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. 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. English IV students are required to read all short stories listed.
You can purchase any of the books at local bookstores: Barnes and Noble, Half-price Books or online –,, The Short Stores for English IV can be accessed on-line through an internet
search. Website addresses have been included.
Required Reading
English I
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
English II
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
AP English
The Awakening Kate Chopin
AP English
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Native Son by Richard Wright
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
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. Kivakaruni
Further Suggested Reading
(recommended by College Board for AP
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by
Thomas C. Foster
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Shades of Gray by Jessica James
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale
Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
Same Kind of Different as Me: International
Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman who
Bound them Together by Ron Hall
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman
Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
and Kristin Ohlson
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte