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PMHS 2014-15 Summer Reading Program for English 9-12

Literacy is an essential 21st Century skill which we expect our students to develop and
practice at all stages of their academic journey.
Students who are enrolled an academic English course are assigned to read one
of the selections listed below for the grade level in which they will be enrolled
next September. An assessment will consist of an in-class essay administered in
early September.
Students who are currently enrolled in Honors English courses will be provided
summer reading lists and expectations in English class. These will be linked
separately on the webpage.
Those current 8th grade students who anticipate acceptance into the freshmen
Honors English program should follow the English 9 Honors guidelines provided
in their English classes and also linked separately on the webpage.

English 9

Nonfiction Freedom Writers (Zlata Filipovic, Erin Gruwell)

Novel Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
Reach Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Drama Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon)

English 9 Honorssee teacher and/or attached link for more detail

Required book: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Choice booklist:
*A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
*Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

*These titles have comprehensive study guides to help you as you read the novel. If you
go to and select the title, you can
download a copy of the study guide.

10th Grade

Nonfiction A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Ishmael Beah)

Novel Never Fall Down (Patricia McCormick)
Drama Medea (Euripides)
Reach The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
English 10 Honorssee teacher and/or attached link for more detail
Select two (2) from this list:
The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
Shipwrecks, Akira Yoshimura
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

11th Grade

Nonfiction The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)

Novel Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Reach Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams)

English 11 Honorssee teacher and/or attached link for more detail

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

12th Grade

Nonfiction The Collected Essays of George Orwell (7 essays minimum)

Novel Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Reach Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Drama Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare)

English 12 AP/Honorssee teacher and/or attached link for more detail

You will be responsible for reading three literary works; they will vary in subject, style,
and time period. This is to prepare you for the breadth of material we will be exploring
in AP. Please email the teacher with your selections by July 1 at

ONE SHAKESPEARE PLAY (history plays do not appear on the AP)
ONE COLLECTION OF POEMS (15-20 from a poet)