DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT:


Our goal is to create student autonomy by producing active readers who connect to various texts through their personal experiences, and express themselves effectively through writing.

NJ STANDARDS CLARIFICATION

 

COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS


Dear Parents and Students,

Over summer vacation, it is always important to prevent the summer educational gap from impacting students.  The English Department has selected books to challenge students during the summer months and ensure that they are utilizing the skills teachers work hard to instill throughout the school year.  It is recommended that students purchase a copy of the book/s, so they may freely write notes in the margins and highlight important passages.  All local bookstores and libraries have been notified of the selected titles to make certain there are ample copies available.  Books may also be purchased online at websites such as www.amazon.com and www.half.com.  Also, many of the books are available for free via websites and ebooks. Students in the following levels are required to complete summer reading assignments:  College Prep, Honors, and Advanced Placement.  Please follow the list and links below to find summer reading book titles, directions, and study guides.  Assignments vary by teacher, but all students are expected to have read the book prior to the first day of school.  Students will be assessed on the material in early September.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or concerns.  Have a wonderful summer.

Sincerely,

 

Lily Moss

Supervisor of English

 

 

AP IV:  LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Required Reading:
The Stranger by Albert Camus
 
 Choose three of the following:
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
The Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishaguro
No Exit by Jean Paul Satre
Emma by Jane Austen
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
 
The reading guide is due on the first day of class.
An in-class essay will be assigned on one of the other three readings within the first week.
The other two novels will be tested on within the first marking period.

 

HONORS IV

Required Reading:  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart study guide

 

Choose one of the following:

Dubliners by James Joyce

Krik Krak by Edwidge Danticat

Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

 

COLLEGE PREP IV

Required Reading:   Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World study guide

 

 

AP III:  LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Required Reading: 

Fast Food Nation by  Eric Schlosser

 

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ESSAY BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

CHOOSE ANY THREE of the following:

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Nickel and Dimed  by Barbara Ehrenreich

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowel            

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Class by Paul Fussell

In Cold Blood by  Truman Capote

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by  Malcolm X

The Closing of the American Mind  by Allan Bloom

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll by Greil Marcus

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

 

 

HONORS III

Required Reading:  The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Choose one of the following:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

 

COLLEGE PREP III

Required Reading:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby study guide

 

HONORS II

Required Reading:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird study guide **This study guide is for your use only and is NOT mandatory**

 

Choose one of the following:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

COLLEGE PREP II

Required Reading:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 OPTIONAL study guide

REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT

Background Information

 

HONORS I

Required Reading:  Animal Farm by George Orwell and The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Animal Farm  full text

Animal Farm study guide

The Pearl full text

The Pearl study guide

 

COLLEGE PREP I

Required Reading:  The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Pearl full text

The Pearl study guide

 
 
 

 

 



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