Signal Mountain Middle High School


Summer Reading

Summer Reading
Summer Reading List for 2018-19

6​th​ grade
A Long Walk to Water ​by Linda Sue Park (ISBN 978-0-547-57731-9)
Students need to have this read prior to sixth grade as it kicks off our year of international literature by international authors.

Suggested books to enhance summer:
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
The Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

7th​ Grade
The Breadwinner ​by Deborah Ellis (ISBN: 978-1773060712)
Over the summer, each 7th grader needs to purchase a copy of and read the book before the first day of school.

8​th​ Grade
Choose one​ of the following books to read over the summer:

The Hunger Games​ ​by Suzanne Collins
The Maze Runner​ ​by James Dashner
Divergent ​by Veronica Roth
The Giver​ ​by Lois Lowry
Matched ​by Ally Condie
The initial unit for the 8th grade year centers around the summer reading novel. It is required to have this novel read before the first day of school.

9th Grade Honors English:

Students will choose one​ of the following books for summer reading and complete the book prior to returning to school in August.

The Secret Life of Bees​ ​by Sue Monk Kidd
Into the Wild​ by Jon Krakauer (non-fiction)

We highly recommend that students annotate the text as they read, paying special attention to the literary elements of setting, characterization, and conflict. Class discussion and activities will begin during the first full week of school.

9th Grade Advanced Honors English (Pre-AP):

Students will choose ​two​ of the ten summer reading titles below that they have not already read, and they will complete the summer assignment prior to returning to school in August. Students can access the assignment through the following link.

Rebecca​ by Daphne du Maurier
Lord of the Flies​ by William Golding
*The Kite Runner​ by Khaled Hosseini
A Separate Peace​ by John Knowles
The Secret Life of Bees​ by Sue Monk Kidd
Into the Wild ​ by Jon Krakauer (Non-fiction)
*The​ ​Catcher in the Rye​ by J.D. Salinger
*The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks​ ​by Rebecca Skloot (Non-fiction)
The Joy Luck Club​ by Amy Tan
The Book Thief ​by Markus Zusak
*Titles with an asterisk indicate novels with more mature content. Please discuss these titles with your parents prior to choosing them for summer reading.

10​th​ Grade Honors English:

Directions: Read one​ of the books from the below list framed by the C.G. Jung quote, “The world begins to exist when the individual discovers it.”
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn​ by Mark Twain
The Alchemist​ by Paulo Coelho
Autobiography of a Face​ Lucy Grealy
Birds of America​ Lorrie Moore
The English Patient​ Michael Ondaatje
Invisible Man​ Ralph Ellison
Kindred​ Octavia Butler
Neverwhere​ Neil Gaiman
Pather Panchali​ by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
Sophie's World​ by Jostein Gaarder
Their Eyes Were Watching God​ Zora Neale Hurston

10​th​ Grade AP English Literature and Composition
Required Reading​:

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations – Be prepared for a test on this book during the first week of school.

We will open the year with a study of this novel.
Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor —You should read and annotate this book carefully. You will be using this text through the rest of your career at SMMHS. I will collect your books the first day of school in order to grade your annotations.

Choice Novel Assignment​:
Choose one of the following novels and complete the choice novel assignment to submit to TurnItIn by August 1, 2018. You should choose two separate chapters from How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and write two separate paragraphs analyzing your book. Each paragraph should apply a chapter of How to Read Literature Like a Professor that you think is pertinent to your novel. Your paragraphs should be well-written, focused, and thorough with two quotes as examples from the text.

Choice Novels​:
Gaines, Ernest. A Lesson Before Dying
*Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go
Kingsolver, Barbara. Poisonwood Bible
*Titles with an asterisk indicate novels with more mature content. Please discuss these titles with your parents
prior to choosing them as your novels.

11​th​ Grade Honors English:
The Last American Man​ by Elizabeth Gilbert (ISBN: 978-0142002834)

11​th​ Grade IB English Literature:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers​ by Katherine Boo (ISBN: 978-0812979329)
Evicted​ by Matthew Desmond (ISBN: 978-0553447453)

12th Grade Honors English:
A Contemporary Memoir

12​th​ Grade Dual Enrollment English:
2018: The Tilted World​ by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly (ISBN: 9780062069191)

12​th​ Grade IB English Literature:
Hillbilly Elegy​ by J.D. Vance (ISBN: 978-0062300553)
Extended Essay Research and Writing ​(See Managebac EE Worksheet for details)
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