Summer Reading 2020



Suggested Reading for Parents

Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting Into College by Sally P. Springer and Marion R. Franck 
The authors explain college applications, what admission counselors look for, how to prepare for the new tests, how to put together an application package, early admissions, and financial aid. Sample application forms and recommendation letters are included. 

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English CP Summer Reading

Grades 9-12


Students need to sign up through either the El Segundo Public Library or their local public  library and complete the Public Library Summer Reading program. Each student must submit a copy of the certificate of completion to their English teacher during the first week of school.  

The requirements will be: 


1. Read a book of your choice that is at least 200 pages long. It can be from the teen or the adult level.


2. Read one article. It can be from a library database found at the ESHS Library website.


3. Watch one documentary. It can be from the Learn360 database.


This will allow for students to have individual choice in their reading, which hopefully will result in more reading being done over the summer months as well as promote engagement with the library.


Submission Form upon Completion (forthcoming)


Honors and AP Summer Reading


English 9 Honors


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Literary Fiction

An aging Cuban fisherman struggles to make his living. He hasn’t caught anything for 84 days and has lost his apprentice, Manolin. He finally catches an enormous marlin, but sharks gradually eat it as he attempts to bring it back to shore.


Pride, Friendship, Accomplishment, Struggle, Defeat, Death, Manhood

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English 10 Honors

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This is the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before, during and after World War II.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

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English 11 Honors


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.


Homework Packet: 


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AP English Literature & Composition


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Victor Frankenstein’s experiment to create life from death is a cautionary tale warning of the dangers that can arise from experimental science. Written 1818, this novel is “well known”, but misunderstood. Ultimately, who is the “monster”?

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines – In a small Southern town before the Civil Rights movement, Jefferson is arrested for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.  At his trial for murder he is called a “hog” in court and found guilty. How can he prove that he is a man before he is executed?



How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster - An introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—shows students how to make the everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.
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Summer Assignments:



AP English Language & Composition

1. "Turning the Tide" (Weissbourd, 2016)

2. Contemporary Colleges and Universities by Joseph L. DeVitis (2013)

Today’s colleges and universities face countless uncharted challenges and possibilities. Presenting multiple perspectives on a wide array of crucial issues, the book features realistic representations of students, faculty, curriculum, administration, and the socio-cultural conditions that shape higher education.  Read Part One - Students: In and Out of the Classroom (Preface - Chapter 8) 

3. Inside Higher Ed - Survey of College and University Admissions Officers  (Jaschik & Lederman, 2019)

Readings are available online. Log-in with your El Segundo High School Account.
You will have a writing assignment based on these readings at the beginning of school.