Summer Reading Lists

2018 Summer Reading Assignments

Each student is required to read The Last Lecture AND the books required for the English class he/she will be taking for the 2018-19 school year (see below). 

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! 

Post a photo of you reading The Last Lecture with the hashtag, #LancersLastLecture on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a prize!

 

 

English 9- Regents & Honors

All students must read The Last Lecture  by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch

In addition to this book, 9 Regents must read:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee)

 

In addition to The Last Lecture, 9 Honors must read:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee) AND
  • Alas Babylon (Pat Frank)

 

Assignment(s):

  1.  The Last Lecture: All students should be prepared for online discussion assignments, which will be given in September.
  2.   To Kill a Mocking Bird: Take notes while reading to prepare for a multiple choice test upon returning to school in September.
  3.   Alas Babylon (Honors students only): Take notes to prepare for a written analysis of major themes, characters, plot, and resolution of the novel when students return to school in September.
English 10- Regents and Honors

All students must read The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch.

In addition to this book, 10 Regents must read:

  • Looking for Alaska (John Green)

 

In addition to The Last Lecture, 10 Honors must read:

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

 

ASSIGNMENT(s):

  1. The Last Lecture: Students are required to participate on the weekly Schoology discussion board in the summer.  All directions for each class will be posted on Schoology.  The join code is  GPPZ7-SH75X
  2. Students should take notes on all assigned reading to prepare for a multiple choice test in September.
English 11- Regents

All students must read The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch.

In addition to this book, English 11 Regents must read:

  • The Bell Jar (Slyvia Plath)

 

ASSIGNMENT(s):

  1. The Last Lecture: Students are required to participate on the weekly Schoology discussion board in the summer.  All directions for each class will be posted on Schoology.  The join code is  GPPZ7-SH75X
  2. Students should take notes on all assigned reading to prepare for a multiple choice test in September.
English 11- AP English Language and Composition

All students must read The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch.

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

  • On Writing (Stephen King) AND
  • All But My Life (Gerda Weissmann Klein)

 

ASSIGNMENT(s):

  1. The Last Lecture: Students are required to participate on the weekly Schoology discussion board in the summer.  All directions for each class will be posted on Schoology.  The join code is  GPPZ7-SH75X
  2. Students should take notes on all assigned reading to prepare for a multiple choice test in September.
  3. Students should be prepared to write a rhetorical analysis essay for On Writing when they return. Criteria for a rhetorical analysis will be taught in September, but students should take notes on both content and literary/rhetorical devices as they read.
English 12- Regents

All students must read The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch.

In addition to this book, English 12 must read:

  • Into the Wild (John Krakauer)

 

ASSIGNMENT(s):

  1. The Last Lecture: Students are required to participate on the weekly Schoology discussion board in the summer.  All directions for each class will be posted on Schoology.  The join code is  GPPZ7-SH75X
  2. Students should take notes on all assigned reading to prepare for a multiple choice test in September.
English 12- AP English Literature and Composition

All students must read The Last Lecture by Jeffrey Zaslow and Randy Pausch.

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

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Mark Haddon) AND CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
  • The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
  • The Portrait of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

ASSIGNMENT(s):

  1. The Last Lecture: Students are required to participate on the weekly Schoology discussion board in the summer.  All directions for each class will be posted on Schoology.  The join code is  GPPZ7-SH75X
  2. Students should take notes on all assigned reading to prepare for a multiple choice test in September.
  3. Students should also take notes on content and literary devices on one of the books above.  They should be prepared to write a literary analysis essay on this book in September.