High School Options SCPA Fall 2013

 
Directions: Read one or more of the following titles, complete the graphic organizer (and bring to school), and prepare for class discussions the first week of school. All students will complete a timed essay about their book in class the 2nd or 3rd week of school, in order to complete the required reading. This writing assessment will be a part of your course grade. Most of these titles are available in SCPA’s library*, but get there early for the best selection.  You can also find them in San Diego’s public library system. Be sure to complete the graphic organizer attached and bring this to school in September; if possible, try to bring the book to English class as well. **Before handing the text to a child, parents may wish research or read the book to decide what is appropriate for their child.
 
ALL AP STUDENTS will read one or more of these books this summer, regardless of any of the AP summer assignments required by AP teachers.
 
Grade 12: Please note these books were published for an adult readership and thus may contain mature content.
 
**Before handing the text to a child, parents may wish research or read the book to decide what is appropriate for their child. As always, students should be reading a minimum of one of the books on the list. Students enrolled in AP Language, see Mr. Urick for an additional component to the summer reading assignment.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale* by Margaret Atwood (science fiction-Arthur C. Clark Award)
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude* by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (fiction-Nobel Prize winning author)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead* by Tom Stoppard (drama-author is a 4 time Tony award winner)      
  • The Shipping News* by Annie Proulx (fiction-Pulitzer Prize)                        
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God* by Zora Neale Hurston (fiction-a seminal work in African American and women’s literature)              
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt (biography-Pulitzer Prize)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Chaos by J Gleick (non-fiction)
  • Fermat’s Enigma by Simon Singh
  • A History of US by Howard Zinn
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Other Wes Moore, One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
Grade 11: Please note these books were published for an adult readership and thus may contain mature content. Parents may wish research the book to decide what is appropriate for their child. As always, students should be reading a minimum of one of the books on the list. Students enrolled in AP Language, see Mr. Urick for an additional component to the summer reading assignment.
  • Catch 22* by Joseph Heller (historical/satirical fiction-Frequently listed as one of the greatest English language novels)
  • The Color Purple* by Alice Walker (fiction-Pulitzer Prize)
  • The Confessions of Nat Turner* by William Styron (historical fiction-Pulitzer Prize)
  • Roots* by Alex Haley (historical fiction-Pulitzer Prize Special Award)    
  • Angela’s Ashes* by Frank McCourt (Memoir-Pulitzer prize)             
  • Girl of the Sea of Cortez by Peter Benchley
  • Charles Ives: A Life with Music by Jan Swafford (biography-Pulitzer Prize)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (nonfiction)
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (nonfiction)
  • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me—Everything your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Grade 10: Students enrolled in Advanced English 3/4, see Mr. Farson's link for an alternative assignment. As always, students should be reading a minimum of one of the books on the list. Students enrolled in AP World history should contact Ms. Pompilio (rpompilio@gmail.com) regarding any required summer work for AP World History
  • A Separate Peace* by John Knowles (fiction)
  • Catcher in the Rye* by J.D. Salinger (fiction)
  • John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth (nonfiction-Printz Award)
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents* by Julia Alvarez (fiction)
  • October Sky* by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.  (non-fiction)            
  • Nectar in a Sieve* by Kamala Markandaya (fiction)
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (historical fiction WWI)
  • The Glass House by Jeanette Walls (non-fiction memoir)
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Genome: an Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
  • The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
  • Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy 
  • For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose
Grade 9
  • 1984* by George Orwell (science fiction)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* by Betty Smith (historical fiction)
  • The Call of the Wild* by Jack London (fiction)
  • Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked by Carol de Giere (nonfiction)
  • Fallen Angels* by Walter Dean Myers (historical fiction)
  • My Antonia* by Willa Cather (historical fiction)
  • A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Space by James Michener
  • Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland (autobiography)
  • Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon