WALTHAM HIGH SCHOOL
2012 Summer Reading entering Grade 11
Summer Reading lists posted @yourlibrary
As the end of the school year approaches and we begin to make plans for the summer, we want to take this time to talk about summer reading. Our goals for summer reading are to keep students engaged in reading during the summer and to have a shared experience from a common text for whole-school discussion upon returning to school in the fall. This year we are requiring that all students entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 be expected to read one book in common assigned to each grade level. Students enrolled in English Honors for next year will be required to read a second book from a choice list selected by English teachers. As always, all students are encouraged to read additional titles for extra credit from the list of choice books that we are providing. Please note that there are separate summer reading lists for students in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition.
We encourage students to take notes as they read so they can recall what they have read over the summer in September during class discussions. It is expected that all titles chosen are new for the reader; that is, they have not been read independently or as part of an in-school reading from previous grades. In order to complete the summer reading requirement, all students will be asked to write an in-class, on-demand essay during the first week of school. There will also be additional assessments for Honors students and for any student reading for extra credit.
Summer reading lists are available on the Waltham Public Schools website at www.city.waltham.ma.us/school/webpage under the link to Students and then Summer Reading.
As always, we encourage you to read along with your son or daughter and enjoy the selections on the list. For your convenience, most of the books may be purchased at the following bookstores, websites, or borrowed from the Waltham Public Library:
Barnes and Noble – 98 Middlesex Parkway (Rte 95), Burlington 781-273-3871
New England Mobile Book Fair – 82 Needham Avenue, Newton 617-527-5817
We hope you have a restful and enjoyable summer.
Waltham High School English Department
Kendall Boninti, Waltham High School Library Teacher