2013-14 Language Arts Summer Reading Lists -- 10th grade
Monday, May 20, 2013
Tenth Grade Honors American Literature/Composition

Summer Reading List (for Sophomores)                                                                D. Reynolds

CHS Language Arts Honors Program       

Tenth Grade Honors American Literature/Composition



Since you are scheduled to take Honors American Literature next school term, you need to read at least 500 pages (ONE – TWO books) this summer prior to the onset of the class.


1.      Choose from the list below as directed. You MUST read at least ONE book from the first list (or you may choose two from these). You can only choose ONE from the “Second” list. You will complete a separate project on this reading during the first TEN days of school.

2.      As you read, keep a dated reading response journal that reflects your thoughts, feeling, and/or personal experiences with the reading material. DO NOT SIMPLY RETELL THE PLOT. DUE DATE: approximately TEN days after class begins.

3.      This journal should include at least SIX one-paragraph entries at least one-half page in length per book. (Not required but if typed, DS, twelve-point font)

BOOK (1st Choice)


Angelou, Maya

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Bunyon, John

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Cather, Willa

My Antonia

Chopin, Kate

The Awakening

Cooper, James Fenimore

The Last of the Mohicans


Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage

Dana, Richard Henry

Two Years Before the Mast

Dreiser, Theodore

An American Tragedy,

Sister Carrie

Ellison, Ralph

The Invisible Man

Faulkner, William

Light in August

As I Lay Dying

Absalom, Absalom

The Sound and the Fury

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Tender is the Night

The Great Gatsby (not this time-Mrs. R)

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

House of the Seven Gables

Heller, Joseph


Hemingway, Ernest

The Sun Also Rises

A Farewell to Arms

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Knowles, John

A Separate Peace

Lewis, Sinclair


London, Jack

Call of the Wild

Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

Billy Budd

Sinclair, Upton

The Jungle

Steinbeck, John

Grapes of Wrath

Pastures of Heaven

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Twain, Mark


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Pudd’nhead Wilson

Wharton, Edith

Ethan Frome

Second Book Choices (Both books CANNOT come from this list.)

Agee, James

A Death in the Family

Baldwin, James

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Butler, Octavia

Parable of the Sower

Dorris, Michael

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Frazier, Charles

Cold Mountain

Gaines, Ernest

A Gathering of Old Men

Grisham, John

The Testament

Lowry, Lois

The Giver

Gathering Blue

Momaday, N. Scott

House Made of Dawn

Morrison, Toni

The Bluest Eye

Myers, Walter Dean

Fallen Angels


Naylor, Gloria

Mama Day

O’Connor, Flannery

Wise Blood

Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

Power, Susan

The Grass Dancer

Shaara, Michael

The Killer Angels

Salinger, J. D.

Catcher in the Rye

Silko, Leslie Marmon


Styron, William

Sophie’s Choice

Tevis, Walter


Vonnegut, Kurt

Slaughterhouse Five

Walker, Alice

The Color Purple

Warren, Robert Penn

All the King’s Men

Wright, Richard

Native Son


Criteria for Journal Entries:

  1. Specify title of work (only first entry) date, pages, chapter(s), or section of the book.
  2. Identify present theme or concept.
    • State your position on this theme/concept.
    • Relate this new theme/concept to your acquired knowledge (what you already know).
    • Specify your thoughts, feelings, or personal experiences at this point.*
  3. Question what you are experiencing in the reading material (anything that sparks your curiosity—author and his or her characters’ motives, dialogue, and reactions).
  4. Specify any new or unfamiliar vocabulary term (not necessary for every entry).
  5. Make/discuss predictions.

NOTE: Remember, I am especially looking for YOU* in these entries. I DO NOT want a recount of the events of the plot.


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