English 9

English 9 -
Summer Reading Titles and Assignment

Welcome to the 9th Grade 2019-2020 Summer Reading Program.

 Prior to Reading: 

1.    Look through the website at all of the links for book titles and descriptions that interest you. The links will provide further information about the book and/or author, book trailers, or other interesting information about the book. The internet is also another great source for you to use to research more information about a potential title *Mature Content Statement:

Please talk with your child about what he or she plans to read.  We are sensitive to appropriate reading material, but also recognize that what is appropriate varies widely by family.  Most are concerned only that their children be able to find something motivating to read and have no restrictions on what they allow.  Others have objections to the horror genre, for instance.

We ask that if you have concerns about what your child reads, please stay aware of his or her summer reading book and assist in gauging the content and maturity level you would like to maintain with your child. While all the books on the list are deemed to have strong literary merit and are valuable additions to Homestead’s curriculum, some books are marked as mature content because they contain material which might be perceived as sensitive. Your child may switch books during the summer at any time if they become uncomfortable with the material, as long as they complete one book upon their return to school.

Plan for your reading. Click on the link below to learn about multiple ways to schedule your reading so that you can complete it prior to the start of school!

Summer Reading Plan

 During Reading: 

Through the use of annotations (highlighting the text and making comments in the margin of the book or post-it notes), please focus your reading on the main character (or the person in the non-fiction text).

What to write notes in the margins about:

  • Your character’s personality traits
  • Your character’s reasons for taking an action or saying something
  • Your character’s feelings
  • Your character’s reaction to conflicts
  • Memorable passages that you can connect to within the text, personal experiences, or other texts that you have read

Here is a sample book page with annotations that we would expect from students.

Your work in English 9A during the first two weeks of school will be based on this book and the annotations you made this summer.  You will need them for your first paper and all the corresponding activities.

Please contact the head of the Homestead High School English Department, Nicole Vickrey, at nvickrey@sacs.k12.in.us if you have any questions.

Summer Reading Titles by Genre: