2018 HS Required Summer Reading | Northland Christian School

You are here

2018 HS Required Summer Reading


Why Summer Reading?


Goals: 
One of the goals of summer independent reading at Northland Christian School is to create for students an opportunity to make reading a rich, positive, and enjoyable experience. To achieve this goal, students must first get into – or not fall away from – the habit of reading. We believe students should be encouraged to follow the interests and passions they have developed over the course of their lives. In addition, they should be encouraged to read widely, both to explore new territory and to encounter minds and worlds they might not otherwise have sought out on their own. 

Research Findings: Stephen Krashen (2004) reviews research on reading going back over 100 years. He reports that in study after study the research is consistent on one thing: when students are engaged in free voluntary reading—that is, when they have choice over the material they select—the benefits are profound. He concludes that such students will “acquire a large vocabulary, develop the ability to understand and use complex grammatical constructions, develop a good writing style, and become good (but not necessarily perfect) spellers.” 

Benefits: In addition, “their reading comprehension will improve, and they will find difficult, academic ­style texts more comprehensible. Their writing style will improve, and they will be better able to write prose in a style that is acceptable to schools, business, and the scientific community” (Krashen, The Power of Reading, Greenwood Publishing). Perhaps most importantly, these benefits accrue to students no matter what reading material they select. The significant variable is their development of the habit of reading – it becomes a natural rather than an alien activity for them to pick up and read a book, magazine, or journal. If this habit develops, there is a far greater likelihood that students will associate reading with pleasure rather simply with academic obligation. 

To develop the habit of reading, and keeping in mind Krashen’s injunction that “reading about things that matter to us is the cause of literature language development,” all students in the middle and high school are expected to read a minimum of three hours per week – approximately 30 to 40 minutes per day. We encourage students to widen the range of their reading to include, for example, biography, short stories, nature writing, history, or poetry. 


High School Directions

Students will read the assigned book(s) for their grade level and complete the summer reading guide for each book. Completed assignments should be brought back the first week of school in August.

Summer reading guide (PDF)


All incoming 9th graders must read:

  • The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

For Pre-AP English 9th grade (incoming freshmen who have signed up for the advanced class), choose ONE additional book to read:

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

All Incoming 10th graders must read:

  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

For Pre-AP English 10th grade (Incoming sophomores who have signed up for the advanced class), choose ONE additional book to read:

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • I am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

For English III Academics (incoming 11th graders), choose ONE of the following books:

  • The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

Complete the given questions for your chosen book (in place of the summer reading guide).

Click below for the questions to The Outliers.
    The Outliers Summer Reading Guide (PDF)

Click below for the questions to Blink.
    Blink Summer Reading Guide (PDF)


For English III Honors (incoming 11th graders), choose ONE of the following books:

  • The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

Complete the given questions for your chosen book (in place of the summer reading guide).

Click below for the questions to The Outliers
    The Outliers Summer Reading Guide (PDF)

Click below for the questions to Blink.
    Blink Summer Reading Guide (PDF)


For English III AP Language and Composition (incoming 11th graders who have signed up for the AP course):

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Complete the given questions for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (in place of the summer reading guide).

Click below for the questions. 
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Summer Reading Guide (PDF)


For English IV Academic (incoming 12th graders):

  • 1984 by George Orwell

For English IV Honors (incoming 12th graders):

  • 1984 by George Orwell

For English IV AP Literature and Composition (incoming 12th graders who have signed up for the AP course):

Complete the summer reading guides for A Thousand Splendid Suns AND your choice novel. It would be helpful to annotate the quotes you choose for the guide in your book. We will be writing about your choice book in August and having a Socratic Seminar over A Thousand Splendid Suns. 

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini

Also, choose an additional novel from this list:

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Northland Christian School: Truth Forever • Victory Forever • Glorifying God Forever