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SHS English Department AP and Pre-AP Summer Reading Program 2019–2020

Sylacauga High School English Department
Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement Summer Reading Program
2019 – 2020 School Year

As students grow and mature, they need to practice their reading and writing skills. While early readers are developing reading skills that are basic fundamentals, high school students need selections that stimulate their imaginations, improve their thinking skills, and enhance their vocabulary development in preparation for post-secondary education or a career. With this in mind, students in AP and Pre-AP English courses at Sylacauga High School will be required to participate in a summer reading program.


It is recommended that students purchase their summer reading books. The B.B. Comer Memorial Public Library and the Sylacauga High School Media Center may have copies available to students. Teachers often have a few copies for students to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis as well. Students should check with the appropriate teacher for dates and times to check them out. Students need to keep in mind that availability of novels may be limited and is not an excuse for failing to complete summer reading requirements.

Pre-AP and AP students should be sure the books that they purchase or borrow are unabridged editions. Also, remember that videos and other supplements such as Cliff’s Notes and Spark Notes cannot replace reading the novel.


Along with the reading assignments for individual classes below, each teacher has provided contact information for parents or students who might have questions about the assignments for a particular class. Additionally, if the language and/or content of any of the novels is found offensive by the student or parent/guardian, the parent should contact the teacher of the class or

Julia Salter, English Department chair.  We look forward to a successful year in the AP/Pre-AP English program in the upcoming year!


AP Literature and Composition (12)  J. Salter


  1. Select one dystopian novel from the  Summer Reading List on Google Classroom. Assessments: Group Activities, Essay, Test on the novel and key literary terms

  2. Select a book from the Summer Reading List on Google Classroom. Assessments: Short Writing Activities, Research Essay

    Google Classroom: p99yo8u


AP Language and Composition (11)  R. Miller


  1. Read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Assessments: Quizzes (2 – 50 points each), Test (100 points), Literary/Rhetorical Analysis Essay – (100 points)                                                                                                              


  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    Assessments: Quizzes (2 – 50 points each), Test (100 points), Literary/Rhetorical Analysis Essay (100 points)


Honors English 10  R. Miller


  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    Assessments: Test, Nonfiction readings/research, Writing assignment


Honors English 9  R. Brewer


Choose ONE the following two novels:

  1. Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas