Summer Reading Lists

2020 Summer Reading Assignments

In addition to the assignments below, all students will be tested on the book(s) and terms upon returning to school in September.

English 9- Regents & Honors

9 Regents must read:

  • The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)

9 Honors must read:

  • The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne) AND
  • Alas Babylon (Pat Frank)

Assignment(s):

Define and study the following literary terms:

1. antagonist
2. character
3. characterization
4. conflict
5. exposition
6. figurative language
7. flashback
8. foreshadowing
9. genre
10. literal
11. narrator
12. plot
13. point of view
14. protagonist
15. setting
English 10- Regents and Honors

10 Regents must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)

10 Honors must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green) AND
  • Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)

ASSIGNMENT:

Define and study the following literary terms:
1. antagonist
2. character
3. characterization
4. conflict
5. exposition
6. figurative language
7. flashback
8. foreshadowing
9. genre
10. literal
11. narrator
12. plot
13. point of view
14. protagonist
15. setting
AND
1. Alliteration
2. Allusion
3. Assonance 
4. Consonance
5. Dialogue
6. Hyperbole
7. Imagery
8. Metaphor
9. Oxymoron
10. Personification
11. Simile
12. Sonnet
13. Symbol
14. Symbolism
15. Theme
English 11- Regents

English 11 Regents must read:

  • The Other Wes Moore (Wes Moore)

ASSIGNMENT:

All English 10 terms AND

  1. Connotation

  2. Couplet

  1. Denotation

  2. Epitaph

  1. Foil

  1. Irony

  1. Monologue

  1. Mood

  2. Motif

  3.  Parallelism

  4.  Shift

  5.  Soliloquy

  6.  Style

  7.  Syntax

  8. Tone

English 11- AP English Language and Composition

AP English Lang and Comp must read:

  • On Writing (Stephen King) AND
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)

ASSIGNMENT:

Define and study the following writing strategies and rhetorical terms:
  1. Allusion

  2. Anaphora

  3. Antecedent

  4. Anecdote

  5. Asyndeton

  6. Chiasmus

  7. Connotation

  8. Denotation

  9. Diction

  10. Ellipsis

  11. Ethos (credibility)

  12. Euphemism

  13. Figurative Language

  14. Irony

  15. Jargon

  16. Juxtaposition

  17. Logos (logical)

  18. Loose (cumulative) sentences

  19. Metaphor

  20. Metonymy

  21. Paradox

  22. Parallelism (parallel structure)

  23. Parenthetical Idea  

  24. Pathos (emotional)

  25. Polysyndeton

  26. Rhetoric

  27. Rhetorical Question

  28. Satire

  29. Shift

  30. Synecdoche

  31. Syntax

  32. Thesis

  33. Tone

  34. Understatement 

  35. Vernacular

English 12

English 12 must read:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

Assignment:

Define and study ALL of English 9-11 terms

English 12- AP English Literature and Composition

AP English Lit and Comp must read:

  • The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) AND
  • Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

ASSIGNMENT:

Define and study ALL of English 9-11 terms