Summer Reading



ENGLISH 3P HONORS Summer Reading


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  English 3P Honors Summer Reading Google Classroom. The class code is ______. 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

The Crucible a play by Arthur Miller


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 school year!