English & Reading Summer Assignments

English and Reading Summer Assignments for the 2020-2021 School Year


All students entering grades 7-12 have a summer reading assignment. In addition to the readings, all students will complete the accompanying assignment(s) as required for their specific grade/course and level. The required book titles and assignments are specified in this guide. Click on the hyperlinked assignment for detailed directions.

For free choice assignments (only for students entering grades 7-9), students should choose an appropriate piece of literature, either fiction or non-fiction, that they have not read before in class or for pleasure for the student choice summer reading selection. The book should be selected based on personal interest, parent recommendation, and reading ability.

The following is a list of books that are part of the NPSD English curriculum (grades 7-9) and should not be read as a part of your summer reading assignment. View list of books not eligible for summer reading assignment.

Questions?

Contact Rachel Earley, NPSD Curriculum Supervisor by email at earleyrr@npenn.org.

Parents/Guardians

Feel free to review these summer reading selections prior to purchasing or reading them. If you have an objection to the reading selection, feel free to contact the NPSD Curriculum Supervisor listed above and receive an alternative choice. If your child is enrolled in Strategic Literacy Explorations (formerly Read 180), please see the second section below.



Students Entering Middle School

Please find the grade level that you will be entering for the upcoming school year and corresponding assignment below. Assignments are the same for all class levels per grade.

Grade 7: View Free Choice Selection Assignment
Grade 8: View Free Choice Selection Assignment
Grade 9: View Free Choice Selection Assignment



Students Entering Grade 10

Please find your English class level for the upcoming school year and corresponding book and assignment below.  All teachers will assess your understanding of the assigned text within the opening weeks of the school year.

Grade 10, Level 4.0

Book(s):

  • The Secret Life of Bees

Assignment(s):

 

Grade 10, Level 5.0

Book(s):

  • The Secret Life of Bees

Assignment(s):

 

Grade 10, Level 6.0

Book(s):

  • Life of Pi

Assignment(s):

 

Grade 10, Level Gifted

Book(s):

  • Things Fall Apart
  • Life of Pi

Assignment(s):

 


 

Students Entering Grade 11

Please find your English class level for the upcoming school year and corresponding book and assignment below.  All teachers will assess your understanding of the assigned text within the opening weeks of the school year.

Grade 11, Level 4.0

Book(s):

  • Of Mice and Men

Assignment(s):
View grade 11, level 4.0 assignment for Of Mice and Men

Grade 11, Level 5.0

Book(s):

  • Of Mice and Men

Assignment(s):

View grade 11, level 5.0 assignment for Of Mice and Men 

 

Grade 11, Level 6.0

Book(s):

  • A Separate Peace

Assignment(s):
View grade 11, level 6.0 assignment for A Separate Peace

 

 

Grade 11, Level Advanced Placement (AP)

Book(s):

  • Outliers
  • The Metamorphosis & A Long Day's Journey into the Night

Assignment(s):

 


 

Students Entering Grade 12

Please find your English class level for the upcoming school year and corresponding book and assignment below. All teachers will assess your understanding of the assigned text within the opening weeks of the school year.

Grade 12, Level 4.0

Book Options (Choose one):

  • The Hobbit
    or
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Assignment (Choose one):

 

Grade 12, Level 5.0

Book Options (Choose one):

  • The Hobbit
    or
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Assignment (Choose one):

 

Grade 12, Level 6.0

Book(s):

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • 1984

Assignment(s):

 

Grade 12, Level Advanced Placement (AP)

Book(s):

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Frankenstein
  • Beowulf

Assignment(s):

 


 

Strategic Literacy Explorations Reading Assignments by Grade (Formerly Read 180)


Entering Grade 7

View Free Choice Assignment

Entering Grade 8

View Free Choice Assignment

Entering Grade 9

View Free Choice Assignment

Strategic Literacy Explorations A

Book: The Secret Life of Bees
View assignment for Strategic Literacy Explorations A

Strategic Literacy Explorations B

Book: Of Mice and Men
View assignment for Strategic Literacy Explorations B

Strategic Literacy Explorations C

Book: Hamlet
View assignment for Strategic Literacy Explorations C