11th Grade

Incoming 11th Grade Academic Summer Reading


The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others

Alternately, each of the above stories can also be downloaded and printed from the links below:

Fall of the House of Usher (link)

The Black Cat (link)

The Cask of Amontillado (link)

Edgar Allan Poe's name conjures up thoughts of hearts beating long after their owners are dead, of disease and plague amid wealth, of love that extends beyond the grave, and of black ravens who utter only one word. The richness of Poe's writing, however, includes much more than horror, loss, and death.

Note: Students are only required to read the following selections prior to the start of the school year: "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Black Cat", and "The Cask of Amontillado".


It is essential that students annotate the book while reading:

Annotation Rubric/Model

On the first day of class:

  • Annotations will be collected
  • There will be a reading quiz

Writing Areas of Focus:

  1. topic sentences
  2. proper embedding



Incoming 11th Grade Honors Summer Reading


  • Each student is responsible for purchasing his/her books.

  • Students should make a copy of, print out and complete the study guide linked below while reading the novel.  This will be handed in on the first day of class.

  • Annotations are strongly encouraged, but are not required.

  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

Required Texts:

The Things They Carried: by Tim O’Brien

From Penguin.com: A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene.  The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O' Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. 

Taught everywhere - from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing - it have become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.  The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etanger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The Things They Carried Study Guide


AP Language & Composition Summer Reading

                 Welcome to  AP Language and Composition                   

Step 1: Join the Summer Reading Remind Group 

link REMIND LINK or text @aplacsum to the number 81010

(use the number (484) 390-5741 if 81010 does not work)

Required Texts

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

THE TASK: The Great Gatsby Assignment (Make a Copy)

SuggestionsWhile not required, I recommend taking notes on the significant occurrences, character developments, and any thoughts and emotions experienced while reading each chapter.  This can be done in a variety of ways.  Listed are a few that you may not know but are more than welcome to use and/or try. 

Resources for online notetaking:

The Anthropocene Reviewed- John Green’s site

The Anthropocene Reviewed on Amazon 

The Task:

Choose three essays on which to write a response.  You will write a total of three responses.  Each answer must be at least 250 words (about half of a page of writing).

 Your response should include, in paragraph form, the following ideas: 

  • A brief overview of what the essay is truly about and the rating Green gave to the subject. (1-3 sentences)

  • What specific elements of the text drew you to respond to the piece?

  • Craft a personal response by considering these ideas.

    • Did it change how you think or view a product, person, or idea?

    • What is a thought, idea, or perspective that you might not have considered if you hadn't encountered this essay?

    • Did the essay evoke an emotional response, and if so, what emotions, and why?

  • Do you agree or disagree with Green’s rating, and why?


English 11 Learning Support

For information regarding English 11 Learning Support summer reading requirements, please use the link below:

English 11 Learning Support Requirements