Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Incoming Honors Freshmen who are taking Language Arts 1 HONORS will be expected to be able to read text that is considered challenging for ninth graders. Freshmen will read three core works during the school year, books that all freshmen read, discuss, and analyze in discussions and writing. Also, freshmen will be expected to read several different pieces of literature during the school year, called Outside Reading, books that they choose to read independently and will analyze closely in written analysis in preparation for the AP Literature test they are expected to take as seniors.
The SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT is found on the accompanying link page. However, there are two ways to fulfill the SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT, so we want to be sure to list them here:
1) Attend the ERHS AP/HONORS SUMMER INSTITUTE where the summer reading will be included. The institute will be held at ERHS from June 3-6, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are not signed up for the Summer Institute, you will need to complete the summer reading.
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2) Read Of Mice and Men and complete the Summer Reading Assignment (see accompanying link).
Many times parents and students ask what else they can do to prepare for Language Arts 1 Honors. The following list of books is only suggested further reading for this summer, BEYOND THE REQUIRED SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT. Students will be better prepared to read and analyze literature when school starts in August if they have taken the time to read. We have included a list of the core works that all students will read during their freshman school year. We have also included a list of titles that will give students a greater background in reading challenging, nuanced text that will help prepare them for both AP Language and AP Literature courses in their junior and senior school years.
9th Grade Core Works:
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Lord of the Flies William Golding
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
9th Grade Summer Reading:
Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austin
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
Animal Farm George Orwell
1984 George Orwell
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards
A Separate Peace John Knowles
Black Boy Richard Wright
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury