Pre-Advanced Placement Language Arts 7 and 8

Pre-AP / AP English
2015 Required Summer Reading
Welcome to Pre-AP / AP English. In this course, you will read extensively from a variety of texts and be
introduced to advanced placement strategies. The expectations of students and demands of the Pre-AP
/ AP curriculum are greater than in on-level courses. This course serves as a foundation for the
Advanced Placement tests; if passed, college credit can be earned.
The Pre-AP / AP English courses include a required summer reading component. The purpose of the
summer reading assignment is to promote wide reading of notable literature, to establish the rigor for
class, and to further develop life-long reading skills.
With the exception of English IV, you will choose one required novel from the English course list below
for your summer reading assignment. English IV students are required to read all short stories listed.
You are encouraged to read a novel from the further suggested novel list, but only one required novel
is expected to be read by the first day of school. There will be a summer reading assessment over your
required novel after the third week of school.
You can purchase any of the books at local bookstores: Barnes and Noble, Half-price Books or online –,,
If a question arises that must be addressed in the summer, you may contact the Secondary Language
Arts Coordinator at 281.498.8110, x 5836.
Pre-AP English I
Pre-AP English II
AP English III
AP English IV
Required Novels
Required Novels
Required Novels
Required Short Stories
The Story of an Hour by Kate
A Rose for Emily by William
Hills Like White Elephants by
Ernest Hemingway
The Yellow Wallpaper by
Perkins Gillman
Where Are You Going? Where
Have You Been? By Joyce
Carol Oates
Clothes by Chitra B.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott
The Kite Runner by Khaled
The Awakening
Kate Chopin
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba
Pattillo Beals
Native Son by Richard Wright
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Further Suggested
Further Suggested
Further Suggested
Further Suggested
(recommended by College
Board for AP exam)
How to Read Literature Like a
Professor by Thomas C. Foster
(recommended by College
Board for AP exam)
Wuthering Heights by Emily
(recommended by College
Board for AP exam)
Demon in the Freezer by Richard
(recommended by College
Board for AP exam)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest
J. Gaines
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon
Same Kind of Different as Me:
International Art Dealer, and the
Unlikely Woman who Bound them
Together by Ron Hall
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Shades of Gray by Jessica
Their Eyes are Watching God by
Zora Neale Hurston
Kabul Beauty School: An American
Woman Goes Behind the Veil by
Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin
The Maze Runner by James
The Diviners by Libba Bray