• LHS Summer Reading Requirements for English 2017-18--All Courses


    Below find the descriptions of the required summer reading assignments for all the Lindbergh High School English classes. 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.

    A Downloadable PDF version of these requirements are found at the bottom of the page.
    ENGLISH 1 (9th grade)

    Regular:  Read any young adult (or adult) novel or nonfiction book of at least 100 pages in length. It may NOT be a book you already read for or during middle school. Choose one of the following prompts to respond to in a Google document of at least one page in length using double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. The document should be located in your school Google Drive on the first day of school.

    Option 1: Discuss a character or conflict that you empathize with, are fascinated by, or are repelled by.

    Option 2: Discuss an element in the book that particularly impacted you and why.

    Honors:  Students need to choose ONE of the nonfiction texts from the Voices of Witness series below. This book will be the basis of your research paper in first quarter. Students would be wise to take detailed notes over this text, especially concerning major topics being repeated (for example, education). We have contacted the library to have some of the books available. Books may also be purchased at Barnes & Noble in Fenton, through Amazon,  or this website:  https://store.mcsweeneys.net/t/categories/books/voice-of-witness  


    High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

    Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prison

    Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath

    Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives


    Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life under Occupation

    Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy

    Out of Exile: The Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan


    ENGLISH 2 (10th grade)  

    Regular: Choose either Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka to read over the summer.

    Hound of the Baskervilles PDF: http://www.planetpublish.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/The_Hound_of_the_Baskervilles_T.pdf

    As Red As Blood link on Amazon:


    Students are required to complete the characterization worksheet that was handed out at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year; here is a copy: Characterization Worksheet.  This worksheet will be collected the first day back to school in August and there will be a characterization assignment completed in the first week of school. Close reading activities during the first few weeks of classes will focus on characterization within the novels and make various connections to the short story unit, which is the first unit of the year. Students will need their copy of the book for the first month of class (if you ordered from the library just have your notes).

    Honors: Read 1984 by George Orwell. Be prepared for a test 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: Students in regular English 3 (NOT PBL) will read the three required articles and one choice article on this document: http://tinyurl.com/z7nf2rr. Students will discuss these articles at the beginning of the year, and they will form the basis of our research paper in first quarter. For each article, you will write a half-page (typed or handwritten) journal entry that thoroughly answers the questions in the “Questions to journal on” column. A printed out copy of your four total journal entries will be due the first week of class.  Your journal entries will be scored using the rubric on the next page of the linked document. Please note that if you do not include direct quotes in your responses, you will receive no higher than a C.

    PBL:   Within the linked folder below, students will find a series of issues in the modern school system and different ways educators are attempting to solve those problems. Read the first article in all folders, then select 1 topic to more fully explore. Read the remaining articles and watch the remaining videos in the chosen topic folder.  Things to think about as you are “reading”: What are the problems? What are the solutions? Are those solutions viable? What are the issues with those solutions? How would you solve the problem/s? After reading and watching, students should come to the first day of school prepared to  answer to this question: How would you like to see this idea applied within our English class AND how would you like to see this applied within the school?

    Students should read the various articles and watch the videos found in this folder: http://tinyurl.com/zru89px.

    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 practices:

    The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison (fiction)

    Plainsong, by Kent Haruf (fiction)

    The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson (historical nonfiction)

    Lucky, by Alice Sebold (memoir/nonfiction)

    ENGLISH 4 (12th grade)

    College Prep and Modern Literature

    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 of school.  

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

    Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

    Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich


    AP/IB Literature: Read Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie by the first day of school. Students should expect to be tested during the first week of school.

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