Junior Summer Reading List

Dear Incoming Junior:


Listed below are the titles for your required summer reading assignment, which is a mix of literature, non-fiction and short story.   Choose one text in each category (total of 3.)  Upon your return to school in September, your teacher will require you to complete an assignment based on your reading and to write an argumentative essay, which will count for part of your first marking period grade.  Instructions for completing a DEJ as you read, are listed on the flip side of this list.  Teachers will work with you in September to use your textual evidence and write a highly effective essay.  The full texts may be borrowed from the public library, purchased at your local bookstore, or on the Internet.  The shorter pieces can be found as a pdf file with a link on our Library Web page.  You must read all selections for the class you will enter in September.  Extra credit will be given to those students who show evidence of reading more than the required three titles. Challenge yourself!


All Juniors will take the PSAT exam in October, the SAT exam for college entrance, and the Common Core ELA Regents in January—the best way to prepare is to READ!

Grade 11—E5

Choose any 1 of the following Fictional titles:


                        Garcia                           How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

                          Guest                            Ordinary People

                          Haddon                        The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

                          Morrison                      The Bluest Eye

                          Smith                           A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Choose any 1 of the following Non-Fiction titles:


                                      Angelou                        I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

                                      Delany Sisters             Having our Say

                                         Ellis                            Founding Brothers

                                         Gillon                        Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America


                                                            Choose any 1 of the following PDFs

                          Hurston                      “How It Feels to be Colored Me”  (PDF)


                         Douglass                      “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”  (PDF)



We look forward to seeing you in September.  Have a wonderful summer.





                                                                                                                        Virginia Izzo

                                                                                                                        Assistant Principal

                                                                                                                        English Department  


"Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled,

"This could change your life.""~Helen Exley