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Literature provides insights into personal beliefs, cultures, history, politics, and religion.  We connect literature to the lives of our students.  Students are introduced to our sequential writing program Freshman year.   Each year builds upon the previous, and this writing discipline is used across the curriculum; English, science, social sciences, religious studies and world languages.  And yes, even Math.This provides countless opportunities for creative self-expression, and to develop their writing voices and bring those voices to all their academic work.
Summer Reading Assignment 2018
The English Department requires summer reading in order to encourage students to continue yearlong learning and minimize learning loss throughout the summer months.  Texts are selected to engage readers and prepare them for topics that will be discussing during the upcoming school year.  The assignment is reviewed and assessed during the first weeks of school.
English I (one text)
  • Funny in Farsi
English I Honors (two text)
  • Funny in Farsi
  • The Secret Life of Bees
English II & English II Honors (two texts)
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989)
English III (two texts)
  • Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (1987)
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2012)
English IV (two texts)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003)
AP English Language (one texts)
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
AP English Literature (three texts)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818 or 1831)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)
Choose only one of the following:
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2006)
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1611)
Creative Writing (none)
Journalism (none)