To: Parents and students of Voorhees High School (including current 8th graders)
From: Chris Maslonka, Supervisor of English
Re: Summer Reading
Date: May 2016
The members of the Voorhees High School English department strongly believe that students need to read throughout the entire year in order to improve their reading ability. As a result, all Voorhees High School students are required to read at least two books for their summer reading – one from the list for their grade level and one book of their own choice. Summer reading is a requirement for all students, including seniors who may not have an English class during the first semester.
1. Book from the list for your grade level
Read one book from the list for the grade level you will start in August. Please note that English III Honors, Advanced Placement: Language and Composition, and Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition have specific required texts to read. The list of books is available at http://www.nhvweb.net/vhs/english/summer-reading/.
Your English teacher will assess your reading of this book when you return to school in August.
2. Book of your own choice
Read any other book that you would like to read that is appropriate for school and for your reading level. This book can be fiction or nonfiction.
Answer the following questions for this book:
- What is the name of the book?
- Who wrote the book?
- On a 1-10 scale (with 10 being the highest), what score would you give this book?
- Why did you give the book that score? Write one paragraph in response to this.
- Do you think other students would enjoy this book? Explain your answer.
This information will be collected by your English teacher when you return to school in August.
Many of the books on the summer reading list are available in the Voorhees High School media center and your local library. You can check these books out from the Voorhees media center before you leave for the summer.
Students taking English III and English III CP must read one book from the below list. Students in English III Honors must read The Grapes of Wrath. Students taking AP English Language and Composition must read the required books** (Notes of a Native Son and Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass).
Students must read one book from the below list. Students taking AP English Literature and Composition must read 1984 (Orwell), The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood), and Brave New World (Huxley).