English Honors & AP Students: Enjoy Your Summer and Get Lost in a Good Book!

  • To prepare you for experiences in the upper-level course you have elected to take, this summer you will do some reading. But here’s the great news: your ONLY assignment (for now) is to read!

    Assignment #1:

    In September 2022 acclaimed author, Barbara Kingsolver, will be the Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence. In anticipation of this visit, all SMHS incoming English Honors and AP students will be reading a Kingsolver text this summer or during the first weeks of school this fall for a school-wide collaborative author study on Ms. Kingsolver.

    Assignment #2:

    In addition to Kingsolver, upper-level English classes may be asked to read one or two additional texts. See your individual course summer reading description below for complete description of summer reading and/or tasks.

How Do I Obtain My Summer Reading Assignments?

  • You are highly encouraged to purchase your own texts for summer reading so that you can highlight and annotate your texts as you read. If you are unable to obtain the summer reading texts on your own, see your 2022-2023 English teacher to check out a school copy for the summer that must be returned in the fall. Notes and annotations cannot be made directly in school issued texts.

English 9/10 Honors Summer Reading Assignment

    • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

English 11/12 Honors Summer Reading Assignment

    • Educated by Tara Westover

    As you read, please make note of chapters that particularly stand out to you. You will be choosing one to use for a project when school starts.

    We strongly recommend that you purchase your own copy. The school does have a limited amount, but not enough for all 11 Honors and 12 Honors. We have included a link to order the novel on Amazon below.

AP Language & Composition Summer Reading Assignment

  • Assignment #1: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

    Assignment #2: Choose ONE book by ANY of the following authors:

    ● Crystal Wilkinson

    ● bell hooks

    ● Frank X Walker

    ● Neema Avashia

    ● Crystal Good

    ● Carter Sickels

    ● Silas House

    ● Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

    ● David Joy

    ● Robert Gipe

    ● Natalie Sypolt

    ● Lee Smith

    ● Ann Pancake

    ● Wiley Cash

AP Literature & Composition Summer Reading Assignment

  • Assignment #1: Homecoming: and Other Stories by Barbara Kingsolver

    Assignment #2: Choose ONE book from any of the following

    ● 1984, George Orwell

    ● All the Light we Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

    ● Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

    ● Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

    ● Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

    ● The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood**

    ● Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov**

    ● The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

    ● The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards

    ● Their Eyes were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston**

    **Contains mature content

    ***Contains explicit language

When are My Assignments Due?

  • The due date for all Summer Reading is September 6, 2022. Assessments, classroom activities, and discussions of these readings will begin the week of September 6-9.