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2019-2020 SUMMER READING FOR TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES

2019-2020 SUMMER READING FOR TRADITIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES

If you’re unsure which classes you’re registered for, check your class schedule requests in Focus (click ‘My Information’, then click ‘Class Requests’, then change the year to ‘2019-2020’). Further details – including the unabridged summer reading list and downloadable PDFs of all the summer assignments – are available at http://sphsenglish.com.

 

English 1, English 1 Honors, English 2, English 3, English 4, and English 4 Florida College Prep: There is no summer assignment, but you are asked to select a novel of your choice from the “Florida Teens Read” list (bit.ly/SPHSread) to read over the summer; seniors are encouraged to pick a book from College Board’s list of "Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers" (bit.ly/2G9YOnM).

 

English 1 Honors: Select a book from the "Florida Teens Read" list (bit.ly/SPHSread) or one of your own choosing to read over the summer. The texts for this course may include works such as 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.

 

English 2 Honors: The required summer reading text is The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. A summer assignment for the novel is due on the first day of school; this handout is available on sphsenglish.com. 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 Shakespeare.

 

English 3 Honors: The required summer reading text is the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; any unabridged edition will do. The summer assignment is due during the first week of school and is available on sphsenglish.com. Other works of literature that you may be reading throughout the school year include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

 

Composition I & II (Dual Enrollment): Students entering ENC 1101 (Comp. I) should have read George Orwell’s 1984 and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath by the first day of class. Those entering ENC 1102 (Comp. II) should read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale by the first day of that course.

 

AP English Language and Composition: Purchase and (on the first day of class) bring the texts English Words from Latin and Greek Elements (2nd ed.) by Donald Ayers and the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Download the summer assignment from sphsenglish.com and complete it in its entirety; it includes reading a nonfiction novel (chosen from a provided list) and completing a dialectic journal on it as well as reading Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrich and completing the accompanying assignment.

 

English 4 Honors: The required summer reading is Grendel by John Gardner; the summer assignment is due on the first day of school and is available on sphsenglish.com. Texts for the year may include works such as Beowulf, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

 

AP English Literature and Composition: The two required summer reading texts are Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Download the summer assignment from sphsenglish.com. Both the assigned reading and other tasks are due on the first day of school. Texts for the year may include William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

 

AP Capstone Research (Seniors): A summer assignment was distributed in the final weeks of the AP Seminar class but will also be available for download on sphsenglish.com. If you did not check out a textbook from room 223 before leaving for the summer, email Mr. Benton at bentonro@pcsb.org.