Summer Reading 2017

Below are the summer reading assignments for the English department. Please talk with your future English teacher if you have any questions about any assignments.

9th Grade Summer Reading

9th Grade English I Summer Reading List Linda Hawks

  • OF MICE AND MEN (Steinbeck) ISBN 978-0-14-017739-8 (CP & Honors)
  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Twain) – Honors only – ISBN 0-553-21079-3

Assignments will begin the first day of class, Monday, August 7.

10th Grade Summer Reading

10th Grade American Literature Summer Reading Assignments

All students entering their sophomore year (10th grade) at the University School of Jackson must read two of the short stories by Edgar Allan Poe listed below. All of the short stories can be found in Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems, in the form of “pdf” files online, or on the website While reading the short stories students must take note of ten quotes from each that are examples of a literary term. The literary terms and their definitions can be found on the website The total of twenty quotes (ten quotes per short story) and their corresponding literary term must be hand written and turned in on the first full day of class (8/7/17) for a test grade. Students will also take reading check quizzes over the short stories within the first week of school. Honors students must do the aforementioned assignments in addition to reading the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. While reading the novel students must take note of twenty quotes that are examples of a literary term. The same website should be utilized for the literary terms and definitions. The twenty quotes must be hand written and turned in upon the first full day of class (8/7/17) for a test grade. Honors students will also take a reading check quiz over the novel within the first week of school.

List of Short Stories

  • “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • “The Black Cat”
  • “The Gold Bug”
  • “The Cask of Amontillado”
  • “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  • “The Masque of the Red Death”


  1. Personification
    "At the door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie's diningroom windows. As if to confirm what we saw, the town siren wailed up the scale of a treble pitch and remained there, screaming."
  2. Imagery
    “It was Sunday afternoon. The resting horses nibbled the remaining wisps of hay, and they stamped their feet and they bit the wood of the mangers and rattled the halter chains. The afternoon sun sliced through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the hay. There was the buzz of flies in the air, the lazy afternoon humming."

11th Grade Summer Reading

2017-2018 English 11 Summer Reading
Whitney Meriwether

  1. READ:
    Choose one of the three following texts:
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Also read The Scarlet Letter
  2. ANNOTATE: as you read each text, look for: • Significant quotes and events • Repeated subjects, symbols, and themes • Relationships between the book you chose and TSL • Evidence that will support the appropriate writing prompt for your texts (below) • DO NOT just highlight and underline. Note impressions and ideas in the margins (or on post it notes if you prefer).
  3. WRITE: The first week of school, you will write an in-­‐class essay on one of the following topics, depending on the two books you read. Once you have chosen your books, be sure to annotate as you read with your essay prompt in mind.
    Prompt 1: How do personal ethics impact other people? (Henrietta Lacks and The Scarlet Letter)
    Prompt 2: Examine the psychological relationship between good and evil in Devil in the White City and The Scarlet Letter. How are Holmes and Chillingworth able to exert such power over their victims?
    Prompt 3: Examine the role of religion in The Scarlet Letter and In Cold Blood. How does each author present alternative moral codes along with strict religious beliefs?
  4. TEST: You will take a comprehensive test over The Scarlet Letter on the second day of school. Come prepared.

Have a great summer! If you have questions, please email me:

11th Grade AP Language

2017-2018 AP Language and Composition Summer Reading and Work
Whitney Meriwether

  1. READ: Choose two of the three following texts:
    • Hillbilly Elegyby J.D. Vance
    • Angela’s Ashesby Frank McCourt
    • The Glass Castleby Jeannette Walls
  2. ANNOTATE: As you read each text, look for:
    • Significant quotes and events
    • Repeated subjects, symbols, and themes
    • Relationships between the books you chose
    • Connections and evidence that will support the essay prompt of your choice (below)
    DO NOT just highlight and underline. Note impressions and ideas in the marginsas you read.
  3. WRITE: A typed essay, in MLA format, on one of the following prompts. This is due the first day of school. You must use ample evidence from each of your texts to support your thesis.
    Prompt 1: What is the relationship between parenting and a child’s success or failure?
    Prompt 2: What effect does environment have on one’s mindset and one’s path in life?
    Prompt 3: What is the relationship between one’s upbringing and one’s definition of the American dream?
  4. DEFINE: the following terms, by hand, on notebook paper. Typed terms will not be accepted. These terms are due the first day of school.
    • Abstract language, alliteration, allusion, analogy, apostrophe (NOT the punctuation), assumption, circumlocution, concrete language, connotation, diction, direct address, epithet, ethos, irony, juxtaposition, logos, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox, parallelism, pathos, persona, personification, red herring, rhetorical question, simile, tone, understatement
  5. TEST: You will take a comprehensive test over your two choice novels on the second day of school. Come prepared.

