Summer Reading for 2018

Summer Reading for 20182018-06-27T09:06:44+00:00

Voluntary Summer Reading

The English Department at Clearwater Central Catholic High School strongly recommends that all students participate in a summer reading program. Reading during the summer has the following benefits:

  • Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich found that successful reading experiences can have a cascading effect on the mind that can benefit readers, regardless of innate ability.  [1] In other words, students who commit to literacy will improve, regardless of natural talent.
  • Cunningham and Stanovich also found that an increased volume in reading was an important factor in building language and vocabulary skills. These skills are vital for SAT, college, and professional readiness.
  • Two researchers at the University of Florida, A. McGill-Franzen and R. Allington, determined that student who read over the summer can maintain their reading skills at a level achieved in the preceding school year.[2]

“…we should provide all children, regardless of their achievement levels, with as many reading experiences as possible. Indeed, this becomes doubly imperative for precisely those children whose verbal abilities are most in need of bolstering, for it is the very act of reading that can build these capabilities…we often despair of changing our students’ abilities, but there is one partially malleable habit that will itself develop abilities – reading!” (Cunningham and Stanovich)

In order to satisfy the summer reading recommendation, we encourage students to participate in the “Reading with the Rays” Pinellas County library program. You can access information by clicking on the link below. We recommend that college preparatory (CP) students read at least 900 pages over the summer while Honors, AP, and IB students should read a minimum of 1,200 pages. Novel choices are on the next page and include Lexile (text complexity) scores, as well as the objective (in parentheses) for each year. Students may also read other texts, but they should choose novels with objectives in mind.

[1] Cunningham, A. E., & Stanovich K. E. (1998). “What Reading Does for the Mind.” American Educator/American Federation of Teachers. Spring/Summer, 1-8.

[2] McGill-Franzen, A., & Allington R. (2003 May/June) “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap.” Instructor, 112 no. 8.

Text Recommendations

A grade is not awarded for completing summer reading.  Participation in summer reading is voluntary but strongly recommended.  Discussion of summer reading experiences will be up to the individual teacher.

Incoming Freshmen (HighInterest / Comprehension)
Rocket BoysA Memoir by Homer H. Hickam (N/A)
Champion Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes by Bill Littlefield (N/A)
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (630L)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (600L)
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (590L)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (740L)

Rising Sophomores (High Interest / Comprehension)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1000L)
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (1000L)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (N/A)
Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan (1020L)
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter (890L)
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (740L)

Rising Juniors (Literary Analysis)
On Writing by Stephen King (N/A)
A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith (920L)
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (840L)
The Chosen by Chaim Potok (970L)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (990L)

IB (Literary Analysis)
On Writing by Stephen King (N/A)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1150L)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (990L)
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbary Kingsolver (960L)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1040L)

AP (Language Analysis)
On Writing by Stephen King (N/A)
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (850L)
Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (610L)
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1270L)
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (830L)

Rising Seniors
CP (Literary Analysis)
Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (980L)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1000L)
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot (990L)
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1070L)
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (1010L)

IB (Analysis of Works in Translation / Genre Studies)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (820L)
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (830L)
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Play) (N/A)
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (1010L)
The Metamorphoses by Franz Kafka (1340L)

AP (Literary Analysis)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (820L)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1040L)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1050L)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (870L)
1984 by George Orwell (950L)