HC Summer Reading
African American Studies
Phyllis Wheatley: The Poems of Phyllis Wheatley (a Dover Thrift edition or the Penguin Classics edition would work)
Richard Wright: Black Boy
AP World History
The Human Story by James C. Davis
AP Environmental Science
No impact man: the adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet, and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process by Colin Beavan
Note: Students may pick up copies of this book throughout the summer in Henry Clay's front office.
Assignment: Please respond to the following. We will discuss the book during the first week of school. (This assignment is an adaptation of the University of Kentucky's Common Reading Experience discussion group activity.)
Q=quote. Note your favorite quote from the book and explain why you chose it.
L=life lesson. Explain what life lesson have you taken away from the book.
C=character. What character or person from the book do you most identify with and why?
9th grade Academy Biology
Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine by R. Nesse and G. Williams.
9th grade Academy AP U.S. Government
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaption by J. Hennessey.
9th grade Advanced English (Read two. For summaries, click here)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Divergent by Veronica Roth.
DJ Rising by Maia Love .
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.
Recovery Road by Blake Nelson.
What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez.
General Freshman — Choose any one or more books to read for pleasure. (For summaries, click here)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
Funny How Things Change by Melissa Wyatt
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser;
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
King of the Screwups by K. L. Going
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Freshman Academy—One required reading:
The Odyssey—Fitzgerald translation
General Sophomore—One recommended reading:
50 Great Short Stories by Milton Crane
Pre-AP 10 English
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams & Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Academy English 10
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
General Junior—One recommended reading:
Cold Sassy Tree—Olive Ann Burns
Advanced Junior—Two required readings (from the list of four) and a third book to be purchased for class:
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (required) and one student choice from the following list:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Affrilachia by Frank X. Walker
One required book to be purchased and used in class both semesters:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition, by Modern Lang. Association
AP Junior Academy & AP Junior—Three required readings:
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Wal-Mart Effect by Charles Fishman
Writing with Style, 3rd Edition, by John R. Trimble
Academy students only: Please pick up your summer writing assignment before the end of the 2012-13 school year.
General Senior—One recommended reading:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Non-Academy AP Senior Lit—Three required readings:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The following summer writing assignment must be completed before the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
Many novels and plays use a protagonist who fits Karl Jung’s archetype of “the misfit.”
All three of the works you read for summer, Frankenstein, Into the Wild, and Pride and Prejudice, make use of the misfit character archetype and feature the misfits’ conflicts with society as a common central theme.
In a well-developed 4-6 page essay (1,000 to 1,500 words), argue that this theme links all of the works from summer reading. Be sure to have a clear thesis, supporting arguments, and cite specific evidence from the texts as evidence for your arguments. The finished essay should be a single, cohesive whole – in spite of being drawn from three disparate works.
Your paper should be formatted using MLA format. An example of a literary analysis in MLA format is provided on the Henry Clay High School library resource page. Please refer to it for formatting. However, you need not and, indeed, should not refer to any secondary sources in writing this paper. Any undocumented sources will result in a zero on the assignment.
Caveat: Many students feel the temptation to turn to internet resources or the film versions of the novels when faced with the prospect of summer reading. If you are tempted to take such shortcuts, ask yourself whether you are ready to take on the challenges of college-level work. This course invites you to explore the intricate union of rich language and complex stories. Therefore, you will benefit immensely by engaging in a careful, close reading of all three texts, annotating and questioning the novels as you read.
AP Senior Academy—Three required readings
One novel to be chosen from: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, or The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
One novel to be chosen from: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Beloved by Toni Morrison, or Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Select one novel to read for pleasure. It does not need to meet any test of academic quality, but you will attempt to analyze it through a critical lens. Read the three novels closely; take notes or annotate the text. During the first two weeks of school, you will be analyzing each of the three novels through one in-class, timed essay and two analytical paragraphs. Requirements and scoring criteria will be provided two days before the writings are assigned.
Dual Credit—Three required books to be purchased for class only (not summer reading):
The Longman Writer, Eighth Edition by Judith Nadell, John Langan, and Eliza A. Comodromos; Publisher: Longman.
Quick Access Compact, Second Edition by Lynn Quitman Troyka and Douglas Hesse; Publisher: Prentice Hall.
Good Reasons with Contemporary Arguments, Fifth Edition by Lester Faigley and Jack Selzer; Publisher: Longman
Notes regarding English summer reading:
- For all advanced, Pre-AP, AP, and Academy courses, the listed works must be read prior to the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. Keep your copies of the works accessible. Students will be tested on all readings on the first day of school or shortly thereafter.
- Grades earned on summer reading tests will follow students who transfer out of Academy, AP, Pre-AP, or advanced classes.
- Students who move from general classes to levels that require summer readings will have one month from the date of transfer to complete all required summer readings and assignments for their new class.
- Newly-enrolled students will have one month to complete all required readings.
About this page
- Author: Janie Cantrell & Amanda Hurley
- Updated: Tuesday, November 05, 2013