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

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

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.

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.

Thank You for Arguing (Third Edition) by Jay Heinreichs

Whether you're an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a drink, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening, it not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis when you hear it, but also how to wield the weapons of persuasion the next time you really, really, want to get your own way.