All of the major south-county bookstores have a copy of the SPHS Summer Reading List. If you’re unsure which class you’re registered for, contact your guidance counselor or check your course requests in Focus. If you have any questions about your summer assignment, attempt to email the course’s teacher (see below) or contact Mr. Benton, at email@example.com.
English 1 Honors
Middle school is over; rejoice! There is no assigned summer reading. The texts for this coming year are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Burton Raffel, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. If you’re interested in the standards being covered in this class, follow this link.
English 2 Honors
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 10th. 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
The required summer reading text is the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (unabridged); the English 3 Honors summer assignment 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
The required summer reading is Grendel by John Gardner; the English 4 Honors summer assignment is due on August 10th. 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
Purchase and on the first day of class bring the text: English Words from Latin and Greek Elements, 2nd Edition, 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 exam). 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
Purchase and on the first day of class bring the text: English Words from Latin and Greek Elements, 2nd Edition, 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 [upload revised on June 20th] and demonstrate that you have completed all of the assignments within it.
AP English Literature
The three summer texts are Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (If you didn’t sign out a summer packet before the end of school, please email Mr. Benton at firstname.lastname@example.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 unless you feel you absolutely need more room. There will be a quotation quiz on Jane Eyre and an in-class essay on Siddhartha on the first day of class, August 10th or 11th (depending on block-day rotation). 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, Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.