Advanced Placement, &
Summer Reading Assignments
Students enrolling in English Honors, AP or IB courses will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum covering a variety of genres, time periods and styles. Key to student success is the student’s ability to understand, analyze and write effectively. Students may check out a book from the textbook room, WHS library, a public library, or in some cases, obtain the novel online, free of charge. An objective test and essay relating to the summer reading will be assigned in the first six weeks of the fall semester.
Students are expected to bring the following to the first class meeting in August:
English 2 Honors: All students enrolling in English 2H will read two novels. All students will read Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya. In addition to this novel, choose one of the following: Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthann McCunn or Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson.
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English 3 Honors: All students enrolling in English 3 Honors will read A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris. Students will also choose two of the following selections: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, or Daisy Miller by Henry James. *A free, online edition of Daisy Miller is available at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/208.
English 3 AP: For those entering AP English 3 – read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass. This work is available for free online at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23,for check out in the Textbook Room, or at your local library. You may also purchase the book if you wish. Either way, make sure that an unabridged version is used. In addition, you are to write up 15 current event “Headlines.” A packet with instructions and samples can be found immediately below this description and at the bottom of this page. The “Headlines” assignment is due the first day of class. The assessment for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave will be given during the first week of school. It will be a multiple-choice exam. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email Mr. Kim ([email protected]) or Mrs. Tan ([email protected]).
English IB HL1: Students in the International Baccalaureate HL 1 will read the Transcendental Background Knowledge documents as well as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Detailed instructions for this assignment are provided on the IB HL1 Summer Reading Assignment document. Please follow the instructions carefully and come to class with all work completed. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email Ms. Donee ([email protected]), Ms. Maletz ([email protected]), or Mrs. Tinius ([email protected] ).
English IB HL2: Students in the IB HL 2 will read Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson and The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. Both novels are available in the textbook room.