Summer Required Reading

Summer 2019

One of the requirements of all students to achieve the highest levels of success from the start of the year is summer reading. We believe in this practice, as it has been shown to continue development of reading comprehension skills, build vocabulary, and broaden reading inventory necessary for the college preparation process.

Below are the grade-level specific English Summer Reading Guides for Summer 2019. Review them carefully, and be prepared for the assignment in the first week of the 2019-20 school year.


  • Read ​the assigned book or one of the assigned books before the first day of school.

  • While reading, use the questions provided to guide your thinking and understanding of the text.

  • We encourage you to annotate the text, using the questions as guidance. Doing this while reading is the best way to think deeply about the questions and engage with the text. (On iBooks, you can annotate easily by highlighting and adding notes to chosen sections.)

  • On one of the first days of school, you will write an in-class essay related to one of the questions listed in your Summer Reading Guide. You will be allowed to use your iBook/book and any annotations to help you with the essay.

Order Your Book(s):

English 1

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone (required to purchase on iBooks)

English 2

Choose one of the following:

English 3

Choose one of the following:

English 4

Choose one of the following:

AP Language

AP Literature

How to Read Literature Like a Professor​, by Thomas C. Foster


one of the following:

IB English A: Juniors

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

IB English A: Seniors

How to Read Literature Like a Professor​, by Thomas C. Foster


a novel of your choice

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