2012 Summer Reading List
The following books are for all students. Please find your grade for assigned reading. Except for The
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens and the National Honor Society Required Reading—The Greatest
Salesman in the World by Og Mandino, students are required to compete the assignment for each
book. The assignment follows this list.
7th Grade The Pigman by Paul Zindel ($7.47)
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Steven Covey ($17.11)
8th Grade To Kill a Mockingbird ($8.54)
9th Grade Read both—Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse ($7.47)
Swallowing Stones by Joyce McDonald ($7.47)
Must buy for class: Who Was William Shakespeare? By Celeste Mannis ($5.33)
10th Grade English--Choose one—Rebecca by du Maurier ($8.54)
And Then There Were None (novel, not drama)—Christie ($7.47)
11th Grade—Choose one—The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ($14.96)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ($17.12)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut ($8.54)
11th Grade AP U.S. History—Get a copy of AMSCO’s Unites States History: Preparing for the Advanced
Placement Examination. Read the first 8 chapters and do all multiple choice questions at the end of
each chapter. This book can be ordered at
Also, read the first ten chapters of Five Steps to a Five in AP US History. ($14.18)
12th Grade— English--Choose one—The Poisonwood Bible—Kingsolver ($16.03)
Girl with Pearl Earring—Tracy Chevalier ($16.05)
12th Grade—AP English—Read ALL—The Stranger by Camus ($13.85)
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald ($16.05)
The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver ($16.03)
Poems—“My Last Duchess” by Browning
“Ode on a Grecian Urn” by Keats
(Please see attached list for AP assignments for this reading.)
12th Grade—U. S. Government—Read the U. S. Constitution and answer the attached questions. Read
the Bill of Rights, and summarize each Bill of Rights.
Summer Reading Story Map
Record the title of the novel you are mapping. Then complete the following story map, using information from the story. The
first page is a general overview, and in the following pages you will give detailed information about your novel.
Book Title:___________________________ Author:____________________
Point of view:
Main events of the plot:
Conflict(s) faced by the character(s):
Resolution of the conflict:
Theme(s) of novel:
Setting: Putting Us There
Setting is the time and place in which the events of the story take place.
1. What is the setting’s historical period? Country or locale? Season of the year?
Sights? Sounds? Smells? What other details establish a sense of place?
2. Does this novel take place over a short period of time or over many years? Give
3. Are the characters in conflict with the setting? What do the characters want?
Does the setting keep them from getting it?
4. What does the setting tell us about the characters? What feelings or attitudes do
the characters reveal toward the setting? Fear? Pleasure? Challenge? Dislike?
5. How would you describe the atmosphere or mood created by the setting? Is it
gloomy? Cheerful? Mysterious? Threatening? Other?
Characters: The Actors in a Story
1. Who is the protagonist (main character)?_____________________________
2. Who or what is the antagonist (the force that acts against the protagonist)?
Types of Characters Examples from the Novel
ROUND characters are complex and
multidimensional, like real people.
FLAT characters are one dimensional and
stereotypical; they can be described in a single
DYNAMIC characters change in an important
way because of the story’s action.
STATIC characters do not change much or at
all during a story.
Motivation of Round Characters Examples from the Novel
MOTIVATION is the underlying force(s) that
causes a character to act a certain way.
DISCUSSION: Summarize the single change which occurs to the protagonist during the
course of this novel, taking care to specify whether this change is mainly one of fortune,
moral character, or knowledge.
Plot: The Events That Move the Story Along
Parts of the Plot Answers from your Novel
EXPOSITION: What do we know about the
situation of the protagonist before the story
begins or at the beginning of the story?
RISING ACTION: What event (or series of
events which begins to involve the protagonist in
the conflict? Describe the conflict. Is it
external (the protagonist against another
character or force) or internal (the protagonist
against himself, as in an emotional struggle)?
CLIMAX: What are the major events that
intensify the characters’ involvement in the
conflict? What is the turning point of the novel?
What decision(s) is made by the main character?
FALLING ACTION: What are the
consequences of the climax?
RESOLUTION (or DENOUEMENT): How does
the book end? Are the conflicts solved? If so,
how? If not, why do you think the author chose
to leave the issues unresolved? How did the
protagonist change during the course of the
Evaluation: Give Your Opinions
1. Why do you think the author wrote this book?
2. If you could only save one character from the book in the event of a disaster,
which one would it be and why?
3. Is the title a good one or a poor one and why? What does the title mean?
4. Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?
5. What did you think was the most interesting part of the book? Why?