Summer Reading 2016

Wow, did this year go by fast — it’s already time to think about summer reading!

I will be in Mrs. Siley’s and Mr. D’s classes next week to pass out copies of the assignments for students taking English IV, Honors English II, and AP Literature & Composition next year. If you’d like a sneak peak, however, you can click on the “Summer/Independent Reading” Tab in the top right corner of this website. Please note that there is also a list of suggested summer reading for those students who enrolled in Journalism for next year.

Film Study Quiz Study Resources for English 4

All four of the presentations we used in class this week are now available on Schoology for you to review if you’d like. Tomorrow’s quiz is worth 50 points.

Honors English II Independent Reading Assignment

Over the next several weeks, you will read one of the following novels or plays on your own. Each of these pieces of literature has appeared numerous times on essay question three of the AP Literature & Composition test, and will therefore help you prepare for success on the test.

Please investigate your choices and make a decision by April 27. I recommend going to or to read reviews of the books. You will need to bring your book with you to class daily beginning April 28; you will need to finish reading your book by May 19th. Once you have finished reading, you will complete a note card and a writing assignment.


  • Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (NOT The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells!)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni
  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Isben
  • Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

State Test Prep Resources

Freshmen and sophomores, here are links to the tutorials and practice tests we went over in our test prep sessions. Feel free to review them as many times as necessary to make yourself feel comfortable for your test on Thursday or Friday!

Tutorial #1: Sign in and Navigation

Tutorial #2: Testing Tools

Practice Test

AP Lit Independent Reading

Next month you will be embarking on an independent reading journey. In order for you to have plenty of time to investigate the possibilities and make an informed choice, I am posting your list now. You are welcome to consult this master list of works that have appeared on the AP test in past years and select anything on it (preferably something that has been on the test within the past decade), or if you find that overwhelming simply choose one from this short list of my personal recommendations:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • *Merchant of Venice or *King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  • The Blind Assassin or Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • *A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • *The Glass Menagerie or *A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • To the Lighthouse  or Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Kite Runner  or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

* denotes the work is a play

Please have your choice made AND a copy of it in hand by March 1st. You may wish to purchase your own copy so you can underline and annotate as you read. You need to have read the book, written a reflection (details forthcoming), and completed a note card for it by April 3.

November Assignment Schedules

Here are your assignment schedules for the month:

AP Lit Assignment Schedule – November 2015

English 4 Assignment Schedule – November 2015

Honors English 2 Assignment schedule – November 2015


Tuesday, October 20th is the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). It is a day to celebrate the many ways we use writing to live more fully and think more freely. If you would like to earn some bonus points, follow these directions:

  • Think honestly and seriously about why you write – and I don’t mean just for school! Do you write poetry or song lyrics? Make lists? Write to communicate with others? Think about the underlying reasons that motivate you to write.
  • Come up with a statement in 140 characters or less that sums it up. Your tweet can be serious, poetic, mysterious, funny, informative, or creative in any way you’d like. The only two restrictions are:
    • it must be school-appropriate, and
    • it may not be along the lines of “because I have to” or “to pass English class.”
  • Tweet your statement @Ms_Neville , and use the hashtag #WhyIWrite. You will earn up to five bonus points for doing this.
  • You may do this TWICE (a different tweet each time, of course) for up to 10 bonus points.
  • THIS IS DUE BY 11:59 PM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th. No exceptions.

If you are not a Twitter user, that’s fine – you are not excluded from this opportunity. Simply write or type your statement and turn it in to me via email ( or a hard copy.

Have fun!