Required Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Guardians, 


The English Department will not be requiring any mandatory summer reading. Students and teachers need a mental break after dealing with the stress and unusual circumstances of this past school year.  


However, we strongly encourage you to suggest that they pick up any well-written reading material between now and August. The more they read, the better their vocabulary becomes which is then translated into their writing. Novels, biographies, short stories, plays, news articles, and comic books are just a few options to give to them if they are interested.  


If you have any further questions, feel free to email the English Department Head, Rachel Kallal, at Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing all of the students back this fall.  




The English Department Staff 

For reference, below are titles from past required summer reading lists.

Upcoming Sophomores:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Night by Elie Wiesel


Upcoming Juniors:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


Upcoming Seniors for English IV:

Metamorphosis by Franz Katfa

1984 by George Orwell



Lord of the Flies by William Golding (College Prep & Honors)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (College Prep & Honors) 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Honors)



The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (College Prep & Honors)

The Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Honors) 



The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (College Prep & Honors)

Our Town by Thorton Wilder (College Prep & Honors)

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Honors) 



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (English IV)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (English IV)

Beowulf Translated by Seamus Heaney (English IV)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (AP Literature and Composition)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (AP Literature and Composition) 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (AP Literature and Composition)

Turn of the Screw by Henry James (AP Literature and Composition)