Hello and happy summer to you! This letter is to inform you of the summer reading list and assignments for your English class. Please read over this with your parents and discuss your reading schedule over the summer. It would be best to have a reading schedule to keep you accountable for your summer reading.

Your assignments for these books are as follows: you must read one book from the appropriate list below, the honors book (if you are in honors English) and a choice book. After you have read these books you will do a physical project on one book and write a paper on the other book; it does not matter which book you do our project and paper on, but you must read two books and do a project on one and write a paper on the other.

For your paper, each section could be written as one or two paragraphs. Setting and Time may be combined in the same paragraph.

The Paper:

Format: Paper must be in standard MLA format and is required to be in skilled academic language.

The following information must be included in your written paper:

  • Exposition (Setting) – Where does the story take place? Is it a real place or imaginary? If the author does not state exactly where the story is set, what can you tell about it from the way it is described?
  • Time period – Is the story set in the past, present, or future? How does the time period affect the story? Could it have taken place in a different era and retained the same impact?
  • Main characters – Who is the story mostly about? Give a brief description of each.
  • Plot – What happens to the main characters? Be careful not to report every single thing that happens — BORING!! First, explain the situation of the main characters as the story begins and include the basic plot element. Often, this will be the conflict of the story. Are the main characters trying to overcome something, achieve something, etc.? Next, describe a few more of the important things that happen to the main characters on the journey to the goal. Finally, describe how the conflict is resolved.
  • Your opinion – Discuss the impression the book made upon you. Ask yourself what the author was trying to achieve and if he achieved it, in your opinion. What part did faith in God play in the book? (Even if He wasn’t mentioned). Use scripture to help support your opinion. How did you feel about the author’s style of writing, etc.? Be careful to maintain an academic point of view and avoid first and second person. Choose something that caught your attention, negatively or positively, and give your personal response.

THIS PAPER IS DUE THE FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!!!! (or emailed to me upon completion)

For your project, you must complete some type of visual and oral presentation to represent the book. The categories for the paper are the same categories to be included in your project. (i.e. exposition, time period, main characters, etc.) You may choose to decorate a shoebox, a poster, create a power point presentation, a diorama, a puppet show – whatever you wish to create. THIS PROJECT IS DUE TWO WEEKS AFTER SCHOOL BEGINS!!! We will set aside a class period to allow you to present your hard work to the class. This will be a test grade.

For those in Honors English, you must also read the honors' book. There will be a quiz on that book given after school begins, and I will give you a study guide on the first day of school so you can prepare for this quiz.

If you have any questions regarding the book list, assignments, or specifications for the project, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available by email (croyer@rmcacademy.org). Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you again in the fall!

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Cynthia Royer


9th Grade Reading List (download)

  • The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss
  • Emma, Jane Austen
  • King Solomon’s Mines, Sir H. Rider Haggard
  • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  • One choice book (your choice, must be over 150 pages)

10th Grade Reading List (download)

  • A Room with a View, E. M. Forster
  • War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  • The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
  • Persuasion, Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Honors Book: Best Short Stories, O. Henry. This volume contains sixteen stories and is available from Amazon.com.
  • One choice book (your choice, must be over 150 pages)

11th Grade Reading List (download)

  • Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen
  • The Glass Menagerie,Tennessee Williams
  • House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • Billy Budd, Sailor, Herman Melville
  • Honors Book:White Fang, Jack London
  • One Choice Book (your choice, must be over 150 pages)