SPHS Summer Reading

Here’s the SPHS Summer Reading List for all traditional (non-IB) English classes. If you’re unsure which course you’ll be in, check your schedule requests in Focus (click ‘My Information’, then ‘Class Requests’, then change the year to ‘2018-2019). If you have questions, email the teacher or Mr. Benton.

English 2 Honors   ENG HON 2

The Things They Carried book cover with author name and book title with a blurred image of soldiers carrying their weapons through a forest

The required summer reading text is The Things They Carried  by Tim O’Brien. The English 2 Honors summer assignment is due on the first day of school, August 13th. The texts for the year may include works such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Color of Water by James McBride, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

English 3 Honors   ENG HON 3

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The required summer reading text is the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (unabridged); the English 3 Honors summer assignment [edited and replaced on June 18th to correct a typo regarding the coming school year] is due during the first week of school. The other works of literature that students may be reading throughout the school year include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

English 4 Honors   ENG HON 4

Image result for grendel book coverThe required summer reading is Grendel by John Gardner; the English 4 Honors summer assignment is due on August 13th. Texts for the year may include works such as Beowulf, The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Dual Enrollment Composition   COMPOSITION I & II

Image result for English Words from Latin and Greek Elements, 2nd EditionPurchase and on the first day of class bring the text: English Words from Latin and Greek Elements (2nd ed.) by Donald Ayers. (Possessing an academic vocabulary is essential for college success; it serves as one of the biggest stumbling blocks for those trying to excel on the SAT). Although there is no required summer reading for a college course, students entering ENC 1101 are responsible for being proficient in the areas of grammar, mechanics, parts of speech, and a college-ready academic vocabulary.

AP English Language and Composition   AP ENG COMPO

Image result for English Words from Latin and Greek Elements, 2nd EditionPurchase and on the first day of class bring the text: English Image result for 1984 book coverImage result for brave new world book coverWords from Latin and Greek Elements (2nd ed.) by Donald Ayers. Follow this link, read the course description, and be prepared to answer specific questions about its content. The two required summer reading texts are 1984 by George Orwell and A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Within the first two weeks of school, you will be required to turn in the AP Language summer packet and demonstrate that you have completed all of the assignments within it.

AP English Literature and Composition   AP ENG LIT COMPO

Image result for mythology edith hamilton book coverThe three summer texts are Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, Image result for siddhartha book coverand Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (If you didn’t sign out a summer packet before the end of school, please email Mr. Benton at bentonro@pcsb.org and then download the AP Literature summer packet and print it.)  All three parts of the summer packet (the Mythology questions and the two theme logs) are due in class on the first day of class; you should write your work directly on the packet. There will be a quotation quiz on Jane Eyre and an in-class essay Image result for jane eyre book coveron Siddhartha on the first day of class. Once you have the Mythology questions completed, don’t spend any more time in the summer studying Mythology; we won’t return to it for several weeks. The suggested reading order is as follows: Mythology, Siddhartha, Jane Eyre: you’ll want the two novels to be freshest in your mind for the Day-One assessments. Texts for the year may include William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Oscar Wilde’s Much Ado About Nothing, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.


The AP Research Summer Assignment was distributed in the final weeks of the AP Image result for research practical 11th editionSeminar class. If you did not check out an assignment and textbook from Ms. Wise before you left for the summer, email Mr. Benton. The textbook for the year is Practical Research: Planning and Design (11th ed.). Here are a few useful links to help you get along with your Annotated Bibliography: EBSCO HostGale Databases (password is pinellas), JSTORGoogle ScholarPurdue OWL, Annotated Bibliography Template.

Looking for the 2018-2019 IB summer assignments? Click here.