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2020 Summer Reading

Moody High School Summer 2020-2021 Reading Selections


All English classes will require summer reading. All standard English classes grades 9-12 will complete an assignment or test during the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. These tests will have questions which target the main ideas, themes, and characters of the novel. Summer reading lists can be found on the school’s website, every English teacher’s website, the library’s website, and in the school office beginning in May. NOTE: All new students who register in the summer or at the start of school will be tested on their summer reading book on a later date as worked out with the teacher.


All students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), will be provided an alternate book based on his/her documented reading level. 

Be aware that some books may confront controversial issues, explore adult situations, and contain strong language. As you read you may want to take notes, outline chapters, and do whatever works best for you to ensure you retain the material.


General English Reading Requirements:

All students taking general English courses in the fall should choose one book from the appropriate grade level list.


9th Grade General English                                                       10th Grade General English

     And Then There Were None-Agatha Christie                               The Selection-Kiera Cass

     Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury                                                      Monster-Walter Dean Myers                                     

11th Grade General English                                                      12th Grade General English

     ANY Book of Choice (on appropriate Lexile)                             ANY Book of Choice (on appropriate Lexile)


*All standard classes will take a general assessment that will be approximately 10% (or less) of their 1st 9 weeks average.


Honors and Advanced Placement Reading Requirements:


Honors English 9  -  PreAP English 9

Read one book from 9th Grade General English list and also read The Pearl – John Steinbeck

Also complete the assignment listed on MHS website.


Honors English 10 - Honors 10

Read Of Mice and Men –John Steinbeck

Also complete the assignment listed on the MHS website.


Advanced Placement English Language 11 - AP Language

Summer assignment is due the first day you are scheduled to be present in class. After that, a standard reading assessment will be given within the first two weeks of the beginning of school. 

Read The Grapes of Wrath –John Steinbeck

And complete assignment listed on the MHS website.


Advanced Placement English Literature 12 - AP English 12

Students will read two novels over the summer and complete the accompanying assignment for each novel. The summer reading assignment is due on the first day of school, with a 10 pt. penalty for each day work is submitted late, up to four days.  Reading check tests will be administered the first week of return to school.  

All students must read King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Students must select and read one of the following novels:

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (contains mature language and themes)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini (contains mature themes)

1984 by George Orwell

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini (contains mature themes)


The accompanying assignment can be found on the MHS website but will include a critical essay component.