Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

In order to best support our students and their families, the Holy Family English Dept. is making some changes to the summer reading program. As partners in your child’s education, we believe these changes will allow families a broader range of choice and engagement with their child’s developing literacy.
 
9th grade, non-Honors:
Please read one of the following novels:
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

9th grade Honors:
Please read the novel below and another choice reading novel.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
**Please see the choice reading guideposts below for guidance.

10th Grade Honors:
Please read the novel below and another choice reading novel.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

10th-12th grades (Regular):
Choose a novel or non-fiction book and read it in its entirety before the beginning of school. Please see the Guideposts for Choice Reading below.

AP Language & Composition
Students will be invited to a Google Classroom at the start of summer with information about summer reading requirements. Please check your HF email.

AP Literature & Composition
Students will be invited to a Google Classroom at the start of summer with information about summer reading requirements. Please check your HF email.

Guideposts for Choice Reading:
-Family approved
-Of interest to the student
-Both length and content ensure completion of the book
-While there are wonderful graphic and comic books, please choose a traditional book
-Age and reading-level appropriate: While there is great value in young adult and children’s literature, your choice needs to be at or slightly above your reading level. If you are unsure your book meets this criteria, please reach out to your current English teacher. A quick internet search can also help to determine the intended audience and reading level of a book. You can also use this website to see if the book is appropriate for a high school reader: https://bookwizard.scholastic.com (Not all books are available on that site, but it is a helpful guidepost for most titles.)

Accountability (all grade levels and classes):
By the second day of school, students will receive a choice of essay prompts and will work in their English classes to select relevant quotations from their novel for an in-class essay. Students need to have a copy of the text available to them for the entire first week of school.