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Ninth Grade Summer Reading


Incoming Honors Freshmen who are taking Language Arts 1 HONORS will be expected to be able to read text that is considered challenging for ninth graders. Freshmen will read three core works during the school year, books that all freshmen read, discuss, and analyze in discussions and writing. Also, freshmen will be expected to read several different pieces of literature during the school year, called Outside Reading, books that they choose to read independently and will analyze closely in written analysis in preparation for the AP Literature test they are expected to take as seniors.

The SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT is found on the accompanying link page. However, there are two ways to fulfill the SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT, so we want to be sure to list them here:

1) Attend the ERHS AP/HONORS SUMMER INSTITUTE where the summer reading will be included. The institute will be held at ERHS from June 4th-7th, 2018. If you are not signed up for the Summer Institute, you will need to complete the summer reading. To attend the Summer Institute, go to

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2) Read Of Mice and Men and complete the Summer Reading Assignment.


*There is a nonfiction piece from the NY Times. Please click here if you were unable to locate the piece online.

Many times parents and students ask what else they can do to prepare for Language Arts 1 Honors. The following list of books is only suggested further reading for this summer, BEYOND THE REQUIRED SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT. Students will be better prepared to read and analyze literature when school starts in August if they have taken the time to read. We have included a list of the core works that all students will read during their freshman school year. We have also included a list of titles that will give students a greater background in reading challenging, nuanced text that will help prepare them for both AP Language and AP Literature courses in their junior and senior school years.

9th Grade Core Works:

Romeo and Juliet

Lord of the Flies

To Kill a Mockingbird

William Shakespeare

William Golding

Harper Lee

9th Grade Summer Reading:

Joy Luck Club

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Pride and Prejudice

Great Expectations

Of Mice and Men

Animal Farm


Gulliver's Travels

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

A Separate Peace

Black Boy

Fahrenheit 451

Amy Tan

Mark Twain

Jane Austin

Charles Dickens

John Steinbeck

George Orwell

George Orwell

Jonathan Swift

Kim Edwards

John Knowles

Richard Wright

Ray Bradbury

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