Form VI Summer Reading
Dear Soon-to-Be Senior and Parents:
To encourage the habit of reading in our students, we will continue required summer reading. But we recognize that, with some students beginning work on their thesis research, service projects, and college applications, Priory seniors often have a busy summer. Therefore, we are changing the requirement for seniors a bit:
Each senior is required to read at least ONE book of fiction. He can choose the book, but it must be something he reads this summer. And he should return to school ready to present some of the salient issues of his book with a group of peers and a faculty member during the first week of classes in August. Each student will also be required to submit to his English teacher a list of the book(s) he read, and parents are asked to sign the list as verification of their son’s reading.
Note: The English Department hopes to retain the positive spirit of the summer reading tradition; please approach the requirement accordingly.
Beyond this requirement, students are urged to read as many books as possible. I’ve enclosed a list of recommended titles from the English department, but students are not restricted to this list. Students should place more emphasis on quality than on quantity and should read a wide variety of literature. Students will be given extra credit in English class for reading books beyond the minimum.
It remains our conviction that reading represents the richest path to a full education and that the educated man continues to read throughout his life. Our hope is that reading becomes a common practice in your home and that you discuss works together. In addition, the reading skills and vocabulary measured by national tests develop most naturally and easily in the person who reads habitually. Summer with its free time provides an opportunity for families to read and to enjoy books. I hope this will be the case in your home.
John F. Mohrmann
English Department Head
Some Books Recommended by the English Department:
- Austen: Pride and Prejudice
- Doctorow: Billy Bathgate; Ragtime
- Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment; Brothers Karamazov
- Ellison: Invisible Man
- Faulkner: Light in August
- Frazier: Cold Mountain
- Heller: Catch-22
- Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Huxley: Brave New World
- McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses
- Malamud: The Natural
- Morrison: Beloved; Song of Solomon
- Salinger: Franny and Zooey; Nine Stories
- Steinbeck: The Winter of Our Discontent
- Twain: Life on the Mississippi; Pudd’nhead Wilson
- Vonnegut: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse Five