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 1 Honors: All students enrolling in English 1H will read My Antonia by Willa Cather. This novel is available online for free at www.gutenber.org/ebooks/242.
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, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, 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@example.com) or Mrs. Tan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
English 3 IB: Students in the International Baccalaureate program or IBCP program who have chosen to take English HL will read both of the following novels: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. IB students should also see the instructions for the additional written assignment, located on this website under the Summer Reading link. There are three links to complete the summer assignment: English IB HL1 Transcendental Online Reading, English IB HL1 RRS Template, and English IB HL1 RRS. The written assignment will be processed through turnitin.com.
English 4 Honors/AP: All English 4 Honors & AP students will read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Seniors will also choose two of the following: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho or The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy.
English 4 IB: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is available online at www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33 .