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2017 Summer Reading Assignments
Posted 08/15/2017 09:29AM

Mount Greylock 2017 English Department Summer Reading Assignments

High School

Read the book or books listed for the class you will be taking next year.  Come to school prepared to discuss and write about important ideas from the text. You will be tested on these books during the first week of school. We strongly encourage all students to read at least one additional book of your choice over the summer. 

9th Grade
College Prep: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 
Honors: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  

10th Grade
College Prep: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah 
Honors: White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

11th Grade 
College Prep: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Honors: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and one additional nonfiction text* of your choice
AP Language and Composition: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and one additional nonfiction text* of your choice

*See Ms. Tucker-Smith for a list of book suggestions for the nonfiction text. 

11/12 Honors Tolkien: On the Road by Jack Kerouac and Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham

12th Grade
College Prep: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Honors: The Circle by Dave Eggers
AP Literature: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and selections from the Bible and Mythology by Edith Hamilton.

*See Mr. Dils for the list of Bible and Mythology selections.

Middle School

7th Grade 
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. 

8th Grade
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


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