Summer Reading 2019

Here's some specific summer reading information in preparation for the 2019-2020 school year at Joseph Case High School.

Dear Case Students and Families,

Reading is an important part of a student’s experience in high school, as in life, and we hope that each student will become a life‐long reader. Summer is a time for recreational reading, for exploring new books, and for reading those books a student never had time for during the busy school year.

Summer reading is also an important sustaining element in all of the Core Values of Joseph Case

High School:


Authentic learning opportunities

Shared responsibility in academic excellence and integrity

Engagement of students as active learners

Higher order thinking skills

Strong 21st century knowledge base

All students are expected to at least two summer reading titles by the time they return to school in the fall, including the required novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

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All high school faculty have agreed to read this selection as the springboard to our seventh annual fall interdisciplinary day. This year's choice was the result of a collaboration between an ad hoc group of Swansea school administrators, teachers and families.

Summer reading choices for Grade 9 students include:

  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell **
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Timebound by Rissa Walker

All students who are choosing to participate in Grade 9 Honors should read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Summer reading choices for Grade 10 students include:

  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls **
  • I am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

All students who are choosing to participate in Grade 10 Honors should read Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas.

Summer reading choices for Grade 11 students include:

  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut **
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote **
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green **
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson **

Summer reading choices for Grade 12 students include:

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Classic choice)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow **

Students are strongly encouraged to annotate the texts while reading to maximize opportunities for success. Students may annotate the text by writing in the margins or using sticky notes. For incoming freshmen, to annotate a text involves writing down questions you may have about the text, taking notes that contains your original analysis of the text and/or marks important points, highlighting/defining words that you do not understand.

As always, plagiarism or cheating are strictly forbidden. Students need to read the text and demonstrate their original understanding and analysis of it through formal and informal assessments in the fall. Any students caught using SparkNotes, Cliff Notes, Shmoop, etc. will receive disciplinary action. This is an opportunity for students to engage with a text and develop their independence as readers.

Advanced Placement

AP Language's Google Classroom Code: ns9cif

Students should access the Language and Style packet, which must be completed and handed in by the school-wide reading book and AP Language Student Choice (Select one) :

Educated by Tara Westover (memoir)

Stiff or Gulp by Mary Roach (nonfiction)

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (nonfiction)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (classic British fiction)

AP Literature Google Classroom Code: owu15wx

All AP English Literature and Composition students should use the Google Classroom to stay up to date over the summer. There is one required reading title:

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger **

Plus all of the following short stories:

● “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

● “Hills like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway

● “Departures” by Nahid Rachlin

● “And of Clay We Are Created” by Isabelle Allende

● “The Eve of the Spirit Festival” by Lan Samantha Chang

● “I Am the Grass” by Daly Walker

● “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara

● “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

● “Carnal Knowledge” by T. Coraghessan Boyle

● “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe

AP Lit and Comp students should purchase titles to annotate directly on the texts.

AP CAPSTONE Google Classroom Code: nki570k

**Starred selections contain mature content and language. Should students or their families have specific questions regarding the content of reading selections, they should contact the English Department Head at

Please have a safe and enjoyable summer,

The English Department Faculty