We are going to be using Khan Academy again this summer for our Summer Math program. Summer Math assignments are now available through Google Classroom using the following code: usz5sb.

Students should follow the link in Google Classroom to Khan Academy for the course they are registered for in the fall of 2019. All students SHOULD be registered in their Khan Academy class by Saturday June 1. All assignments are due the first day of class, August 14, 2019.


6th Grade*: Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

7th Grade*: The Second Mrs. Giaconda by Elaine Konigsburg

English 8 CP*: Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

English 8 Honors: Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

*Note for 6th, 7th, and English 8 Students: They will not be asked to respond to the text on the first day back at school. We will discuss and take notes before they complete a written assignment on the text.

In addition to the specified texts for each grade level, students should choose texts for independent reading from the following list. They should read at least 60 minutes each week and keep a log of what they have read.

Fiction Titles

  • Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt
  • After the Rain, Norma Fox Mazer
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts, G. Chlodenko
  • The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker, Cynthia DeFelice
  • Backwater, Joan Bauer
  • Bandit’s Moon, Sid Fleischman
  • Becoming Naomi Leon, Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • Bound, Donna Jo Napoli
  • A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor, Harry Mazer
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne
  • The Boy Who Saved Baseball, John H. Ritter
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene Yelchin
  • Calico Captive, Elizabeth George Speare
  • Captain Horatio Hornblower, C. S. Forester
  • The Cay & Timothy of the Cay, Theodore Taylor
  • Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech
  • Chasing Vermeer, The Calder Game, & The Wright 3, Balliett Blue
  • Chicken Boy, Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • Chomp, Carl Hiaasen
  • The Coast Watcher, Elise Weston
  • Cry of the Icemark, S. Hill
  • Day of Tears, Julius Lester
  • Double Identity, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Edge of the Sword, Rebecca Tingle
  • Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine
  • The Enemy Above, Michael Spraidlin
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library & The Island of Dr. Libris, Chris Grabenstein
  • Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Eyes of the Emperor, Graham Salisbury
  • Fever, 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Ghost, Jason Reynolds
  • Granny Torelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech
  • The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Masterpiece, Elise Broach
  • My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
  • Navigating Early, Clare Vanderpool
  • A Night Divided, Jennifer A. Nielson
  • Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper
  • Project 1065, Alan Gratz
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  • The Secret Keepers, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Secret Project Notebook, Carolyn Reeder
  • Shades of Gray, Carolyn Reeder
  • Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
  • Surviving the Applewhites, Stephanie Tolan
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, John Grisham
  • The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funk
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
  • The Underneath, Kathi Appelt
  • Ungifted, Gordon Korman
  • The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver, Grace Lin
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle


  • Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series, Andrew Clements
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C. S. Lewis
  • Crispin trilogy, Avi
  • Dear America series
  • The Gerander Trilogy, Francis Watts
  • Guardians of Ga’hoole series, Kathryn Lasky
  • The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch series, Jane Smiley
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Molly Moon series, Georgia Byng
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society series, Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The Royal Diaries series
  • Tales from Dimwood Forrest series, Avi
  • The Wingfeather Saga, Andrew Peterson


  • Abracadabra Kid: A Writer’s Life, Sid Fleischman
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition, William Kamkwamba
  • Cowboys of the Wild West, Russell Freedman
  • The Emperor’s Silent Army, Jane O’Conner
  • Isaac the Alchemist, Mary Losure
  • King George: What Was His Problem?, Steve Sheinkin
  • Moonbird, Phillip Hoose
  • Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science, John Fleischman
  • Temple Grandin, Sy Montgomery
  • We Are the Ship, Kadir Nelson
  • We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, Cynthia Levinson

English 9 CP

Students in English 9 CP should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 9 Honors/10 CP

Students in English 9 Honors and English 10 CP should read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 10 Honors

Students in English 10 Honors and English 11 CP should read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

English 11

Students in English 11 will read Beowulf translation by Seamus Heaney and prepare for a written assessment on the first day of school.

AP Language and Composition

Students in AP Language and Composition should read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and be prepared for a written assessment the first day of school. Students should also purchase Rhetorical Devices, Prestwick House, ISBN # 978158049765-7. The summer assignment in this book is to read pages 3 - 10 and to complete all writing activities on pages 13 - 31 according to directions.

Senior Composition

Students should read Hard Times by Charles Dickens and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.

AP Literature and Composition

Student should read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and a second novel of their choice from the provided list. Students are to complete the summer reading assignment for each novel and email their responses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, August 13. The detailed description of the novels and assignment is attached.

The following novels/plays have been cited on the AP exam more than any other pieces of literature. The numbers to the left of each title indicates how many times students were able to write about the novel on the open-ended question.

Do not select a novel/play that you have already read. Email Mrs. Cain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 1, 2019 to inform her of your second novel/play choice.

AP Literature Choices for Second Novel/Play:

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Light in August by William Faulkner
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  • Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sula by Toni Morrison
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
  • Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chkhov
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

AP Literature Assignment:

In a typed document, complete the following entries for BOTH novels. You should have a separate entry for Invisible Man and a second entry for the novel of your choice.

(10 points) Entry #1. Introductory information as shown below

  1. Title of work
  2. Give a brief description of the author and any significant events in his/her life that would have shaped the novel
  3. Genre (play, novel, epic poem, nonfiction text); sub-genre, if applicable (example, not just play for Henry V, but history play)
  4. Historical context, such as the year published, the literary period, or any historical or literary connections worth noting
  5. Protagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
  6. Antagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
  7. Key themes: the main two or three. Remember—this is a complete statement, not singular words or phrases.
  8. Three literary elements-identified and described

(50 points) Entries #2-6. Five journal entries (approximately 100-200 words each). All journal entries are to be analytical exercises and written in paragraph form. Be sure to vary your entry types (don't do the same thing over and over again).

  1. Write about the title: What do you think this title could refer to? What is your first reaction to the title? Do you think it could be seen as symbolic in any way?
  2. Start with a quotation from a chapter and comment on it. Why is it important? Extend beyond the text itself. Ex: maybe the passage is important for a character, but how about us?
  3. Pull out a soliloquy or short scene from a play and analyze it. Why it is important? What is revealed, etc.?
  4. Reading between the lines. Sometimes it's what characters don't say that matters. Cite a passage and explain what's really going on. Be sure to show how you know it.
  5. Analyze the development of a dynamic character: how is it she/he grows, learns, etc.? (AP tests are full of passages that show character growth).
  6. Cite and explain an ironic passage. How does irony function in the work?
  7. Cite a passage and analyze the author's style: choice of words, syntax, tone, etc. Why do you think the author used this style for this work? How effective is the passage at achieving the author's purpose?
  8. Cite and agree, disagree or qualify a point of view or a worldview in the work. Give context for the point of view first.

(40 points) Entry #7. - In 800 words or more explain a truth (or truths) about human nature and find some events from the text that relate to those truths. Include a quote from at least one passage in the book that reflects the experience you have identified. Be sure to embed the quote into your essay as you have done on other AP essays. Some ideas to consider are: acceptance, alienation, betrayal, choices, conformity, courage, cowardice, fear, friendship, fate, individuality, loyalty, relationships, responsibility, growth, and truth.

____Total (100 points)

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