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Summer Reading

CSHS Summer Reading


The purpose of summer reading in English classes is to sustain or improve their reading levels through the free choice of novels. For students entering 9-12 English, reading over the summer is recommended, but not required. Those students entering into grades 9 & 10 Pre-AP Honors English, AP Language and Composition or AP Literature have required reading listed below. The CSHS Media page has a link to Destiny Library, which contains e-books you may enjoy. Login using your lunch number and download the novel. The book will automatically return to the library after two weeks.

Honors English 1 / Pre-AP English 1
Honors English 2 / Pre-AP English 2
2022-2023 - Summer Reading Assignment

Honors English 1 will read:
Animal Farm by George Orwell

Honors English 2 will read:
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Highlighting and Annotating:

As students read, they should highlight and/or annotate the essential facts of the plot, examples of literary techniques, and theme—meanings of the literary work.

Class Discussions:

At the beginning of the school year, students will engage in small-group and/or class discussions of the novel. It is critical, therefore, that students complete the reading prior to the first day of school.


After the class discussions, students will take a test on the novel.

Short Essay:

After the class discussions, students will write a short essay responding to the novel.

AP Language and Composition Summer Reading 2022-2023 Welcome to AP Language and Summer Reading!

Below is some information about the course and summer reading. Purpose: According to the College Board, “[a]t the heart of an AP English and Composition course is the reading of various texts…[w]hile writing represents a significant component of this course, the core skill required is the ability to read well. In reading another writer’s work, students must be able to address four fundamental questions about composition: What is being said? To whom is it being said? How is it being said? [and] Why is it being said?” We will spend the entire year wrestling with these questions, so I would like for you to spend time this summer reading closely and thinking critically about why a writer is making the choices (s)he is. The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum.

Due Date: All materials are due on the first day of class.

TASK ONE: Choose, purchase, and read a full-length, non-fiction book AND keep a reading journal. The book can be digital or printed. The journal can be electronic but will be printed for class, so a composition book may be a better option. Choose a book to suit your own interests and/or complement another course you are taking next year. If you would like to read a text not on the list, check with me first. I’m eager to see an accurate representation of your very best work. I expect you to read the entire book, and for your journal entries to demonstrate that you have done so.

Complete AT LEAST SIX journal entries. You may format this information however you would like. Again, if you record this electronically, please print and bring it to class on the first day. Include the following in EACH journal entry: 1. Page numbers read 2. Chapter title(s) or number(s) 3. Topic-at-hand (an overview of what the author is discussing) 4. A notable item (aha! moments) 5. Why do you think it’s notable (What’s interesting about this? Examine it from multiple perspectives!) 6. Identification of 1-2 rhetorical terms from the list. Write the term, the definition, and the example from your reading. Why do you think the author made this choice in the writing? 7. After you finish the book, explain what the author was arguing (everything is an argument- sometimes explicit, sometimes implicit) and how the argument was developed throughout the essay.

Potential Non-Fiction Titles

1. Fast Food Nation (Erik Schlosser)

2. Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter (Stephen Johnson)

3. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Barbara Ehrenreich)

4. Into Thin Air (John Krakauer)

5. Freakonomics (Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner)

6. The World is Flat (Thomas Friedman)

7. Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

8. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (Jared Diamond)

9. Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (Ryan Holiday)

This is a very short list of non-fiction titles, but they are commonly used throughout AP classrooms world - wide.

TASK TWO: An awareness of academic vocabulary and rhetorical terms is critical in AP English Language and Composition and a condensed “Rhetorical Terms” List can be found below. The purpose of the vocabulary list is for you to preview vocabulary necessary for the scope of this class. You may choose any learning style you prefer in order to learn the definitions of these terms so that you can become competent at identifying them and analyzing their effect to create and convey meaning; also to use these terms in your own writing.

Terms that Everyone Should Know (and Use) - The terms below are a combination of mechanics, usage and grammar and are used in the rhetorical analysis of an author’s style. Please begin to familiarize yourself with these not only for use in the summer reading journals but for frequent application throughout the academic year.

Abstract diction, Concrete Diction, Academic diction, Conjunction, Active voice, Connotation, Adverb, Coordinating Conjunctions, Alliteration, Dash, Allusion, Declarative Sentence, Ambiguity, Denotation, Analogy, Dependent Clause, Anaphora, Diction, Anecdote, Ethos, Antithesis, Evidence, Cause and effect, Extended Metaphor, Chronological ordering, Figurative Language, Clause, Formal Diction, Coherence, Fallacy, Colloquial diction, Genre, Colon, Gerund, Comma Hyperbole, Comparison, Idioms, Complex sentences, Imagery, Compound sentences, Independent Clause, Concession, Informal diction, Conclusion, Irony, Jargon, Juxtaposition, Logos, Metaphor, Noun, Paradox, Parallelism, Parts of Speech, Passive Voice, Pathos, Personification, Phrase,
Point of View, Predicate, Preposition, Pronouns, Repetition, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Modes, Rhetorical Questions, Satire, Semicolon, Simile, Symbolism, Syntax, Thesis, Tone, Verb-active, SOAPStone

AP Literature and Composition Summer Reading 2022-2023 Welcome to AP Literature and Composition!

Below is some information about the summer reading.

Students will read the following:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Highlighting and Annotating: As students read they should highlight and annotate for the essential facts of the plot, rhetorical techniques and their purposes, and themes—meanings of the literary works.

Big Kid Centers: During the first two weeks of school, students will engage in Big-Kid-Center discussions about the book.

Tests: During the first two weeks of school, students will take a test on the book.

Open-Ended Essay: In preparation for the open-ended essay on the AP Literature and Composition Exam, students will write their first free-response essay in the book.