T.C. Roberson English Department

Summer Reading 2016-2017

The following works have been selected as this year’s summer reading selections.  The English teachers at Roberson realize and appreciate that students read for understanding in a variety of ways.  For some students, they may opt to annotate (highlight key items and/or write notes in the margin of their texts) as they read; others may wish to take detailed reading notes, while still others may benefit from employing graphic organizers or dual entry journals to assist them in their recall of what they have read. 

As you read this year’s summer reading selections, we encourage you to use reading strategies that help you recall the key elements of the literary works, such as the characters, what happens in the work, the work’s message about living life, the time and place where the work occurs, and who is telling the story. During the opening weeks of each English course, your teachers will have several instructional activities and/or assessments to evaluate your reading of the assigned summer works.  Consequently, you may wish to develop notes or annotations that you can review shortly before the course begins to allow you to recall the details of the reading selections. However, no written work or projects are required of you over the summer.

The listed selections are available at local bookstores and libraries.  In addition, the school has a few of these selections available for student check out, so you may wish to check with an English teacher before school closes for the summer.

If you have questions, please e-mail Joi Keen at  Happy reading!   We look forward to seeing you in the fall.

An Important Note:

  • AP and Honors level classes have REQUIRED reading selection(s). During the opening weeks of the English course, teachers will have several instructional activities and/or assessments to evaluate your reading of the assigned summer works.
  • Standard level classes have one SUGGESTED reading selection.  The suggested selection is a novel that will be covered during the semester the student has English.  Reading the suggested title will help the student to have a “leg up” during their English class.  Also, students who choose to read the novel will be able to earn extra credit at the start of the course by adequately completing an assignment.

9th Grade:

English I Suggested Reading:           

            Lee, Harper.  To Kill a Mockingbird.

English I Honors Required Reading:

Kidd, Sue Monk.   The Secret Life of Bees.

            Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

10th Grade:

English II Suggested Reading:

Wiesel, Elie.  Night.

English II Honors Required Reading:

Beah, Ishmael.  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Wiesel, Elie.  Night.

11th Grade:

English III Suggested Reading:

            Steinbeck, John.  Of Mice and Men.

English III Honors Required Reading:

            Douglass, Fredrick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby.


English III Advancement Placement (AP Language) Required Reading:

Corrigan, Maureen.  So We Read On.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby.


12th Grade:

English IV Suggested Reading:

            Huxley, Aldous.  Brave New World.

English IV Honors Required Reading:

            Shelley, Mary.  Frankenstein.


English IV Advanced Placement (AP Literature) Required Reading:

            Collins, Billy.  Aimless Love.

            Kingsolver, Barbara.  The Poisonwood Bible.

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