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

By: Edgar Allen Poe

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.
  • Read, annotate (refer to rubric) and take notes on BOTH texts prior to the first day of class.
  • Books and notes will be collected on the first day of class.
  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

Required Texts:

Catcher in the Rye: By J.D. Salinger

From Penguin.com: Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.

Into the Wild: by Jon Krakauer

From Amazon.com: In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.


AP Language & Composition Summer Reading

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

THE SCARLET LETTER is an 1850 work of fiction in a historical setting, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and is considered to be his best work. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby brilliantly captures the disillusion of a society obsessed with wealth and status. Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby appears to have it all, yet he yearns for the one thing that will always be out of his reach, the absence of which renders his life of glittering parties and bright young things ultimately hollow. Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream is often cited as the Great American Novel. (taken from Penguin Publishing)


English 11 Learning Support

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English 11 Learning Support Requirements