S9GS Summer Reading Requirements

2018-2019

Students should be finished reading their books by the first day of school!

All Students

All students entering S9GS should read To Kill a Mockingbird prior to the first day of school. You will have multiple assessments on this book during the first few weeks of school.

***PreAP students have a second assignment listed further down this page.

Dear Students:

We will be there for you at the beginning of your English 9 career to help you refine your work. It is important. Be prepared to write about To Kill a Mockingbird during the first few days of class. Along with class discussion and various lessons, you will also have a quiz within the first week or two of school. You will also have a unit test that counts twice after we finish the To Kill a Mockingbird unit. Thanks! S9GS English Department

Project, Quiz, Essay, & Test

Students will complete a project, quiz, essay, and test on all of the summer reading material. All students will be working with To Kill a Mockingbird examining the literary elements, characterization, and writing techniques of the novel. It is important that students spend some time with novel and not consider watching the movie a replacement for reading.

PreAP English 9

Students taking PreAP English should also read one book from the list below. You will have multiple assessments on this choice during the first few weeks of school. All assignments for these books will be made by your teacher.

***Don't forget that you must also read To Kill a Mockingbird.

Summer Reading Assessments

Summer Reading Book Choices (CHOOSE ONE) for PreAP

Reading Levels/Content:

We've listed three reading levels for these books. The levels are based on the grade level and Lexile count listed on Scholastic's website and on the personal observations of the S9GS English department. Please understand that all of these novels are designed for 13+ years. The reading level may be easy, but the content may contain adult language or mature issues.


1. At or Above Grade Level Reading: Vocabulary and sentence length make these choices a bit more difficult.

2. Grade Level Reading: Vocabulary and sentence length are what is expected for 9th grade.

3. Easy Reading: Riveting stories, but the vocabulary and sentence length are much easier in these stories.

A Note to Parents:

Please review the book list with your children. You know them best, so help them decide which book will be the right fit for them. We've included links to reviews from Goodreads, but you may want to read reviews from other sources before you help your child finalize his or her decision.

Nonfiction

Award-Winning, Young Adult Fiction

S9GS English Department

Beth Knight, Department Chairperson

Kelly Mathheus

Christina McBeth

Savannah Parker

Trey Standeffer