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Summer Reading Assignments 2023

Due August 21 (A day) and August 22 (B day) 



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Summer Assignments

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. 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 21 (A day) and August 22 (B day) 
FRESHMAN CLASS DUE: August 28 and August 29

Class of 2027: English I: Instructor, Mr. Bernardo,'

All incoming freshmen must read: 

  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei : ISBN: 978160309450:
    A graphic novel from the perspective of the actor George Takei about growing up partially in the Japanese American Internment camps during WWII. If students are unfamiliar with graphic novels I highly recommend they read through this article  (

In addition, Honors English incoming freshmen must read

  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston. Recommended Edition: ISBN-13 : 978-1328742117
    A memoir from the perspective of Jeanne growing up in the same camps during WWII as a young child

English I/Honors English I Summer Reading Assignment

Class of 2026: American Literature
Instructor: Honors - Mrs. Bihuniak,
College Prep - Mrs. Vitatoe:

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 2025: World Literature
Instructor: Mrs. Morth,

All college prep rising juniors must read:

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

All IB Literature Students must read:

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    Recommended Edition: IBSN: 
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    Recommended Edition: ISBN: 978-0553211405

Download Summer Reading Assignment Guidelines

Class of 2024: British Literature, IB Literature, HL-2

Instructor: Mrs. Bernardo, 

All rising seniors taking British Literature must read:

  • Beowulf Graphic Novel by Gareth Hind (available from Beaumont English Department)

  • Grendel by John Gardner (ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679723110)

Download British Literature Summer Reading Assignment

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

  • The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
    Recommended edition: ISBN #: 978-1-60980-719-1

  • Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney (available from Beaumont English Department)

Download the IB Literature HL-2 Summer Reading Assignment.

ALL SENIORS: 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 Summer Senior Writing Assignment