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Summer Reading Assignments 2021

Due August 23rd (A day) and August 24th (B day) 

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Below is the summer reading information for all class levels. After you locate your class level assignment attached to the readings, please review them carefully. If you have any questions, you should contact your next year’s English teacher before school ends. Rising seniors: be aware you have been assigned a college essay to write as well.

Turnitin information will be given to you in your English classes once school begins. Your summer papers for all class levels will be due soon after we return to school, at the beginning of the second week.   August 23rd (A day) and August 24th (B day) 

Class of 2025: English I: Instructor, Miss Bobby, abobby@beaumontschool.org

All incoming freshmen must read:

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    Recommended Edition: ISBN-13: 978-014200174

  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
    Recommended Edition: ISBN-13 : 978-1328742117

    In addition, Honors incoming freshmen must also read:

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    Recommended Edition: ISBN-13: 978-0380730407

Freshman Summer Reading Assignments


Class of 2024: American Literature
Instructor: Honors - Mrs. Bihuniak, wbihuniak@beaumontschool.org
College Prep - Mrs. Vitatoe: cvitatoe@beaumontschool.org

All rising sophomores must read:

  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
    Recommended edition: ISBN: 978-0-8129-9297-7

In addition, college prep rising sophomores must also read:

  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorrain Hansberry
    Recommended edition: ISBN: 978-0-679-75533-3

In addition, honors rising sophomores must also read:

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Recommended edition: ISBN: 978-0-8479-1330-9
    and
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Recommended edition: ISBN: 978-0-8379-0903-2

Download College Prep American Lit Reading Assignments

Download Honors American Literature Reading Assignments


Class of 2023: World Literature

All rising juniors must read:

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseni
    Recommended Edition: ISBN: 978-1594631931


In addition, all IB Literature Students must also read:

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Recommended Edition: IBSN: 978-1657671928

    *and*
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Recommended Edition-ISBN: 978-0553211405

Download Summer 2021 Reading Assignment Guidelines


Class of 2022: British Literature, IB Literature, HL-2
Instructor: Mrs. Bernardo, kbernardo@beaumontschool.org

All rising seniors taking British Literature must read:

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Recommended edition:   ISBN#978-0-385-7217

 In addition, students must read and watch a film adaptation of one of the following: 

           Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

           Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

           Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

           Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

           (No specific edition or adaptation is recommended for these works.)

All rising seniors taking IB Literature HL year 2 must read:

Prose Non-Fiction:

  • A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
    Recommended edition ISBN: 978-1-61427-993-8
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
    Recommended edition: ISBN-10 : 9780062301673

Prose Fiction:

  •  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Recommended edition: ISBN #: 978-0-385-49081-8

In addition to your summer reading assignments, you are required to write ONE COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY (250 word minimum length; maximum length of 650 words) to help you begin the application process.

Download British Literature Summer Reading Assignments

Download IB Literature, Year 2 Summer Reading Assignments

Download Summer Senior Writing Assignments