·All 9th and 10th grade students should be prepared to take the quizzes within the first three weeks of school.
·A 9th or 10th grade student who transfers from another school may read and take an AR Quiz from his or her previous school. If his or her school had no summer reading list and/or the books are not AR, he or she must choose a book from Woodlawn High School’s list, read it quickly, and take the quiz on the assigned date with his or her class. Check at http://arbookfind.com. No exemptions!
·A student who is enrolled in two or more English classes must read a book for each course that he or she is enrolled. No exemptions!
Ninth Grade (9th)
Tenth Grade (10th)
Title of Book
Title of Book
Walter Dean Myers
Discovering Wes Moore
I Beat the Odds
Eye of the Storm
Pam Munoz Ryan
Liar and Spy
A Matter of Trust
Something Like Normal
The Maze Runner
The Hunger Games
The Last Dragonslayer
Laurie Halse Anderson
Fast Food Nation* (World Geography)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks* (Biology)
Animal Farm* (Civics)
All 11th and 12th students should be prepared to take an exam during the first six weeks of school.
Eleventh Grade (11th)
Twelfth Grade (12th)
Title of Book
Title of Book
A Lesson Before Dying
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
An American Plague
The Old Man and the Sea
The Picture of Dorian Gray
An Invisible Thread
The Catcher in the Rye
The Fault in Ours Stars
To Kill a Mockingbird
Code Name Verity
A Brave New World
The Devil in the White City* (American History)
The Garden of Beasts*(World History or European History)
The Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Gifted, Great Scholar Academy and Honors Summer 2014 Reading Lists
9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Gifted, Great Scholar Academy, and Honors Summer Reading Lists
·Students in Gifted, Great Scholars Academy, and Honors classes will be required to read two books.
·All 9th and 10th Gifted, Great Scholars, and Honors students should be prepared to take the Accelerated Reader Quizzes on the two books within the first four weeks of school.
·Please note that students cannot select a previously tested book(s).
·A student who transfers from another school may read and take an AR Quiz from his or her previous school.
·If his or her school had no summer reading list and/or the books are not AR, he or she must choose two books from Woodlawn High School’s list, read them quickly, and take the quizzes on the assigned date with his or her class.
Advanced Placement English Summer 2014 Reading Assignment
Advanced Placement Language and Composition Summer Reading Assignment 2014
(English III, English Language and Composition)
Synopsis: Incoming Advanced Placement Language and Composition students are required to read two books over the summer. Students will be required to write an out of class essay during the first six weeks of school; the topic options are listed below. Remember; AP classes ARE college courses; they are NOT preparation for college.
Each student MUST do the following:
1)Choose ONE book from the list below to read and annotate over the summer:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
2)Read and annotate Eric Larsen’s The Devil the White City **This is a required text. **
3)Select ONE of the essay topics listed below. BOTH novels must be used as evidence to support your response.
Essay Topics to Select from:
1.Consider the distinct perspectives expressed in the following statements:
If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible
William Lyon Phelps, American educator, journalist, and professor (1865-1943)
I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
Bertrand Russell, British author, mathematician, and philosopher (1872-1970)
In a well-organized essay, take a position on the relationship between certainty and doubt. Support your arguments with appropriate evidence and examples.
2.American essayist and social critic H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) wrote, “The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.” In a well-written essay, examine the extent to which Mencken’s observation applies to society, supporting your position with appropriate evidence.
3.“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” –Horace
Consider this quotation about adversity from the Roman poet Horace. Then write an essay that defends, challenges, or qualifies Horace’s assertion about the role that adversity (financial or political hardship, danger, misfortune, etc.) plays in developing a person’s character. Support your argument with appropriate evidence from your reading, observation, or experience.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Summer Reading Assignment 2014 (English IV AP)
Synopsis: Incoming Advanced Placement Literature and Composition students are required to read two books over the summer in preparation for this course. The goal of Advanced Placement Summer Reading is to encourage students to read diverse and well-written literature. Students will be required to read two books and will be required to write an in-class essay during the first six weeks of school.
AP Literature and Composition is a college course; it is not a preparation for college.
Each student must do the following:
1.Please read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.
·Be prepared to discuss this book within the first week of school.
2.Choose a book from the list below and read and annotate it over the summer:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Beloved by ToniMorrison
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman*
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
The Reader by Bernard Schlink*
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sula by Toni Morrison
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak*
Wolf HallorBringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel*
Woodlawn High School Mission Statement
Woodlawn High School provides a safe and supportive environment that fosters opportunities for all students to achieve academic success, while also ensuring students obtain necessary life-skills through partaking in opportunities to grow intellectually, philanthropically, and socially.
Woodlawn High School Vision Statement
At Woodlawn High School, our students are responsible members of the community who demonstrate this by respecting the right of all to learn in a safe and challenging atmosphere, while inspiring themselves and others intellectually, physically and emotionally to reach their highest collective potential.