“Summer reading is about kicking off shoes, staying up much too late, reading all day with no one caring that’s what you’re doing. It’s about rushing through one to get to the next or lingering as long as you want. It’s about vicarious experiences that let us become a girl in an attic, a boy in the wilderness, a kite runner in a far-away land. And that type of reading begins with personal choice.” - Dr. Kylene Beers: educator, author, and former president of the National Council of Teachers of English
The English Department invites students from all grade levels to select a book of their choice to complete the summer reading assignment this year. *Please note that 11th grade students entering AP Language and Composition and all students entering AP Literature and Composition should click the links above for a special assignment. In order to help you make a selection, we encourage you to check out the suggested books behind these web links:
Summer Reading Program Rules & Additional Information:
Please select a book that is appropriate for high school. You should not have read this book before, either in class or independently. You can choose fiction or nonfiction novels, graphic novels, or plays. Essay and short story collections/compilations are OK.
Please complete the book prior to the first day of school in September.
You will be asked to write a reflection on your summer reading selection in September!
New for 2018: eBooks from myOn
The State Education Department has partnered with myOn to bring free digital eBooks to children from birth to 8th grade and their families across New York State. Download the files below for more information and details on how to log in.
Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Summer Reading:
When we read books for pleasure, we often read passively, which means that we read for fun, without an "active critical mindset" (i.e.: not hunting for details on setting, plot, characterization, etc.) Reading books for school often requires more active reading, or using certain techniques to more fully engage with a text. Since you will be assessed on your summer reading selection, we encourage you to read actively. Check out the links for some ideas. While not mandatory, we encourage you to use one or more of these strategies to help you keep track of your reading!