Summer Reading Assignments

English and History Departments

English 1 Honors

Incoming 9th Graders: English 1 Honors (Mrs. Hinds & Mrs. Pointon)

  1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  2. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Assignment:

  • Choose ONE of the above novels to read
  • Read (and hopefully) enjoy your novel
    • We highly suggest that you annotate or take notes on your selection. You will be given the opportunity to use your book to complete the summer reading assessment at the beginning of the year and those annotations/notes may prove useful.
  • Summer reading assessment. The assessment may cover the following:
    • Character development
    • Literary devices
    • Effects of literary devices in the text
    • Important quotations
    • Theme analysis

    *Some titles may contain mature content and themes. Please research the titles and discuss with your parents before selecting your novel.


English 2 Honors

Incoming 10th Graders: English 2 Honors (Mr. Van Dam & Mrs. Ledford)

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  3. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Child Soldier by Ishmael Baeh

The Assignment:

  • Choose ONE of the above novels to read
  • Read (and hopefully) enjoy your novel
    • We highly suggest that you annotate or take notes on your selection. You will be given the opportunity to use your book to complete the summer reading assessment at the beginning of the year and those annotations/notes may prove useful.
  • Summer reading assessment. The assessment may cover the following:
    • Character development
    • Literary devices
    • Effects of literary devices in the text
    • Important quotations
    • Theme analysis

    *Some titles may contain mature content and themes. Please research the titles and discuss with your parents before selecting your novel.

English 3 AP (Language and Composition)

Incoming 11th Graders: English 3 AP Language (Mrs. Farmer & Mrs. Hinds)

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Assignment:

  • Read (and hopefully) enjoy your novel
    • We highly suggest that you annotate or take notes on your selection. You will be given the opportunity to use your book to complete the summer reading assessment at the beginning of the year and those annotations/notes may prove useful.
  • Summer reading assessment. The assessment may cover the following:
    • Character development
    • Literary devices
    • Effects of literary devices in the text
    • Important quotations
    • Theme analysis

English 4 AP (Literature and Composition)

Incoming 12th Graders: English 4 AP Literature (Mrs. Sheridan)

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Assignment:

  • Choose ONE of the above dystopian novels to read
  • Read (and hopefully) enjoy your novel
    • We highly suggest that you annotate or take notes on your selection. You will be given the opportunity to use your book to complete the summer reading assessment at the beginning of the year and those annotations/notes may prove useful.
  • Summer reading assessment. The assessment may cover the following:
    • Character development
    • Literary devices
    • Effects of literary devices in the text
    • Important quotations
    • Theme analysis

    *Some titles may contain mature content and themes. Please research the titles and discuss with your parents before selecting your novel.

AP World History

Please read and annotate the attached packet and bring it to class the first day of school. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Anderson at Beth.Anderson@svusd.org

AP World History Summer Reading Packet