Sunday, August 22nd, 2004


Summer Reading Program 2004


One of the primary goals of the English Department is to encourage an appreciation for literature in its various forms.  The summer reading program is designed to encourage students to become lifelong and year-round readers.  This summer we have chosen books which offer themes to be discussed throughout the school year.  All of these books are available at local libraries and bookstores.


When school resumes in August, students will be given a test on each of these books.  They will also be responsible for any class activities or writing assignments that the teacher deems appropriate.  In addition, the schoolwide writing proficiency test (P.O.W.) will be based on these works.


It is our hope that students will find these books a positive addition to their summer reading plans.  To further enhance enjoyment and understanding of these novels, we encourage students to discuss the books with their parents/guardians.


English I:

Farewell to Manzanar,   by Jeanne Wakasuki Houston

And Then There Were None,   Agatha Christie

House on Mango Street , Sandra Cisneros


English I Honors: ***

Farewell to Manzanar,   by Jeanne Wakasuki Houston

A Raisin in the Sun,   by Lorraine Hansberry

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water,   Michael Dorris

*** Students qualifying for the Honors course will receive an invitation in late June 2004.  In the meantime, please begin your reading with Farewell to Manzanar.


English II:

Glass Menagerie,   Tennessee Williams

Animal Farm,   George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451,   Ray Bradbury


English II Honors

Great Gatsby,    F.Scott Fitzgerald

Catcher in the Rye ,   J. D. Salinger

Julius Caesar,    William Shakespeare


English III:

Great Gatsby,    F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Awakening    Kate Chopin

Catcher in the Rye ,     J.D. Salinger


English III Honors/AP Language and Composition:

Merchant of Venice ,     William Shakespeare

The Importance of Being Earnest,    Oscar Wilde

Pride and Prejudice , Jane Austen  

1984 , George Orwell

Passage to India ,     E. M. Foster   


English IV:

The Importance of Being Earnest,     Oscar Wilde

Frankenstein,    Mary Shelley

1984,     George Orwell


AP Literature and Composition:

A Moveable Feast,   Ernest Hemingway

Metamorphosis,    Franz Kafka

Madame Bovary,    Gustave Flaubert

The Stranger,    Albert Camus

Heart of Darkness,    Joseph Conrad


Women’s Literature and 20th Century Literature

The Bean Trees,    Barbara Kingsolver

Emma,   Jane Austen

Beloved , Toni Morrison