Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

US Summer Reading 2020-2021

NOTE: The links below open to the paperback editions of these books on Amazon.com 
The ISBN provided can also help you find these titles at your local library or bookstore. 


Rising 9th Graders

Grade 9 English - All students are REQUIRED to:

  • Read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (ISBN-13: 978-1400032716)
  • Complete the following writing assignment about the text:
    • Journal about 3 of the following questions and bring your journal responses to class for discussion:
      • ​​How does the main conflict of the text drive the outcome of the book?
      • Choose a situation and tell what you would've done differently.
      • From the perspective of a main character, write a diary entry exploring the motivations, anxieties, dreams, and conflicts the character is experiencing in or after a key moment.
      • If you were to bring one of the main characters to school with you tomorrow, what would you ask him and what would you say? How would you help him navigate your world?
      • Is the book primarily a book about growing up and maturing or primarily a book about family relationships? (Cite quotations from text for support.
  • Choose ONE work to read from this list

Grade 9 History 


Rising 10th Graders

Grade 10 English - All students are REQUIRED to:

  • Read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (ISBN-13: 978-0735212206)
  • Complete the following writing assignment about the text:
    • Journal about 3 of the following questions and bring your journal responses to class for discussion.
      • Rewrite the ending of the novel.
      • What literary techniques does the writer use? How do they create a pointed effect in the writing? (Cite quotations from text.)
      • How, if at all, does this novel reflect the time period/culture in which it is set? (Cite quotations from text.)
      • From the perspective of a main character, write a diary entry exploring the motivations, anxieties, dreams, and conflicts the character is experiencing in or after a key moment..
      • Would you describe this novel as “Global Literature”? Why or why not? (Cite quotations from the text.)
  • Choose ONE work to read from this list

Grade 10 History 


Rising 11th Graders

Grade 11 English - All students are REQUIRED to: 

  • Read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (ISBN-13: 978-0618485222)
  • Complete the following writing assignment about the text:
    • Journal about 3 of the following questions and bring your journal responses to class for discussion.
      • Rewrite the ending of the novel.
      • What literary techniques does the writer use? How do they create a pointed effect in the writing? (Cite quotations from text.)
      • How, if at all, does this novel reflect the time period/culture in which it is set? (Cite quotations from text.)
      • From the perspective of a main character, write a diary entry exploring the motivations, anxieties, dreams, and conflicts the character is experiencing in or after a key moment.
      • Would you describe this novel as “American Literature”? Why or why not? (Cite quotations from the text.)
  • Choose ONE work to read from this list

Grade 11 History

AP US History


Rising 12th Graders

Grade 12 English - All students are REQUIRED to: 

  • Read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (ISBN-13: 978-0544309760)
  • Complete the following writing assignment about the text:
    • Journal about 3 of the following questions and bring your journal responses to class for discussion.
      • Create your own thematic questions about the text and respond to one of them.
      • How is this book a “true” war story? (Cite quotations from the text.)
      • Rewrite the ending of the collection of linked short stories.
      • From the perspective of a main character, write a diary entry exploring the motivations, anxieties, dreams, and conflicts the character is experiencing in or after a key moment.
      • Read a review of the book and find a place to disagree or draw a distinction from the reviewer’s opinion. (Cite quotations from the text.)
  • Choose ONE work to read from this list

Grade 12 History Electives:

Economics

GSS Honors International Relations

AP Government and Politics: U.S. and Comparative

AP European History