Summer Reading and Assignments

English Classes & Summer Reading

  • English I (all levels) – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  • English II Honors – A Streetcar Named Desire,
    Tennessee Williams
  • English II – Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
  • English III – Check school email for Schoology link to assorted stories and essays
  • English IV – Check school email for Schoology link toassorted stories and essays
  • African American Literature Honors – Our Nig, Harriet E. Wilson
  • Hispanic Literature Honors – Growing up Chicana/o, Tiffany Ana Lopez
  • Women’s Literature – One Hundred Demons, Lynda Barry
  • Creative Writing II Honors – Black Boy, Richard Wright
  • Writing About Film: Summer Viewing – see The Shining and Fruitvale Station
  • Newspaper: Summer Viewing – see All the President’s Men and Good Night, and Good Luck
  • AP Language – My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
  • Honors Thesis – Read two books, one from each list:
    • Nonfiction: A Whole New Mind, Whistling Vivaldi, Stumbling on Happiness, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life
    • Narrative: The God of Small Things, Never Let Me Go, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Color Purple, A Walk in the Woods,
    • Waiting for Snow in Havana

AP Literature –

  • Plays(read both):
    • Fences, August Wilson 
    • Machinal, Sophie Treadwell (acquire a copy from Mr. Madison before the summer)
  • Novels (pick one and please be sure to pick a title you have not already read):
    • Emma, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    • Americanah
    • Catch-22
    • Never Let Me Go
    • Wuthering Heights
    • Reservation Blues
    • The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
    • Great Expectations
    • Brave New World
    • The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Sula
    • Dreaming in Cuban
    • The Sellout
    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    • A Visit from the Goon Squad
    • Jane Eyre
    • We Need New Names
    • Passing


AP Biology:

Need help getting books?

Any student with a financial need may borrow any books needed for class from the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) in Room 130. Contact with any questions. The SAF will re-open in August. Most of the Literature books for summer are available at the Tattered Cover which gives a 10% discount to East students.