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 two weeks of the new school year, English teachers will give objective tests on all of the assigned books. Following class discussion on the books, students will also be assigned an essay.

We require that you take notes on your summer reading books so that you will remember what you have read. These notes will help lead class discussions during the first two weeks of school. English teachers will check your notes for completion. The format of your notes is up to you. You are welcome to take notes in a notebook or on the computer. However, you could also use post-it notes to annotate the text. This means you would use a post-it to flag passages of the text that are significant, powerful, etc. On each post-it you would then explain why you marked that passage. The content for your note taking is up to you, but we offer suggestions that you can find on the English Department Summer Reading Sheet.

Reading lists for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 course level.


2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Senior Summer Reading List

2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Senior Summer Reading Assignment

2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Senior Summer Reading – How to Read Literature Like a Professor Outline/Notes Assignment

2020 Senior Summer Reading List

2020 College Credit Plus (CCP) Junior Summer Reading List

2020 College Credit Plus (CCP) Junior Summer Reading Assignment

2020 Junior Summer Reading List

2020 Honors Sophomore Summer Reading List

2020 Honors Sophomore Summer Reading Assignment

2020 Sophomore Summer Reading List

2020 Honors Freshman and Freshman Summer Reading List