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Summer Reading and Assignments


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May 18, 2018

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.

To inform you of the premise and purpose of a Socratic seminar, a Student Socratic Seminar Guide developed by Lipscomb University is attached. This resource also includes tips on how to best prepare for participation. English teachers will offer further guidance at the start of the school year. Student participation in the Summer Reading Socratic seminar will account for five percent of the first term grade.

Students enrolled in either AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition for the 18-19 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).

Grade 9 List

Grade 10 List

Grade 11 List

Grade 12 List

There are limited quantities of each book available for loan to MHS students. Please visit the MHS main office to borrow a copy. Students are otherwise encouraged to purchase a copy of their selected book or to borrow a copy from Nevins Memorial Library. 

If you have questions or would like clarification please contact:

Lisa Golobski Twomey

English Department Chairperson

Methuen High School

(978) 722-6040,  Ext. 2372