12th Grade

Incoming 12th Grade Academic Summer Reading


All incoming 12th Grade Academic English students must read:

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens, Third Edition: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job.

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.

READ PART ONE (PPS.3-42) ONLY.

The remainder of the job and career guide will be used throughout the course. This text is the district’s Summer Reading Requirement.

Expectations:

  • Each student is responsible for purchasing his/her books.
  • Read, annotate (see rubric below) and take notes on text prior to the first day of class.
  • Book and notes will be collected on the first day of class.
  • Prepare for a brief objective evaluation on the first day of class.

BEFORE reading the job and career guide, students should read the important information on the HOME page of this site regarding annotating.


Read and Annotate the text: Annotations will be checked and counted as a Formative grade on the first day of the course.

Complete a Formative Reading Quiz on the first day of the course.


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Incoming 12th Grade Honors Summer Reading

All incoming 12th grade students must read Seamus Heaney's Beowulf

Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface. Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.

Expectations:

  • Each student is responsible for purchasing his/her books.
  • Read and Annotate the text
  • Books with annotations will be checked and counted as a Learning Activity grade on the first day of class.
  • Complete a Formative (Learning Activity) reading quiz at the beginning of the course.
  • After a classroom discussion on the novel, students will develop a summative (Achievement Assessment) essay discussing the epic's literary devices and meanings (themes).

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AP English Literature & Composition Summer Reading

An Advanced Placement English course in Literature and Composition should engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.Through the close reading of selected texts, students should deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone." (The College Board 39)

The following texts are expected to be READ and ANNOTATED by the start of the school year in August. (Annotations will be CHECKED and you will be tested on each work at the BEGINNING of the year! PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION ON THE HOME PAGE, ESPECIALLY THE ANNOTATIONS RUBRIC !) This course is taught with collegiate demands and expectations, so please prepare yourself accordingly. For additional information on course readings, see the attached file below titled "AP English Literature and Composition: Literary Works".

Demian By: Hermann Hesse

First published in 1919 under the pseudonyn Emil Sinclair, Demian follows the life of a troubled German youth as he navigates the duality of a world filled with illusions and spiritual truth. When Sinclair first meets childhood classmate Max Demian, his eyes are opened to the contradictions of his existing Christian knowledge. As Sinclair continues to question his worldview, the two friends are separated and reunited throughout their lives, with each encounter being a vantage for Sinclair to reconcile a world at discord. He ascends on his path to freedom and a realization of self as the friendship evolves in surprising and explosive ways.

Heart of Darkness By: Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness (1899) is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow's experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is "a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land". In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society and the attitudes on colonialism and racism that were part and parcel of European imperialism. Originally published as a three-part serial story, in Blackwood's Magazine, the novella Heart of Darkness has been variously published and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as the sixty-seventh of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

Life of Pi By: Yann Martel

After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years

Sula By:Toni Morrison (This novel may contain material deemed objectionable by some.)


Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal—or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.