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Summer Reading and Summer Assignments


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May 13, 2019

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

We hope that the Methuen High School Summer Reading Program provides students with a meaningful and pleasurable literary experience. In preparation for a Socratic seminar held in English class at the beginning of the school year, students are expected to select and read one book from the attached grade level list. In addition to reading the goodreads summaries provided, students are encouraged to consult with their parents and teachers when selecting a text. You will notice that, by design, the summer reading titles for each grade align thematically for the sake of the Socratic seminar. However, most offerings differ in complexity, genre, and content. Please take the time to consider which book suits you best.

In inform you of the premise and purpose of a Socratic seminar, an overview from the National Paideia Center is attached. This resource also includes tips on how to prepare for participation. English teachers will offer further guidance at the start of the school year. Students participation in the Summer Reading Socratic seminar will account for five percent of the first term grade.

Grade 9 List

Grade 10 List

Grade 11 List

Grade 12 List

Students enrolled in either AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition for the 19-20 school year do not need to select a book from these lists, but are instead required to complete the AP summer work for their respective course(s).

There are limited quantities of most summer reading titles available for loan to MHS students. Please visit the MHS media center to borrow a copy. Summer reading selections can also be found at the Nevins Library where there is a fun array of summer programs for children and teens. The Library has a new Beanstack app on which you can track your reading minutes and qualify for digital badges and prizes. To learn more about the app, visit the Children’s Department on June 3 or later; to find out about programs and to register for them, visit the Nevins online at

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Enjoy your summer,

Lisa Golobski Twomey

Interim Assistant Superintendent

Methuen Public Schools

(978) 722-6007