Welcome to the Secondary Summer Reading webpage designed to provide you the information you need to prepare for the upcoming school year. The faculty in our English Department have been working to continually improve our outcomes and the following reading and writing assignments are part of that goal.

“As our English Department continues to strive to prepare students in a rigorous manner and maximize our in-class instruction time, we have made a move to mirror the expectations of other top-performing private high school English programs. While we have always had summer reading, this year we have required students to create a writing product as a diagnostic for our students’ writing. As the English Department seeks to produce the best readers and writers, we noticed that summer reading writing projects were taking up as many as two weeks out of instruction time. By streamlining our diagnostic time, we hope to maximize student growth through instructional time. We also believe that summer writing allows students more time to comprehend the text.

Due to the feedback received regarding the summer reading program has raised, all middle school and high school English teachers will extend the assignment due dates to Tuesday, September 4th. Activities in class using these materials will begin the first week of the school year focusing on the main points of the assignment. We hope that this extension in time will help all of our students to complete these assignments and will provide the teachers with much needed information about our students starting point for each class.”

Educating for Eternity,
Gloriann Curley, Courtney Ramos, Rebecca Huff, Carolyn Kedney
PCA Secondary English Department

7th Grade

    Required reading: Fish in a Tree
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

8th Grade

    Required reading: Around the World in 80 Days
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

9th Grade

    Required reading: To Kill a Mockingbird
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

10th Grade

    Required reading: Fahrenheit 451
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

AP Language and Composition

    Required reading: Left to Tell
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

AP Literature and Composition

    Required reading: The Wide Sargasso, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, 2nd edition
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

Senior Language and Composition

    Required reading: How to Read Literature Like a Professor
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.

British Literature

    Required reading: The Hobbit
    To download and print the assignment information, please click HERE.