Every student in grades 6-8 will choose one of the following novels to read over the summer break and also complete the “How to Read a Novel” graphic organizer. Copies are available in the front office and a printable digital copy can be found on the VMHS website. In addition, each student will be responsible for a teacher created assessment upon the start of the school year.
Students in grades 9-12 (Pre-AP and AP English classes have separate reading assignments and lists) will choose one of the following novels to read over the summer break and also complete a “Major Works Data Page.” Copies are available in the front office and a printable digital copy can be found on the VMHS website, and each student will be responsible for a teacher created assessment upon the start of the school year.
9 - 12 Grade - Major Work Data Sheet
All AP and Pre-AP students are responsible for reading all required novels and completing annotations using the annotation sheet—available in the front office and digitally on the VMHS website—as well as any specific assignments from each class’s teacher(s).
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Anthem by Ayn Rand
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Night by Ellie Wiesel
How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas Foster
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
* Some copies of novels can be obtained for check-out from the VMHS English Department. Copies are limited and will be checked-out for the assignment’s duration on a first come first serve basis. Upon signing, students are financially responsible for the welfare and maintenance of the books assigned to him or her until the book is returned to the teacher.
* Please see your current and/or future English teacher for any questions not answered here as there will be no excuses for not completing the assignments once school starts in August.