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Summer Reading Titles and Assignment

Students are required to read ONE book from the following list and complete the activities listed at the bottom of this document.

*Mature Content Statement:

Please talk with your child about what he or she plans to read.  We are sensitive to appropriate reading material, but also recognize that what is appropriate varies widely by family.  Most are concerned only that their children be able to find something motivating to read and have no restrictions on what they allow.  Others have objections to the horror genre, for instance.

We ask that if you have concerns about what your child reads, please stay aware of his or her summer reading book and assist in gauging the content and maturity level you would like to maintain with your child. While all the books on the list are deemed to have strong literary merit and are valuable additions to Homestead’s curriculum, books that include content that some may find sensitive to young adults are marked as mature content.  Your child may switch books at any time if he or she becomes uncomfortable with the material.

The Assignment 

As you read, annotate your book. If you do not want to write in the book, use sticky notes or another method to collect your observations. Look for significant passages, symbolism, structural choices, interesting syntax, word choice, emerging themes, etc. When you finish reading, make a list of at least three themes in the novel. For each theme, write a short paragraph in which you explain how the author conveyed the theme. What methods did he or she use that led you to that conclusion? Bring the list and explanations to class the first day of school.

Please contact Mrs. Vickrey at  if you have any questions.