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Jr./Sr. High School summer reading assignment  

Summer reading provides an excellent opportunity for students to stay connected to literature, enhance literacy skills


This year, one reading task is assigned to the entire class. This reading must be completed over the summer as it will constitute a vital component of the students’ first unit of study in September. See column to right for assigned texts by grade level. Click on links to download as PDF documents.

Additionally, the Watervliet High School English Department provides a suggested summer reading list for each grade level. These lists include titles that can be loaned from the English department, free book downloads, and titles that can be obtained at the Watervliet Public Library. As always, if it is desired, one could also purchase the titles from a local book store. It is a departmental recommendation that each student will choose at least one book from the list for his/her next grade level. The suggested reading list can be downloaded here.

In September, students will be required to submit a completed task for their summer reading. These tasks will contribute to their first quarter grade in English class. It is highly recommended that each student come to school in September with a completed summer reading task.

These projects are due no later than Friday, September 16, 2016.

Teachers in the Jr./Sr. High School English Department are avid, enthusiastic readers, who understand the power of literature to change lives. We are more than willing to answer questions about books and to recommend specific titles to students. We look forward to discussing summer reading books with the students in the fall.

The utmost care has been taken to prepare lists with a large variety of books appropriate for high school students, but parents are urged to review the titles with their children and make choices as a family.


The Watervliet Jr. /Sr. High School English Department

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Download list of assigned summer reading texts (PDF)

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Summer reading

The following is the list of assigned summer reading texts by grade level. Click on the links below to download PDFs of the text.

English 7

Selection of Articles

Animal Influence



Muhammad Ali


English 8

Selection of Articles

Before Jackie

Coastal Drilling

Declaration of Independence

Zebra Mussels


English 8H

The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave, by Fredrick Douglass


English 9, English 10

Selection of Articles

American Indians

Burger Battles


Veteran's Day


English 9H (Adv. ENG 10)

Hiroshima, by John Hersey


English 10 H (Adv. ENG 11)

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt


English 11, English 12

Selection of Articles

Changes in Biodiversity

Civil Rights Movement

Farmer's Market

New Orleans and the History of Jazz


HVCC Contemporary Novel/ African American Lit.

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro


HVCC Creative Writing - Fiction/Poetry

Choose from the suggested reading list