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 World History Summer Reading Assignment

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

Academy English 10 Summer Reading Assignment

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.

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