Below find the descriptions of the required summer reading assignments for all the Lindbergh High School English classes for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Students are not required to purchase copies of the assigned texts. Library copies of the books may be used for the summer reading assignment and later in the class. As a department, however, we believe that a student who has a personal copy of a book to highlight and annotate has an advantage. Copies of the books may be found online or in various district retail and used bookstores.
ENGLISH 1 (9th grade)
Regular: Read a 100+ page book (fiction or nonfiction) of your choice that you have not read before. Then, in a Google doc, create a book review. Full instructions are available at https://tinyurl.com/Eng1Summer2020
Choose a 200+ page book of your choice, and create a book review following these instructions: http://tinyurl.com/E1HSummerReading. It will be collected in print form on the first day of school.
ENGLISH 2 (10th grade)
Regular: Choose ANY book from this list
As you read your chosen book, mentally prepare a book talk to be given the first day of class. Information, instructions, and samples will be given on the first day of school.
Honors: Read either 1984 by George Orwell or The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Be prepared for an assessment the first week of school. Each student will need a copy of the book for classroom use during first quarter.
ENGLISH 3 (11th grade)
Regular: In English 3, we will examine how historical context shapes the perspectives of our authors and characters and how these perspectives begin to develop a comprehensive view of our society and its values. Our questions for the year are “What does it mean to be an American?”, “How has that idea changed over time?”, and “How has the view of the American Dream changed over time?” Please choose one of the books from the linked list. Focus on the themes of community, culture, and identity, along with plot comprehension, historical context, characterization, point of view, and symbolism. Take notes on significant passages that address the themes listed above and be able to access those notes (digitally or printed out) for an in-class discussion the first week of school. Have your book available with you in the first week of school. The list can be found here: http://bit.ly/2PtwGCx
PBL: We know you all dread summer reading, so we are not assigning you a specific book. We want you to pick something interesting to you and read it! If you are already an avid reader and have something on your mind, great! Use it! If you need a little help finding something, we've listed some links below where you can find something that works for you.
Our goal for you is not to assign a project on your book, but to urge you to find a topic you like, and read about it. So, when you get back in August, be prepared to discuss and work with the book you choose in order to reflect on the process during the first weeks of school. We hope you find at least one book to enjoy for YOU! For inspiration, please check the lists below:
- 2019-20 Gateway Nominees: https://bit.ly/2T1o6xb
- 2019-20 WI Battle of the Books List: http://bit.ly/2Vrsvem
- Most Exciting Young Adult by GoodReads.com: https://goo.gl/o0YwX8
- If you bought your Choice Memoir last year before Covid 19 hit, feel free to read that!
English 3 IB/AP: Read both The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Chapters 1-5 of Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. Be prepared for an assessment in the beginning weeks of school.
AP Language (11th/12th): Pick one from the following list and be prepared for an essay the first week of school. Please have the text available throughout the first month for close reading activities:
- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (fiction)
- Plainsong, Kent Haruf (fiction)
- The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (historical/true crime nonfiction)
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (biography/science nonfiction)
12th Grade English (AP Language above is also a 12th grade option)
English 4--Lit Survey
Read one of the following memoirs. Be prepared for an in-class essay the first week of school, and have the text available the first few weeks.
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- Educated by Tara Westover
- The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
- Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Vargas
- All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
College Composition 1 & 2
Read one of the following texts. If it’s a collection of essays, please read at least 10 of the essays. Be prepared to use the text the first couple of weeks of school, including for writing activities.
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
- Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
- Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
AP/IB Literature: Read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by the first day of school. Students should expect to be tested during the first week of school.