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2019 High School Level Summer Reading List

The purpose of summer reading at Incarnate Word Academy is to engage students in an enjoyable reading experience that maintains and fosters literacy.

Why summer reading?

Summer reading prevents the “summer setback” that many times happens when students refrain from reading. Research has shown that students who do not continue to read in the summer decline in academic achievement (Cahill, Horvath, McGill-Franzen, & Allington, 2013; Cooper et al., 1996; Entwisle, Alexander, & Olson, 1997; Heyns, 1978).

Reading over the summer months keeps students minds engaged and makes for an easier transition to the next grade level because students have continued, not stunted, their reading levels (Cahill, et al., 2013; Kim, 2004). While engaged in summer reading, students enhance their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading achievement.

Summer reading supports and encourages students to be become lifelong readers. This supports lifelong critical thinking skills, habits that we strive to create for all students.

Each English class has a required summer reading assignment for students.

Below is a list of books for students to read over the summer break.

Complete a reflection journal paragraph for each chapter – due the first day of school.

Grade 9   
English I Night - Elie Wiesel
English I Pre AP I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
   
Grade 10  
English II To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
English II Pre AP Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
   
Grade 11  
English III  A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
  The Elements of Style Workbook - William Strunk Jr., edited by Michelle T. Poff
English III AP  A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
  Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love - Dava Sobel
  The Elements of Style Workbook - William Strunk Jr., edited by Michelle T. Poff 
   
Grade 12  
English IV, IV AP, IV  Mythology - Edith Hamilton
and Dual Enrollment: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley 

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