Natick High School English Department
Required Summer Reading 2014
Entering 9th grade:
All incoming freshmen will read Lay that Trumpet in our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy.
Students in English 10 classes (honors) will also read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.
Freshmen will be assessed on the summer reading book(s) early in September. To prepare for the assessment, which will include multiple choice questions and an essay, students should consider creating a character list and plot summary as they read. Students will not be able to use their notes during the assessment.
Entering 10th grade:
All students in English 20, 21 and 22 will read Paper Towns by John Green
Students in English 20 classes (honors) will also read The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther.
Entering 11th grade:
All students entering junior year will read Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron.
Students enrolled in English 30 (honors) will also read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Students are expected to complete the document on the Hemingway Code Hero (For a copy, click here) as they read the novel.
Entering 12th grade:
All students taking Senior English 40, 41 and 42 will read Feed by M.T. Anderson
Students taking English 40 (honors) will also read 1984 by George Orwell and How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. For information about summer assignments and expectations associated with the summer reading, please consult Ms. Ouellet's web page.
Students taking AP Literature and Composition will read Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. For information on summer assignments and expectations associated with summer reading, please download the document "AP 2014 Summer Work" found on Ms. Donnelly's Web Page.
Students taking AP Language and Composition will read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, AND ONE book of their choice from the following list: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf; Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell; It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd. For information about summer assignments and expectations associated with the summer reading, please consult Mr. Wall's AP web page.