RCR: Please check Ms. Loomis’ (Morrison’s) website for:

  • Digital downloads are available for all short readings
  • Assignments attached on website
  • “American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality” by Ari Shapiro
  • From, The World Around Him by Horatio Alger Jr.
  • From, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
  • From, A Civil War Nurse by Louisa May Alcott

Grade 12

AP English Literature and Composition: Must read The Sirens of Titan, the “Death of a Naturalist” section from the Seamus Heaney collection, and one other book from the list below. See Mr. Rowan for further instructions.

  • The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller
  • King Lear by Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Honors English IV: Read Hard Times by Charles Dickens and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (These texts are available at school.)

Assignment: All notation work must be included with assignment.  Notes will be handed in with papers first day of class.

  1. Select 10 significant passages from each novel.  Copy the passage completely and note the page number.
  2. From the 20 passages choose four from each novel that you see as a connecting thread of meaning between both novels.  (Think theme!)
  3. Create an outline of a paper that analyzes how each author reveals the theme.  (Think characterization or setting.) Make sure you use the chosen passage as an example for your analysis.
  4. Compose a typed 2-3 page paper (double-spaced) with parenthetical citations and works cited in which you analyze how these passages connect in a significant way.  Support your analysis with quotations from texts.


English IV College Prep: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (These texts are available at school.)

English IV:  Read the following. As you read, please make a list of the “life lessons” learned. If you would like a copy of the novel to borrow for the summer, please see Ms. Gidjunis (C206).

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

English IV RCR: Please check Ms. Loomis’ (Morrison’s) website for summer assignment:

  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer