Summer Reading Lists

2019 Summer Reading Assignments

Each student is required to read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press AND the books required for the English class he/she will be taking for the 2019-20 school year (see below).

For this year’s Common Read, St. Mary’s is proud to partner with Zuiker Press on a new series of graphic novels written by students from across the nation. Zuiker Press was created by Anthony Zuiker, creator of television’s CSI franchise, serving as executive producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber and his wife, Michelle Zuiker, a veteran teacher of 17 years.

All students at SMH will be required to read both:

Click: A Story of Cyberbullying

by Alexandra Philips

and

Colorblind: A Story of Racism

by Johnathan Harris

Common Reading:

The practice of assigning students “common reading”—asking them to read the same book simultaneously—has gained popularity in recent years as secondary schools, colleges, and universities have sought new ways to enrich the campus experience. Common reading programs rest on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people closer together as a community.

As the whole school is taking part in this "common read," we thought we would make it a little more interesting!

English 9- Regents & Honors

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to these novels, 9 Regents must read:

  • The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)

In addition to Click and Colorblind, 9 Honors must read:

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

 

Assignment(s):

  1.  An assessment will be given upon return on key items in the books.
English 10- Regents and Honors

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to these novels, 10 Regents must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)

 

In addition to Click and Mend, 10 Honors must read:

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

 

ASSIGNMENT:

  1. Assessment will be given upon return to school on key elements within each book.
English 11- Regents

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to these novels, English 11 Regents must read:

  • The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)

 

ASSIGNMENT:

  1. An assessment will be given upon return to school on key elements within the books.
English 11- AP English Language and Composition

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to this book, AP English Lang and Comp must read:

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

 

ASSIGNMENT:

  1. An assessment will be given upon return to school on key elements within the books.
English 12- College Writing

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to this book, English 12 must read:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)

Assignment:

  1. An assessment will be given upon return to school on key elements within the book.
English 12- AP English Literature and Composition

All students must read Click and Colorblind, graphic novels by Zuiker Press

In addition to these books, AP English Lit and Comp must read:

  • The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) AND
  • Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

ASSIGNMENT:

  1. An assessment will be given upon return to school on key elements within the books.