2017 Summer Reading
Students in grades 9 – 12 are responsible for the applicable reading assignment listed on this page.
Reading should be completed PRIOR TO the first day of school.
Within the first full week of school, teachers will ask students to complete an assignment/s about their summer reading. The assignment(s) will have at least one WRITING component. The grade earned for summer reading will be averaged into the first marking period grade.
- English Language Learners (ELL)
- Class of 2021
- Class of 2020
- Class of 2019
- Class of 2018
- Suggestions For Summer Reading
- Extra Credit (All Grades)
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL) select according to the class for which you are REGISTERED.
GLS301 BEGINNER ELL ENGLISH: Read Tornado Survivor Called ‘The Luckiest Man on Earth’ and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the reading packet).
GLS311 INTERMEDIATE ELL ENGLISH: Read Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the packet).
GLS321 ADVANCED ELL ENGLISH: Read Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper and answer the questions in the study guide (students will receive a copy of the guide).
EEN402 and 404: Read TWO titles of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use this requirement as an opportunity to expand your background. See suggestions on back cover.
EEN485 (HONORS): Honors tenth grade students are required to purchase the book Four Great American Classics by Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students should read Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and annotate their copy as they read.The book will be used during the school year.
EEN702 and 704: Read TWO titles of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use this requirement as an opportunity to expand your background. See suggestions on back cover.
EEN785 (HONORS): Read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood AND ONE title of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use this requirement as an opportunity to expand your background. See suggestions on back cover.
EEN786 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Students must also read and annotate the these three articles(attached to letter).
EEN902 ENGLISH 4: The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees OR The Afterlife by Gary Soto.
EHC904 HUMAN CONCERNS IN LITERATURE: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
EMC904 MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
ESF904 SCIENCE FICTION: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke.
ECB904 CONTEMPORARY BESTSELLERS: Choose TWO of the following titles -
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Fiction)
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
At the End of the Road by Grant Jenkins (Fantasy)
The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz (Fiction)
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (Nonfiction)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Fantasy)
The Passage by Justin Cronin (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
The Martian by Andy Weir (Science Fiction)
American Sniper by Chris Kyle (Nonfiction)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Fiction)
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (Fiction)
A Darker Shade of Blue by John Harvey (Short Stories)
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (Fiction)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Fantasy)
Any Stephen King novel EXCEPT The Shining
EMW904 MODERN WRITERS: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.
EEN956 UCONN/AP ENGLISH LITERATURE: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy AND A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
Please Note: Students are generally not allowed to change senior elective courses once the school year begins. Students who change electives will have one week to meet the summer reading requirement in their new course.
Young Adult Library Services Organization (Download their YALSA Teen Book Finder App)
NFA Extra Credit is an opportunity for all NFA students (including entering 9th-graders) to read beyond the summer requirement as outlined in NFA’s Summer Reading List to earn extra credit in English classes.
For every book you read beyond the requirement outlined in NFA’s Summer Reading List, receive an extra credit coupon at any of the following libraries:
Canterbury Public Library
Janet Carlson Calvert Library
Preston Public Library
Salem Free Public Library
Sprague Public Library
NFA’s Edwin H. Land Library
Summer Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., M-F (June 27 – August 4, 2017),and 7 am. – 3 p.m., M-F, beginning August 21, 2017.
Follow these steps to earn Extra Credit:
- Go to a library listed above.
- Fill out a NFA Extra Credit certificate.
- Write a short book review (4-5 sentences) on the back of the NFA Extra Credit certificate and have it signed by a library staff member.
- Present the certificate(s) to your English teacher upon returning to school in the fall.