Department Resources: English

Summer 2017 Reading Program

SFP English Department Summer Reading Program 2017

The English Department is pleased to announce that the following texts will be required for students entering the  Senior AP course, the Junior AP course, and the Sophomore Honors course aspreparation for the beginning of the academic year in September 2017.Students are responsible to read the required text and prepare for discussion; however, the English department asks parents to monitor reading progress during the summer.During the first week of classes,  students will be given an examination on the required books.

Seniors: Advanced Placement English in Literature and Composition

No Country for Old Man            Cormac McCarthy

English 11: Advanced Placement English in Language and Composition

A Raisin in the Sun           Lorraine Hansberry

English 10: Sophomore Honors

The Book Thief          Markus Zusak

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The English Department strongly suggests that all students read the following works, which will prepare them for the study of literature in the school year they are starting in September.

Seniors

Call It Sleep  Henry Roth               Growing Up  Russell Baker            The Grapes of Wrath  John Steinbeck

Also, students should engage in other summer activities, such as daily reading of newspapers and magazines, reviewing SAT material, and making college visits.  Seniors should also prepare their personal essays for their college applications, especially for the “Common Application.”

Juniors

The Assistant         Bernard Malamud                              The Adventures of Tom Sawyer   Mark Twain

Down These Mean Streets    Piri Thomas                        Uncle Tom’s Cabin     Harriet Beecher Stowe

Also, students should engage in other summer activities, such as daily reading of newspapers and magazines, reviewing PSAT and SAT material, and exploring the diverse cultural events in the New York metropolitan area.

Sophomores

The Great Santini   Pat Conroy       David Copperfield  Charles Dickens    The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck

Also, students should engage in other summer activities, such as daily reading of newspapers and magazines, reviewing PSAT material, keeping a summer journal, and exploring the diverse cultural events in the New York metropolitan area.

Incoming Freshmen

Wait Till Next Year        Doris Kearns Goodwin                 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn  Betty Smith

Also, students should engage in other summer activities, such as daily reading of newspapers and magazines, keeping a summer journal, and exploring the diverse cultural events in the New York metropolitan area.