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Summer Reading Assignments

Bishop Moore Catholic High School English Department Summer 2017 Reading List

All summer reading selections are listed below for each level of English. Students may purchase electronic versions of texts. Please note that if there is a specific edition required, it will be noted next to the selection. Many of the selections are available as free e-books through a variety of sites such as Project Gutenberg; others may be found through Amazon

Students are required to read each selection listed by the first day of school, noting the particular themes on which to focus. The themes are listed under each title.

**Please note that AP Language and Composition (11th grade) and AP Literature and Composition (12th grade) do have summer writing assignments attached to their summer reading selections. The assignments are accessible by clicking the link next to the selections.

English I: 9th Grade

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
      Themes: Friendship can be one’s greatest weapon; Are people inherently good or evil?; The search for one’s meaning is a long journey.
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
      Themes: Fairy Tale vs. Allegory; Propaganda and the power of language; Abuse of power; Individualism vs. Conformity.

    English I Honors: 9th Grade

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
      Themes: Friendship can be one’s greatest weapon; Are people inherently good or evil?; The search for one’s meaning is a long journey.
    • Animal Farm by George Orwell
      Themes: Fairy Tale vs. Allegory; Propaganda and the power of language; Abuse of power; Individualism vs. Conformity.
    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck 
      Themes: Greed is a road to destruction; Native cultures and oppression; the value of family and love.
    English II: 10th Grade

    • Dracula by Bram Stoker
      Themes: Good vs. Evil; the possibility of redemption.
    • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (Note: this is not the young readers’ edition)
      Theme: The right to an education.
    English II Honors: 10th Grade

    • Dracula by Bram Stoker
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
      Themes for both novels: Consider the theme “Don’t judge a book by its cover”; look for elements of the time period (Victorian Era) as you read both novels.
    English III: 11th Grade

    • The Glass Castle by Jennifer Walls
      Themes: the American Dream; Lost dreams; Laissez-faire culture; self-sufficiency; non-conformity; hypocrisy.
    • Humorous Stories and Sketches (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain
      Themes: Pragmatism; attempts to represent real life; ordinary speech in dialogue; social criticism and commentary; importance of place on common life.
    English III Honors: 11th Grade

    • A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith
      Themes: the pursuit of the American dream; concern for man’s relationship with nature; relationships that transcend racial stereotypes.
    • The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea That Shaped a Nation (read introduction and chapter 1) by Jim Cullen
      Theme: the pursuit of the American dream.
    • brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
      Theme: striving for the American dream amid sacrifices and adversity.
    • Humorous Stories and Sketches (Dover Thrift Editions) by Mark Twain
      Themes: Pragmatism; attempts to represent real life; ordinary speech in dialogue; social criticism and commentary; importance of place on common life.

    AP Language and Composition: 11th Grade

    • The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker 
    • The Language of Composition: Chapters 1-4 (Bedford 2nd edition)
    • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, And Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion by Jay Heinrichs
    • Look under AP Summer Assignments to view writing assignments for these three books.

      English IV: 12th Grade

      • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist
        Theme: Rather than themes, please concentrate on the way the author weaves his narrative.
      • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
        Themes: Pride, prejudice, family, marriage, and class.
      English IV Honors: 12th Grade

      • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist
        Theme: Rather than themes, please concentrate on the way the author weaves his narrative.
      • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
        Themes: Pride, prejudice, family, marriage, and class.
      • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
        Themes: Family, society, isolation; ambition and fallibility; romanticism and nature; revenge; prejudice; lost innocence.
      AP Literature and Composition: 12th Grade

      • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster 
      • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
      • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
      • The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
      • Look under AP Summer Assignments to view writing assignments for these four books.