Summer Reading


Grade Level

Title of Book

Guidelines for Reading

Incoming Fifth Grade

The Captain’s Dog by Roland Smith
ISBN number: 978-0152026967

Students are required to annotate given the guidelines on this bookmark.
A bookmark and instructions for this process were provided during the
school year.

Incoming Sixth Grade

Wonder by R.J. Polacio
ISBN number: 978-0-375-86902-0

Students are required to annotate given the guidelines on this bookmark.
A bookmark and instructions for this process were provided during the
school year.

Incoming Seventh Grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

Students should follow the specific, detailed directions from Mrs. Vetter.
General annotation guidelines on this bookmark should also be followed.

The Wreck This Journal activity will help students prepare for journaling
assignments by
stimulating and developing creativity. This should be a
fun exercise that encourages students to think outside the box.

Incoming Eighth Grade

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Outsiders by S.E. Hintons

Animal Farm George Orwell

Students should follow these guidelines, paying close attention to the guiding
questions and identifying supporting evidence in the text.


Incoming Ninth Grade

The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien

Students should annotate per their preference (students are welcome to use
the annotation bookmark from seventh grade if they wish). Students should
read and prepare for the following:

  • Class discussion.
  • Riddle poem.
  • Timed five paragraph essay using one of the following prompts in class:
    • Discuss the stages of the hero's journey.
    • Discuss the changes of Bilbo’s characters from the beginning of the
      novel to the end.

Incoming Tenth Grade

Students have a choice of one of the
three novels listed below:

1984 by George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Students should annotate per their preference (students are welcome to use
the annotation bookmark from seventh grade above if they wish). Students
should read and prepare to write an essay about dystopian fiction using a
guided prompt to be completed in class.

Incoming Eleventh Grade

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

How to Read Literature Like a Professor
by Thomas C. Foster


Students should annotate Caleb’s Crossing per their preference (students
are welcome to use the annotation bookmark from seventh grade above
if they wish). Students should read and prepare for the following:

  • Take-home essay: Choose three elements discussed in How to Read
    Literature Like a Professor
    to show how they might apply to
    Caleb’s Crossing.
  • Read How to Read Literature Like a Professor in its entirety and
    annotate
    only chapters 1, 4, 7, 12.

Incoming Twelfth Grade
taking British Literature

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Students should read in preparation for in-class discussion and a quiz.

Advanced Placement
English: Literature
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Students should read in preparation for in-class essay with a prompt.