Summer Reading 2019

Summer Reading Requirements

Every student at St. Mary’s High School is required to read during the summer. The students are informed in class of this requirement and they should understand the importance of the reading program in the school.

An essay test will be given on these books during the first week of classes. The grade for the test will be part of their English grade average for the first quarter.

On the day of the test, students are required to bring to English class handwritten notes taken on each book.

AP students must complete notes based on the assignment packet provided by the AP teacher.

All other students should complete their notes neatly on loose-leaf paper in the following format:
Title
Author
Point of View
Setting in time and place
List all main characters and a brief description of each
A brief plot summary
Conflict
Theme (if possible)

These notes will afford the student material for review and will be used by the student’s teacher to verify that the book has been read. In the event that the student does poorly on his or her test, the book notes can be used to supplement the grade.

Since reading is one of the most important skills a person can acquire, this opportunity to read during leisure time is invaluable. I am confident that you will assist your child in obtaining the necessary books and encourage him or her to do the required reading.

2019 SUMMER READING BOOK LIST

All students must read all books listed for their level of English Course.

FRESHMAN YEAR
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

SOPHOMORE YEAR
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

JUNIOR YEAR: HONORS AND REGULAR
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

JUNIOR YEAR: ADVANCED PLACEMENT
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

SENIOR YEAR: PRE-COLLEGE LIT/COMP., ELECTIVES
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

SENIOR YEAR: ADVANCED PLACEMENT
How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe