Freshmen Summer Reading

Freshmen Summer Reading
Posted on 05/22/2017
Summer Reading is mandatory for all incoming freshmen. It will be due the first full week of school for all students, regardless of English schedule.

"This richly textured novel, woven from the strands of small-town life, lets readers walk in the shoes of one fully realized character after another."

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. 
For your summer reading project, you will be reading Harper Lee’s novel,  To Kill A Mockingbird. This novel is considered to be an American classic. Your task this summer is to have an open mind about learning and, of course, read the novel. While reading, annotate and summarize each chapter.  You should annotate your text as you go; this will ensure that you will be prepared to discuss what you have read. Highlight your text and summarize important plot points, major characters, and important quotes in your reading log. Your reading log/summaries  must be hand-written and should include key developments and plot advancement. Be sure to label summaries clearly by chapter. All summaries should be written in complete sentences and in paragraph format. All students should be prepared to turn in reading logs/summaries the first week of school. We will review the novel, complete group activities, create a written response,  and test over the novel during the semester the student is enrolled in English 9. The chapter summaries will assist you in being more prepared for the designated assignments upon return. They will be helpful to reference during the review and activities. Let the fun begin...

You are only reading, annotating,  and completing a reading log/summaries over the summer. Please email us at or if you have any questions.
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