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Back to School: Summer Reading Assignments

With two weeks before the first day of school, make sure your child has their summer homework done.

Summer break is often considered time away from teachers and books, but older students need to crack open a book.

Smithtown Central School District gives out summer reading assignments to its high school and middle school students to help sustain their interest in learning. Finish reading these books on time can help your child start the year off on the right foot, and ahead of the class. 

All of Smithtown's summer reading assignments can be found on the district's website along with detailed step-by-step instructions and questions.

Here's a break down of the summer reading assignments by school: 

Smithtown High School - West

AP Language and Composition

  • "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
  • "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" by Neil Postman 
    and 
  • read and respond to three editorial groupings on The New York Times “Room for Debate” site.

English 9 Honors

  • "How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

 

Smithtown High School - East

AP English and Literature

  • "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" by Thomas Foster
  • "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
  • the first two books of the Bible—Genesis and Exodus—as well as the Gospel of Matthew.  

AP Language and Composition

  • "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
  • "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business" by Neil Postman 
    and 
  • read and respond to three editorial groupings on The New York Times“Room for Debate” site.

English 10 Honors

  • "A Doll’s House" by Henrik Ibsen
  • "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.  

English 9 Honors

  • "How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

AP Economics
Select one of the following:

  • "Naked Economics" by Charles Wheelan 
  • "Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 
  • "SuperFreakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 
  •  "The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman 
  •  "Economics Explained" by Robert L. Heilbroner and Lester Thurow  


Other high school and middle classes in Smithtown school district have summer assignments that may involve research papers or laboratory experiments. Full details on those summer homework assignments can downloaded from the individual school's website where they are explained at length. 

Marion Knott August 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I am sure that I am not in the majority on this topic. It seems to me that a summer vacation should be just that. Some kids continually read without any assignment. Naturally when in school they are assigned books in their curriculum. Luckily, my children didn't have to do anything in the summer but enjoy their free time. Thank God they all grew up to be intelligent and most of all nice people. Of course these same children are dealing with their children who are now given a summer reading assignment of even some have been given projects. As I said in the beginning, I'm sure most parents don't share my opinion which is fine. I've said my piece!
SusiQ August 24, 2012 at 01:36 AM
You're right Marion, most would probably not agree. The kids do not need a 10 week vacation, nor do the teachers. I am a proponent for year round education with quarterly breaks, not to exceed 2 weeks in duration. This way the students' skills will not falter.
aweissbier August 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Please prepare to pay for HVAC that can cool our old leaky buildings in the summer. Try teaching kids when they are hot and uncomfortable.

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