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 version of this information may be found at the top 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 available electronically so you can turn it in the first day of school. Put it in your school Google drive if you have a Lindbergh account.
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.
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 should take notes over the following applicable theme topics: education, social class, abuse of power, gender, race, appropriate role of government, prejudice, justice, community, perseverance, value of family, crime, corruption. St. Louis County Library has 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
NOTICE: McSweeneys is apparently no longer is selling several of the titles (they were available in May 2018), but all are available through online retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Abebooks, and from the Lindbergh library. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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 (OUT OF PRINT as of May 9, 2018)
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 ANY book from the 2018-19 Gateway Reader Nominee list: http://www.maslonline.org/page/1819GatewayPrelim/2018-2019-Gateway-Preliminary-Nominees.htm . As you read, fill out the REQUIRED characterization worksheet. To access both the reading list and the characterization worksheet, please access this Google folder: https://goo.gl/SMJkGC (<--You must type in the URL).
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. Students will need their copy of the book for the first few weeks of class. *If you check your book out from the library, be sure to take notes on other paper!*
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 one novella from the list linked below. These novellas represent diverse perspectives in American Literature during the formative years from 1850-1900. Choose one of the novellas to attain a copy, read, and take notes on its theme, character development, symbolism, and motif. Think about the historical context of the chosen novella. What perspective does your particular author offer? These notes will be utilized in the first week of school for your first assessment. These novellas will be the basis of our first quarter research project.
Choose one novella from the Google Doc linked here:
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 ONE topic from the folders to more fully explore. Read the remaining articles and watch the remaining videos in the chosen topic folder. You will take notes on the document labeled “Summer Reading Notes.”
Students should read the various articles and watch the videos found in this folder: http://tinyurl.com/zru89px.
Use this link to access the notes template that you must complete and bring to school on the first day: https://goo.gl/QiQjC5
ENGLISH 3 IB/pre-AP (11th grade)
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 & COMPOSITION (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, Ralph Ellison (fiction); Plainsong, Kent Haruf (fiction); The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (historical nonfiction); The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (biography/nonfiction)
ENGLISH 4 (12th)
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
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir by Linda Hogan
AP/IB LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (12th)
Read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by the first day of school. Students should expect to be tested during the first week of school.