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Required and Suggested Summer Reading
 


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Elementary Schools

SUMMER READING - 2017


GRADES
Pre-K to 5





PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL

SUMMER READING - 2016



GRADE

SUMMER READING REQUIREMENT


9

Please choose one of the books from this list of eight to read during the summer. During the first week of school this assignment will be part of an in-class project, including a timed writing, that will extend the students understanding of the reading and prepare them to study The Odyssey (Fagles translation).

Author                       Title

Aeschylus                   Agamemnon

Agamemnon is a play by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus in which Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, kills Agamemnon, a hero returning from the Trojan War.

Atwood, Margaret    The Penelopiad

Atwood offers a modern retelling of the story of Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, and her twelve maids who were killed upon their masterís return.

Barrett, Tracy       King of Ithaka

Barrett offers a contemporary adventure story based on the heroic quest of Telemachos, son of Odysseus, on a perilous journey which shapes his life in profound ways.

Euripedes               The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women is about the fate of four Greek women after the fall of Troy.

Euripedes               Orestes

This Greek play is about Orestes after he murders his mother for killing his father.

Graves          The Siege and Fall of Troy

Graves, a modern writer, retells the story of Troy from the beginning through the Trojan War.  He includes mythology in which Greek gods take the sides of different warriors.

Huler, Scott          No Man's Lands: One Man's Odyssey Through The Odyssey

Inspired by The Odyssey, Huler, a contemporary writer, retraces Odysseus' journey from Troy to Ithaca in modern times.

Sophocles               Electra

In this Greek play, Electra and her brother Orestes take revenge on their mother Clymnestra and their step-father Aegisthus for the murder of their father Agamemnon.
Reading for pleasure is always a good idea. The following texts are suggested reading during the summer.  Students WILL NOT be required to write about these texts.           
                           
Author           Title

Asimov           Various works
Burns            Cold Sassy Tree
Bradbury        The Illustrated Man
                    The Martian Chronicles
Bray            Going Bovine
Cisneros      Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
Clarke         Childhood's End
Coelho          The Alchemist
DeFoe             Robinson Crusoe    
Dillard             An American Childhood
Franklin         Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Gaines          A Gathering of Old Men
Gunther         Death Be Not Proud
Haley           Autobiography of Malcolm X
Hoffman         Turtle Moon  
Homer           The Iliad (Faglesí translation)
Keyes           Flowers for Algernon            
Kincaid         Annie John
Knowles          A Separate Peace
Malamud         The Natural
Mitchell        Black Swan Green
Morrison        The Bluest Eye
Niffenegger     The Time Traveler's Wife
Pullman         His Dark Materials (Trilogy)
Rodriguez       Hunger of Memory
Rowell          Eleanor and Park
Saenz           Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Scott           Ivanhoe
Shakespeare     Troilus and Cressida
Sherman         The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Smith             A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Stevenson       Treasure Island
                       Kidnapped
Stone           The Agony and the Ecstasy
Tan             A Thousand Secret Senses
Twain           A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Wolfe           This Boy's Life

10

Read Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.   

Students will be required to write a 40-minute timed writing on various literary elements of the text.

For optional reading, please click to view our suggestions for rising tenth grade students.


11

Choose ONE of the following books:

Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild   
       OR  
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Students will be required to write a 40-minute timed writing on various literary elements of the text.

For optional reading, please click to view our suggestions for rising eleventh grade students.


11 AP English Language and Composition

Students must read ALL THREE books:

  • Jon Krakauer - Into the Wild
  • Robert Penn Warren - All the King's Men
  • Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Students will be required to write a 40-minute timed writing on various literary elements of the texts.

For optional reading, please click to view our suggestions for rising eleventh grade students.


12

Read Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

Students will be required to write a 40-minute timed writing on various issues in the text, in preparation for the unit on Education.

For optional reading, please click to view our suggestions for rising twelfth grade students.


12 AP English Literature and Composition

Students MUST read both of the following titles:
  • David Lodge - The Art of Fiction
  • Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights
Students will be required to write a 40-minute timed writing on various literary elements of the texts.
  • Additionally, students must create 4 post-it notes for EACH chapter of Wuthering Heights. Each post-it note must contain a significant quote from the given chapter.
  • Two of the four post-its for each chapter should link the chosen quote to Lodge’s The Art of Fiction, and two of the four post-its for a given chapter should contain a succinct analysis of the selected quote. The four post-its for each chapter should be attached to an 8.5" by 11” piece of paper. This assignment will be turned in on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.
For optional reading, please click to view our suggestions for rising twelfth grade students.















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