Summer Reading 2017-2018

In an effort to promote an appreciation for educationally sound reading, students will be required to read a book during their summer months. The English class determines to what extent discussion will occur, when the assignment will be given, and the type of assignment. Your selected reading is based upon the English course in which you are enrolled. The expectation is that the book is to be completed upon your return in August. Included below are study guides for each class. Students should complete assignments according to instructions.

Alternate books should only be chosen if there is serious parental objection to the required book. 


Honors English - The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

Academic and Basic English 9 - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck



Honors American Literature - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Study Guide - see Canvas

Basic and Academic American Literature - The Green Mile by Stephen King 

  • Read Part 1 (The Two Dead Girls) and Part 2 (The Mouse on the Mile)
  • Study Guide



AP English Literature- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Honors English Literature - Choose a modern odyssey novel from the approved list, click here 

Academic English Literature - 1984 by George Orwell

Basic English Literature - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



AP English Language - Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Students are assigned to read the following sections from the book:
    • Introduction: Getting Ready (pp. 1-10)
    • One: Serving in Florida (pp. 11-49)
    • Two: Scrubbing in Maine (pp. 51-119)

    While reading these three parts, students are responsible for answering the assigned study guide questions that go along with the first three parts of the book, which will be collected on the first day of class.

  • Study Guide

Advanced Composition W131 - A Collection of Selected Readings - click here


All other senior elective English courses have no summer reading requirement. For freshmen, the selected books have been chosen to support discussion framed by our Catholic values. Due to these mature themes, you may choose to read the alternate readings. However, the alternate reading selections will be an independent study.