11th Grade

Incoming 11th Grade Academic Summer Reading


Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's 1937 novella tells the story of two migrant workers, George and Lennie, who move from place to place looking for work in order to survive The Great Depression. The tale uses the friendship between the two and their struggles in order to highlight dignity, loneliness, the nature of dreams, and what stands between us and our own ambitions.

It is essential that students annotate the book while reading.

On the first day of class:

  • Annotations will be collected
  • There will be a reading quiz
Later in the year we will explore the book a second time looking for new ideas, close reading the text, and examining the writing style of Steinbeck. There will be a writing assessment that goes along with the unit in class.

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

We will read the following texts in class next year. The district will provide copies for you. Rather than borrow, some students purchase their own books to more easily annotate. THIS IS OPTIONAL AND VOLUNTARY: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Students will annotate while they are reading. The annotations will be collected on the first day of class. An objective test will be given on the first day of class.

The Scarlet Letter

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reading the opening section, "The Custom House", is optional. (I'd skip it and start with Chapter One "The Prison Door" -- V. Leskusky)

Of Mice and Men

By: John Steinbeck

Thank You for Arguing (Third Editon)

By: Jay Heinrichs