English 9

English 9 -
Summer Reading Titles and Assignment

Welcome to the 9th Grade 2020-2021 Summer Reading Program.

STEP 1: Choose a book from the titles offered. Peruse the lists and select a book you wish to read.

English 9 Summer Reading Book Choices 2020

*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, books that include content that some may find sensitive to young adults are marked as mature content.  Your child may switch books at any time if he or she becomes uncomfortable with the material.


Step 2:

Click on the Plan For Your Reading to learn about multiple ways to schedule your reading so that you can complete it prior to the start of school!

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 elements of narrative writing.


Highlight the text and label the ideas below in the margins or in a notebook or on notecards if reading from an eBook.  Here is a sample book page with annotations that we would expect from students.


  • Main character’s personality traits
  • Setting
  • Conflict
  • Key events in the plot



  • Passages with dialogue
  • Action verbs used to show the reader what a character is doing (NOT is, are, was, were, be, being)
  • Paragraphs full of imagery and description
  • Examples of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification)

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 Mrs. Vickrey at nvickrey@sacs.k12.in.us  if you have any questions.