2018 Summer Reading for Language Arts: Bloomington High School South
Please note: students should have books available to them for classroom use, either on paper or electronically, when school starts.
9HD – Read ONE
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford or The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
10HD – Read ONE
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri (contains adult content)
AP Literature and Composition-- (12th grade)
Students should read AT LEAST one of the paired sets of novels below (that is, a minimum of two novels). Students are encouraged to read more than one pairing.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
The Quiet American--Graham Greene
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Pride and Prejudice -- Jane AustenACP W131 –Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesAP English Language and Composition-- (11th grade)
Students enrolling in AP Language and Composition are expected to read ONE NONFICTION BOOK from authors on the list below. Any book chosen must be at least 200 pages long and not have been adapted as a film. If you would like suggestions about which authors to choose, please see the Goodreads website or this list 50 Great Nonfiction Books. You can also consult AP teachers Erin Crowley, Kathleen Mills, Kyla Tosti, or Susie Shelton.
Students will take an assessment on their summer reading. Teachers may assign personal writing, an oral presentation, an analytical paper, or some other way in which students will be held accountable for the reading and note-taking they completed over the summer. It is not necessary to take notes on separate paper, but marking items of note in the book, either written in or on sticky notes, is a good idea.
William F. Buckley
M. F. K. Fisher
Jonathan Safran Foer
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Stephen Jay GouldDavid Grann
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lewis LaphamBarry Lopez
N. Scott Momaday
George Orwell (not Animal Farm)
Scott Russell Sanders
Leslie Marmom Silko
Henry David Thoreau
Terry Tempest Williams