English Summer Reading 2015
Mount Greylock Regional School
Read Boy, Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. Most likely you have read at least one of Roald Dahl’s books. If not, we encourage you to read one of his novels this summer in addition to Boy. While reading Boy, consider how Dahl’s life experiences influenced his fiction writing. Record your thoughts in at least one full paragraph. Remember: Read at least two other titles. Please bring in your paragraph and a list of all the books and authors you read this summer for the first day of school.
Read The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney. Themes to respond to: 1. Family 2. Courage 3. Fear 4. Prejudice. Pick 5-7 profound passages that focus on the themes and respond. Each of your responses should be at least one paragraph in length. Be prepared to share your thoughts in class. Read at least two other titles.
College Prep: Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.
Honors: Read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.
College Prep: Read A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on this book during the first week of school.
Honors: Read one of the following texts and come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Atonement by Ian McEwan
You will be tested on and expected to discuss the following books when you return to school in the fall. To this end, it is wise to take brief notes on characters, themes, and style.
Students taking College Prep Level English 11: Read This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolf.
Students taking Honors Level English 11: In addition to reading This Boy’s Life, you must also read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.
English 11; AP Language and Composition ~ Summer Assignments
All assignments are due the day you return to school; no exceptions. Books are available at Barnes & Noble, Water Street Books, Amazon and at your local library. The newspaper may be read either on-line or hard copy, however, the articles for the assignment should be attached (in hard copy) to your response.* This is a college level, rigorous and fast-paced class. If you are not a voracious reader and writer, consider enrolling in Honors level instead.
This Boy’s Life
By Tobias Wolf
Keep in mind the following questions as you read, then write a 500 word response when you finish the memoir that specifically answers the questions:
What are some of the factors in this memoir that reflect American Culture?
What techniques does the author use to turn the nonfiction account of his own life into what reads like fiction (a novel)? Due: Day One
Grapes of Wrath
By John Steinbeck
Pay close attention to the inter-chapters; these are the chapters that create a pause in the plot. Each inter-chapter presents a focused view on a single aspect of life outside of the Joad’s story. Keep notes on the topic, style and possible reason for each inter-chapter. Bring to class neatly typed, chronologically organized notes. Due: Day One
Elements of Style
Strunk & White
Read it, enjoy it, know it. Due: Day One
Read a reputable daily newspaper. Bring to class a news story, an editorial and a column from The New York Times or other reputable newspaper; attach* them to your essay of 500-800 words comparing/contrasting the three styles of writing.
Due: Day One
11/12 Honors Tolkien:
You will be tested on and expected to discuss the following books when you return to school in the fall. To this end, it is wise to take brief notes on characters, themes, and style. You must read: On the Road by Jack Kerouac, as well as Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham.
English 12 College Prep:
Read Fahrenheit 451. Be prepared to write about the important ideas of the novel in the first few days of school.
English 12 Honors:
Choose one of the following texts. You will be asked to share your ideas about the novel you choose in a writing assignment in the first weeks of school:
A Visit from the Goon Squad -- Jennifer Egan
The Circle -- Dave Eggers
Tenth of December -- George Saunders (short stories)
Ready Player One -- Ernest Cline
One Hundred Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Selections from the Bible
Selections from Mythology -- Edith Hamilton
(see Mr. Dils for the list of Bible and Mythology selections.)