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SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
2019 SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS
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The goal of the South Kingstown High School English Department's Summer Reading Program is to promote literacy skills throughout the year in order to strengthen academic achievement.  We hope also to encourage students to explore the world of reading by offering a wide range of choices.  Students are required to read one or more of the choices assigned for their respective grade level of English class, which will be assessed the first week of school. Students who are unsure about which book to select should consult with their librarian, English teacher, or reading specialist.

We encourage you to take notes as you read, in order to keep track of characters, settings, key plot developments, symbols, etc.  Having these notes to review from will help you perform your best on the Summer Reading assessment in the fall.

CLICK HERE for the 2019 SKHS ELA Summer Reading Lists

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GRADE  9


That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.   
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


English 9 - Select one (1) novel from the list below.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Historical Memoir)
Emma by Jane Austen (Classic)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Classic)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Classic)
Maus I by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)
The Maze Runner (Vol. 1 of The Maze Runner Trilogy) by James Dashner (Science Fiction)
Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primiano (Young Adult Fiction set in Rhode Island)
Wolf Rider by Avi (Mystery)
or, in memory of Lindsay Ann Burke,
Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (Contemporary)


Honors 9 - Students must read one  (1) of the following assigned novels.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.
(Bring your notes: they will count as part of your grade!)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Emma by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


Assessment: 9th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected-response questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification).  


CLICK HERE for a copy of the 2019 Grade 9 Summer Reading Assignment
 CLICK HERE for summaries and reviews of the Grade 9 Summer Reading selections


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GRADE  10


And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.  
— East of Eden by John Steinbeck

English 10 students are to read one (1) book from the list below.  There will be an ASSESSMENT. 

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
East of Eden* by John Steinbeck
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream by Bill Reynolds
Hide With Me by Sorboni Banerjee (SKHS alumna)
Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Water for Elephants* by Sarah Gruen
*Includes mature content


English 10 Honors American Literature students are to read the two (2) books below.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck — TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  — TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY


Assessment: 10th grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected-response questions (multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). While reading, keep these essential questions in mind:
1) How has this book has helped you to understand more about what it means to be an American?
2) What does the book tell you about the importance of community?

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GRADE  11

It is a good thing to experience everything oneself, he thought. As a child, I learned that pleasures of the world and riches were not good. I have known it for a long time, but I have only just experienced it. Now I know it not only with my intellect, but with my eyes, with my heart, with my stomach. It is a good thing that I know this.      
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

English 11 students
are to read one (1) book from the list below.
There will be an ASSESSMENT.  
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini
*Includes mature content
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless

AP 11 students are to read both of the following:

The Odyssey by Homer -  TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse - TEST, NOTES, and ESSAY

Assessment: 11th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The test will consist of 40 selected response questions(multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). While reading, keep in mind the following essential questions:
How does the main characters' journeys or experiences shape their development?  How do their encounters with the unfamiliar help them grow as individuals?


GRADE  12

Work keeps at bay three great evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Candide by Voltaire


With the exception of students taking AP Literature 12 or Honors Literary Drama,
ALL seniors are to read one (1) book from the list below.  
There will be an ASSESSMENT. 
Candide by Voltaire
Flight
* by Sherman Alexie
Five Skies* by Ron Carlson
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Memory of Running* by Ron McLarty
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
*Includes mature content

AP Literature 12
students are to read both of the following:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Candide by Voltaire
AP Literature 12 students are strongly encouraged to obtain their own copy of the following:
How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda

Honors Literary Drama students are to read both of the following:
Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller


Assessment: 12th-grade students will be assessed on their reading during the first days of school. The assessment will consist of 40 selected response questions(multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or character identification). As you read, keep in mind the following essential question:
How does at least one of the main characters take control (or fail to take control) of his or her own life?  How does the author show the importance of goals and personal values in that character’s life?