Have a wonderful summer! If you have questions, please email me:

12th Grade Summer Reading

12th Grade English IV (World Literature)
Summer Assignment (2017-2018)

Part I: Read or reread the 2 books you have chosen to use as your primary sources for your novel study. (You will need hard copies of the books for this assignment and for the writing of your novel study.) As you read, highlight quotes/passages that pertain to your topic of study. This assignment is very important to you; you will use these quotes/passages as you write your paper next year.
Part II: For each book, write a citation (MLA) followed by a minimum of 25 of the highlighted quotes/passages with the page number(s) on which each is found. You will turn in 2 documents, each with a citation and at least 25 quotes with page numbers and each MLA formatted.
Part III: Turn in a hard copy of this assignment at the beginning of class on 7 August 2016. Twenty points will be deducted for each day that the document is not turned in after August 7. If you will be returning to school after the due date, email the document to me before or on the due date.

I hope you have a great summer. If you have questions with regard to the assignment or your book title selections for the topic you have chosen, please contact me at

12th Grade AP Literature

12th Grade AP Literature (2017-2018): Summer Assignment

  1. The following summer reading assignment is designed to prepare you for the writing you will be required to do as you begin your thesis in August. First, read How To Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas Foster, highlighting any information that could potentially apply to your topic idea. Then spend some time browsing through potential primaries that apply to your topic idea. Begin with a long list, and use schmoop, grade saver, and other informal sources of information. Books you may not have read but will read next year should be included in your search and are as follows: Siddhartha, Othello, Heart of Darkness, The Stranger, Native Son, Death of a Salesman, Grendel, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Things They Carried, The Road, Wuthering Heights, and Wit. Once you have selected 4-6 that should support your topic, read or reread each, specifically looking for character traits, conflicts, symbols, etc. that you may need in order to develop your topic.
  2. After reading through your initial primary list of books, narrow your topic to a titled format (For example: The Need For Redemption).
  3. On August 7 (the first day of class), be prepared to turn in your specific topic and an initial primary list, detailing why each primary choice is significant to your plan for development.
  4. During the first week of class, you will also be turning in a complete outline that should include specifics noted in your primary sources. If you have not read, researched, and annotated your potential primaries at that point, you will have difficulty organizing and developing your thesis, at least for most of the first semester.
  5. I hope you have a great summer. If you have questions or want to discuss your topic, you can email me at or call me at 731-267- 6343.

Rising Eighth Grade

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery

Rising Seventh Grade

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Honors Only Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

Rising Sixth Grade

  • The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Rising Fifth Grade

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Rising Fourth Grade

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Rising Third Grade

  • Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure by Jeff Brown

Rising Second grade

Second graders are to read these books before school begins and bring them to class on the first day of school.

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Cubs through First Grade do not have books they must read over the summer. Instead, you'll find some suggested titles to share with your child. The books can be read independently or together. Please encourage your child to read on a regular basis over the summer. If your child is not yet reading, take time to read with your child on a regular basis. The most important part of summer reading is to share books and time with your child.

First Grade

Listed below are suggested books to share with your child over the summer.

  • Any Clifford book by Norman Bridwell
  • Any Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant
  • Any Nate the Great books by Marjorie Weiman Sharmat
  • Any Amelia Bedelia books By Peggy and Books from the Herman Parish
  • Biscuit collection


Listed below are some suggested types of books to share with your child this summer.

  • Picture Books by authors such as Aliki, Jan Brett, Marc Brown, Tomie DePaola, Kevin Henkes, Syd Hoff, Steven Kellogg, David Kirk, Leo Lionni, Bill Martin, Jr., Laura Numeroff, Dr. Seuss, Rosemary Wells, and Audrey Wood.
  • Fairy and Folk Tales
  • Poetry
  • Biographies and Non-Fiction
  • A great book for all parents: The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease

Junior Kindergarten

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  • A Color of My Own and Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series) by Laura Numeroff
  • Poetry and Nursery Rhymes (Mother Goose, Poems by Shel Silverstein)
  • Classic Books (The Kissing Hand, The Little Engine That Could, The Little Red Hen, etc.)
  • Traditional Fairy Tales (The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, etc.)

Cubs and Junior Cubs

Please read to your child on a regular basis to help him or her become comfortable around books and to help your child develop his or her vocabulary. Young children love the sounds of rhythms and rhymes. Also, read to them books that interest them along with alphabet and number books. Combine all these with engaging illustrations and your child will enjoy hearing and seeing these books again and again!

Here are some suggestions:

  • The Frog Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky
  • My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Any books by Eric Carl