Summer Reading Information

The Summer Reading Program is built around the belief that reading over the summer is fundamentally important to maintaining students' reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. It also presents an opportunity to nurture a love of reading. The Summer Reading List has been created with a focus on contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with the specific intent of offering high interest, accessible selections.

Choosing the Books

  • All students are required to read two books of their choice; students may pick any title, regardless of what grade they will be entering in the fall.
  • English Honors students entering grades 10-12 will be required to read one additional book assigned for the class in which they are enrolled.
  • Three History courses also have required reading (Honors US History, Honors European History and Economics Honors).

For example, a rising sophomore will read two books of their choice; rising sophomores enrolled in Honors English 10 will also read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.

Reading Projects

All students will create a project that reflects their engagement with and understanding of each of the books they've read. These projects must be completed over the summer and due within the first week of class. Students have many options, including creating a book trailer or poster, a video, a new book cover, or an artistic representation (through drawing, paint, collage, or sculpture) of the book. Students may also consider writing a Book Talk or writing a Book Critique for one of their readings. Summer reading projects will be graded in each student's English class.

Our goal is that these student-created book projects will be used to promote these books to other students throughout the school year.

Honors Courses

The list of required summer reading for honors courses can be found here.

For students taking Honors Economics, Honor European History, or Honors U.S. History the following assignment is due the first day of class:

Write a two page minimum summary and review of the assigned summer reading. Please feel free to write more than two pages if you feel it necessary to complete the assignment. The first part of the paper should be a summary of the book and the second part should be your review of the book. Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? This will be counted as your first quiz grade. It is due the first day of class.

The paper should be typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.

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Forman School is a coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently.

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