English Department: Summer Reading Program
The primary purpose of Holy Name High School’s Summer Reading Program is to lead students to an appreciation of good literature and let them discover that reading is enjoyable. Other benefits include a development of reading comprehension skills, a building of vocabulary, a better understanding of interactions between people, and a broadening of knowledge about various cultures represented in the books read.
During the first week of school in August, English teachers will give objective tests on each of the books that you read. Also, each English class will begin the school year with a discussion of the required book. Following class discussions, each student will write an essay about the required book(s).
Summer reading will count for 20% of the first quarter grade.
Reading lists for the 2017-2018 School Year, as well as the assignments accompanying the summer reading program, are now available. The documents below indicate the appropriate grade level reading lists and assignments. Please keep in mind that students should be reading/completing assignments that correspond to their 2017-2018 course level.
2017 Senior Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Reading List
2017 Senior Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Reading Assignment Part I
2017 Senior Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Reading Assignment Part II
2017 Senior Summer Reading List
2017 Junior College Credit Plus (CCP) Summer Reading List
2017 Junior College Credit Plus (CCP) Summer Reading Assignment
2017 Junior Summer Reading List
2017 Honors Sophomore Summer Reading List
2017 Honors Sophomore Summer Reading Assignment
2017 Sophomore Summer Reading List
2017 Honors Freshman and Freshman Summer Reading List
All students can benefit from taking notes on each of the books they read over the summer. To help students with their summer reading note-taking, a list of questions is available for reference.