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Summer Reading List 




DIRECTIONS:   Find the English course you will be taking next year (2017-2018) to find your assigned reading for the summer. All students will complete journals to hand in on the first day of class in August. These books may be purchased at the book store of any mall or ordered on line through Amazon. A few will be in the town library and a few are available at the WHHS Library.


Honors English IV and English 430 CP


            Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Honors journal given in class)


Honors English III

            To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee


Eleventh Grade English (English III CP):

            The Pigman by Paul Zindel


Tenth Grade English (English II Honors, English II CP):


            And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie



Ninth Grade English (English I) (at North District Middle School and Wade Hampton):

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson

After being convicted of viciously beating a classmate, Cole Matthews elects to participate in Circle Justice, an alternative sentencing program based on traditional Native American practices that results in his being banished to a remote Alaskan island where he is left to survive for a year. He has an encounter with the Spirit Bear that leaves him wounded and gives him six months of healing time to reconsider his options. While trying to accept responsibility for what he has done, his pride, pain, and anger get the best of him, and he knows that he has to learn to control his anger before it destroys him.



DUE: First day of class

College Prep Journals will include      

·         Two – Three sentences of overview for each chapter

·         Three – five sentences in a response to each chapter


            Chapter One of Animal Farm introduces the animals and their lives on the farm. Old Major gives his speech urging the animals to rise up against man who has them in slavery. Also, the animals learn the song “Beasts of England.”

            I thought reading about animals was pretty neat but also funny with animals talking and hating man. I felt sorry for the poor treatment they were given by Mr. Jones. His forgetting to feed them and forgetting to milk the cows was inexcusable.   Even though the story is about animals wanting to revolt, the author made the story very real because the animals have human characteristics. This realness makes the story even more interesting.



Mrs. H. Skinner



  • Read the book for summer reading; do not get answers from Cliff Notes/Spark Notes or study guides. Warning: the movie (if you can find it) is different; if you depend on it, you will miss answers and receive a zero. Plagiarizing, copying someone else’s work (including Internet sources) without giving credit, will result in two zeroes since this grade counts twice.
  • You are to do a journal for the novel assigned for summer reading: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. These journals will be turned in on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS in the fall. Journals work best when kept in a spiral notebook.
  • TYPED journals will NOT be accepted. They need to be in student’s handwriting.
  • Journals count twice as a test grade. Journals will NOT be accepted late.



  1. Give a ONE-SENTENCE summary for each chapter of the book including the epilogue and manuscript document at the end.


  1. List and identify all major characters (the ten on the island with emphasis on the ones who play the most important roles. (need not be complete sentences)


  1. Describe in one paragraph how the setting affects the plot.


  1. List major themes in sentences—not thematic ideas or topics such as corruption of ideals, but…


A theme of The Odyssey is that excessive pride can lead to destruction.


5.      Explain the relevance of the title and how the poem directly relates to the title and the role the poem plays in the novel.


6.      Explain what you notice about the author’s

A.    Suspense

B.     Foreshadowing

C.    Kinds of sensory imagery (touch, taste, see, hear, smell) –Must include specific examples from text.

 (Please use this order—need not be in complete sentences. Give specific examples of each.)


7.      Comment on what you liked or disliked about this novel and explain why. (3/4—1 page in length)