Gainesville High School Summer Reading 2009

Summer Reading is changing for next year, so please take the time to read this information carefully. If you need help with the analysis of the reading and the selection of the main components, contact This information can also be found on the Gainesville High School web page.


Students in a CP English Class

Students are encouraged to read a book of their own choosing this summer.  The student should write a letter to his or her teacher telling them about the book that was read.  This should not be a summary but should include the student’s thoughts about the book as well as any questions that he or she may have concerning the reading.  This will count for an extra daily grade and is due the first day of class – No Exceptions.


Students in an Honors English Class

Students will be assigned 1 or 2 books to read (depending on the level of the requirement) over the summer.  Each student planning to take an English honors course must sign that he or she understands the requirements.  With the book, students will need to take notes as they are reading.  They may take the notes in the book or on a separate piece of paper.  Students may find some literary terms listed on the back of this page that will help direct them through their annotations. 


At some point during the first five days of English class, students will be writing a paper using their book and their notes.  This paper will be graded for content only, but the teacher must be able to tell from the paper that the student has completely read the book.  Students will be asked to incorporate quotes from the book to support the paper. Students will also be asked to turn in their notes to the teacher.  This paper will follow a standard writing rubric and will count for one test grade. The notes will be graded based on quality and completeness and will count as one daily grade. If you have questions or need help, you may e-mail the teacher listed with the appropriate grade level.


Honors English 1

Read the book To Kill a Mockingbird and take notes over plot and character development.


Honors English 2

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Read the book Night and take notes over the symbolism of the word night and the conflict development in the book. 


Honors English 3

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Read the books The Color of Water and The Grapes of Wrath and take notes over the style, allusion, and political and religious conflicts in the book.


Honors English 4

Read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (all).  Keep a quote catalogue of your reading.  Write down the most important passages for every 20 pages of reading.  For each quotation, write a 2-3 sentence explanation of the quote.  Why is that passage important thematically, symbolically, or stylistically?  Also, Read Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Chapters 1, 10, 11, 12, 19, 20). 



I, ____________________________________________, plan to take English ______ next year and have received the summer reading assignment form.





Students in an Advanced Placement Class


Students need to meet with their individual teachers.


 AP Language and Composition:

AP Literature and Composition:

AP Chemistry:

AP Government:

AP US History:

AP European History and AP World History:

AP Calculus:

AP Statistics:


Honors English Notes Help:


Plot-series of related events that make up a story or drama                  

          Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution


Character Development- Determine what motivates the person in the novel. Is the character round or flat? Dynamic or static?

·        A round character, like a real person, has many different character traits, which sometimes contradict one another.

·        A flat character has only one or two traits, and these can be described in a few words. Such a character has no depth, like a piece of cardboard.

·        A dynamic character is one who changes as a result of the story’s events.

·        A static character is one who does not change much in the course of a story.


Symbol- Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well.


Conflict- Struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing characters or opposing forces.


Style-The particular way in which a writer uses language. Style is created through diction (word choice), use of figurative language, and sentence patterns.


Allusion- Reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science, or pop culture.