Required Summer Reading

2019-20 academic year

English 9: Students will read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and should be prepared to be tested week 1 of school year the 2019-20. For more information, click here.


English 9 Honors: Purchase a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and read it before the start of school. Bring your copy with you on the first day of school. For more information, click here.


English 10: Students will read A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, and should be prepared to be tested week 1 of school year 2019-20. For more information, click here.


English 10 Honors: Students will read A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, and provide complete annotations of the book as they read.  Students should be prepared to be tested week 1 of the school year 2019-20. For more information, click here.

  1. As you read, highlight, underline or circle key information (see number 3 below).
  2. As you read, take marginal notes. These notes can include stars, checkmarks, phrases, questions, question marks, words, etc.
  3. Keep a list of key information with page numbers on the inside front cover (character development, plot elements, literary devices used, unknown vocabulary words).
  4. Write a brief summary at the end of each chapter or section (a line or two, or however much is needed).

English 11 and English 11 Honors: Students will read Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, and complete the Graphic Organizer (see separate document) that includes quotes and explanations from each of the Tuesdays Mitch and Morrie meet. Be prepared to complete assignments and an assessment on the book upon returning to school. For more information, click here.


English 12 and English 12 Honors: Students will read The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch. As you read each chapter, write in one complete sentence the lesson you took from reading that particular chapter. Do not quote a line from the book. Put the lesson in your own words. The document can be typed or completed in pen - no pencil. Make sure to indicate the chapter number in front of each lesson you write. For more information, click here.


Special note for College English 101 students: 

There is no required summer reading assignment. Students have been asked to purchase Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer to bring to school in August.