Required Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2020

Students: Please read the novel that is associated with your grade level. Be prepared upon returning to school in August for vocabulary, class activities, and/or projects related to your assigned novel. 

Grade/Class Novel Author
9th Regular & Honors To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
10th Regular & Honors Cry the Beloved Country Alan Paton
11th Regular Gifted Hands Ben Carson
11th Honors The Time Keeper Mitch Albom
12th Regular The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

**There is NO Summer Reading assignment for those seniors going into College English 101.

Annotation Activity: Annotation is an essential part of close reading. There are many different ways to approach this task, but your overall goal should be to develop a conversation with the text that leads to deeper understanding and critical thinking. Your annotations may be in the form of sticky notes, highlights and margin notes, or typed/handwritten notes on a separate piece of paper. Include between 10-20 annotations* that cover important ideas or quotes from the novel that will allow you to participate in class discussions. No matter what, your annotations should always demonstrate thoughtful reflection on the text. (*10-20 total for the entire book)

Annotation Suggestions:

  • Do you agree or disagree with an idea being presented?
  • Are there particularly poignant or important quotes?
  • Notice or comment on a literary device--simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, allusion, irony, symbolism. What effect does it have on your understanding of the text?
  • Do your feelings shift in relation to a character or the action of the story? Why?
  • Is there a deeper meaning to a passage in the text?
  • Can you identify new words or important terminology included in the text?
  • Note points in the story that have an emotional impact on you.

Your pages do not have to have this much annotation. You can see from this page, though, the different ways you can analyze the text. Your job in annotation is to point out to yourself important parts of the story: the actions, the emotion, and the language—of the author or the characters.