Introduction and Expectations for Students

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Introduction and Expectations for Students
Summer is a time to relax and read. This year we’ve once again provided a wide list of titles recommended by students, teachers and staff. The titles are organized by genre, and generally the more challenging titles are listed toward the end of each category. Students are expected to read at least three titles during the summer, but their selections are not required to come from this list. The list of websites provided at the end offer another way for students to search for books they may find interesting.
When students return in the fall, they should be prepared to show evidence of their reading. A reading guide is provided in this packet for students who might find it helpful. In general, English teachers will use this reading assignment as a way to get to know their new students as readers.
Select courses – A.P. Literature, World Literature, British Literature and A.P. Language - have required reading and writing assignments. The required reading for each of these courses is listed below. The writing assignments are available from the English department or on line at Select FHS from the drop down menu at the top, then library on the left. Once at the library website, select the link to the “Reading Room” on the left. This link provides the larger reading list as well as the specific writing assignments for the courses listed above.
Have a wonderful summer and please share your favorite books with us in the fall.

Required Reading for Select Courses
A.P. Literature (Grade 12)

Metamorphosis Franz Kafka

Reservation Blues Sherman Alexie

Animal Dreams Barbara Kingsolver

World Literature H (Grade 12)

Students should select three works written by authors not native to the United States. Choices may include novels, memoirs, or short story collections. See the resource lists (select public) at the FHS library catalog for suggestions of appropriate works from different regions of the world.

British Literature H (Grade 12)

The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers J.R.R. Tolkien
Students are strongly encouraged to follow their reading of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers with the third in The Lord of the Ring Trilogy: The Return of the King. However, those students with a strong preference may select a different novel written by a British author as an alternative.

A.P. Language (Grade 11)

The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

In addition, students should select one work from the A.P. English Language Book List posted on the FHS library webpage.

These websites are great for finding lists of recommended books:

  • Best Books for Young Adults

What you’ll find: Lists of award winning books selected for young adults by librarians

around the country.

  • Outstanding Books for the College Bound

What you’ll find: Lists of books by subject area recommended for students planning

to attend college.

  • BookPage: America’s book review

What you’ll find: Interviews with authors, “BookPage Archives,” Advice for Writers,

Book reviews


What you’ll find: “Book sense Picks” and “Bestseller List.”

Reading Guide
Comprehending and remembering what you’ve read can sometimes be challenging. What follows are some suggestions that might be helpful to you as you read.
Underline and annotate your text. If you own the books that you’re reading, highlight or underline important passages. Write notes (annotate) in the margins. Then, review your notes before you return to school in the fall.
Keep a journal. Journals are used by many readers to assist them in taking notes when they read. Use your journal to record personal reactions, your thoughts, feelings and connections to what you’ve read. Try writing in a journal right after you read. This is an opportunity to think on paper without worrying about the mechanics of writing. It’s also good practice for any writing assignments you’ll be given when you return to school in the fall.

Questions to consider as you read:
What are the significant events in the book?
What predictions do you have about what will happen in the book?
What problems or conflicts develop in this book? Which problem stands out? Why do you think this problem is important?
Who are the important characters? What are their prominent qualities? What characters from books, film, or real life do they remind you of?
What does the book suggest about people in general?
What is the author’s purpose in writing the book? What argument or message was he/she trying to express? What problem or issue was he/she trying to tackle?
What do you notice about the author’s writing style?
What have you learned about yourself as a reader this summer? What types of books do you enjoy?
What did you enjoy about the books you selected this summer? Who else might enjoy reading them?



An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Paper Town (John Green)

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Does My Head Look Big in This? (Abdel-Fattah)

Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

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