Summer Reading 2016-2017



ENGLISH 3P HONORS Summer Reading 2016-2017


1.) To prepare students to explore themes that will be relevant to class.

2.) To assess and evaluate students mastery level in academic reading/ writing

3.) To encourage independent learning and critical thinking.

DIRECTIONS: Summer reading is a great place to expose students to diverse canonical and contemporary writers who are not in the pacing guide. Below is the required reading and a menu of novels you can choose from to read during Summer. Use the essential questions and terms listed to annotate reading and prepare for a Timed Write essay that will be written the first week of school.

First, sign up for the 2016-2017 English 3P Honors Summer Reading Google Classroom. The class code is vahkcn. There you will find PDF’s of the required reading. In addition to these texts, make a selection from the menu of books provided below.


“Letter from an American Farmer: Letter III: What is an American?” by Hector St. John De Crevecoer

American and Americans: Is the American Dream Even Real?” by John Steinbeck

“Let America be America Again” by Langston Hughes Let America Be America Again


In addition to the required reading select at least one book from the following list.  You will be using the text as the basis of a RESEARCH PAPER that will be written during the first quarter of the year.

The Sun Also Rises: Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Zora Neale Hurston

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven: Sherman Alexie

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents: Julia Alvarez

The Woman Warrior: Maxine Hong Kingston

The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

How to be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris


Use the following questions to guide your reading:

  1. What defines the idea of “America” as both a political and cultural concept?
  2. What are the qualities and characteristics of an “American Identity”? How has it changed over time?
  3. How do American authors use stylistic and rhetorical devices to achieve purpose and convey ideas about “American Identity”?


theme, plot, characterization, character traits and motivation, conflict, figurative language, symbolism, tone, mood, diction, trope, connotation, denotation, archetype, point of view, claim ethos, pathos, logos, American Dream, democracy, conformity, individuality, freedom, justice, identity


Looking forward to a great 2016-2017!