WHS Summer Reading

Hello WHS Students!

Participating in reading and other learning activities over the summer is critical to helping you maintain skills from the previous school year, yet summer is supposed to be a great time to relax and have fun. There's no reason you can't do both! Especially since, for many of you, the high school summer reading requirements allow you to choose books that interest you!

Having trouble selecting a book? Check out the extensive lists and "digital book bins" with a variety of subjects and genres we've prepared below to find just the right books for you! Before you do that, make sure to check your incoming grade or class summer reading requirements by clicking the appropriate grade or class link below. Remember, thoughtful consideration of the questions listed with your requirements will prepare you for your graded activities at the beginning of the school year (including your summer reading log). Choose one of these three methods to log your books and get started: editable Google Doc, printable PDF, or WL online Google Form (WL Form Closed as 9/7/2021. Late reading log submissions may be submitted here: WHS Summer Reading Form.) The online Google form allows you to participate in the Wethersfield Library Teen Program challenges and raffles from June 14th - September 2nd and log your summer reading books at the same time!

Happy Summer Reading!

Contact me for with any questions at nszilagyi@wethersfield.me.

Summer Reading Lounge Bitmoji 7_2021.pdf

Entering Grade 9 Requirements

Students entering Honors are required to read one book of their choosing and one of the following books: Mythology by E. Hamilton, Circe by Madeline Miller, Troy by Adele Geras, Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin, or The Help by Kathryn Stockett or any other Mythology books located in the book bin.

Students entering Level 1 are required to read two age-appropriate books of their choosing.

Questions to consider:

1. What theme or central idea is introduced in the story, and how does it evolve and develop?

2. How would you objectively summarize the text?

Live Mythology Digital Book Bin- Summer.pdf
Sora Digital Books By Themes 6_2021.pdf

Entering Grade 10 Requirements

Students entering Honors are required to read one book of their choosing and one of the following:

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

Snow in August by Pete Hamill

Students entering Level 1 are required to read two age-appropriate books of their choosing.

Questions to consider:

1. Identify a character who has multiple or conflicting motivations.

2. How does the character’s development and interactions with other characters help advance the plot or develop the theme?

Digital Book Bin- Coming of Age.pdf
Digital Book List Bitmoji 5_25_2021.pdf

Entering Grade 11 Honors English Requirements

Students entering Honors are required to read the following books:

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates AND

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin AND

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

For honors students, a message from your teachers: we begin the year looking at American Literature through the lens of race - something always appropriate in our country, and this year even more poignant. The last few years we have used classic texts like Uncle Tom's Cabin and Huck Finn as summer reading material. You'll still read those, but instead of starting with the perspectives of white American authors, we will start this year with classic texts written by African American authors. Both of these texts (already in our curriculum) have been making the lists of books on race that need to be read by every American. Baldwin's The Fire Next Time is a 1963 best seller which is comprised of two letters to America; Coates' Between the World and Me, a 2015 best seller, is also epistolary in form (that means it is a letter), in this case a letter to his black son. These will be challenging reads. Pay attention.


National Book Award Winners Digital Book Bin.pdf
Nutmeg Book Award Winners Digital Book Bin.pdf

Entering Grades 11 & 12 English Electives Requirements

Grade 11 and 12 students are required to complete a draft of the Common Application College Essay and read one book of their choice. There are links on the WHS Writing Resources page to help with the essay. This draft will be used during the first lessons of class.

Questions to consider with choice book:

1. What accomplishment, event, or realization sparked a period of personal growth for a character in your book?

2. How does a character's background, identity, interest, or talent drive forward the events of the book?

3. Select a quote from the novel and show how it illustrates the author's theme or message for that book.

National Book Award Winners Digital Book Bin.pdf
Nutmeg Book Award Winners Digital Book Bin.pdf
Digital Book Bins- Biographies.pdf
More Biographies Digital Book Bin.pdf

AP/ECE English Guidelines and Requirements

Students taking either ECE 1010 Rhetoric and Composition or ECE 1011 Writing through Literature are required to read the following:

  • They Say I Say With Readings: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing (2009 Edition or 2018 Edition) by G. Graff, C. Birkenstein and R. Durst (Additionally, with your public library card, you can listen to this book on Hoopla)

  • Students taking ECE 1010 also read:

  • Students taking ECE 1011 Seminar in Writing through Literature should also read two of the books from Mrs. Mucinskas' choice reading list found in the ECE 1011 digital book bin (below) or listed on Mrs. Mucinskas' summer reading list linked on her Google Classroom (code jk7d3ao).

Live ECE 1010 Digital Book Bin.pdf
Live ECE 1011 Digital Book Bin.pdf

AP/ECE U.S. History

A Short History of the United States, Robert V. Remini (Sora ebook, Destiny audiobook)

See Mrs. Bradley’s UConn/APUSH Webpage for summer reading assignment details.

Note: This book fulfills the “choice” selection for the English requirement, except for AP/UConn ECE English.

AP European History

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

WHS UCONN ECE 2020-2021

Application, enrollment, registration, billing, and transfer information

If you are interested in taking a UConn ECE course next year, please join Mrs. Mucinskas' google classroom for all up-to-date information and helpful links for registering through the UConn system. This is IN ADDITION to signing up for courses through WHS. The google classroom code is: ghilkxo

Courses available are:

For Grade 11 Students:

  • U.S. History 1501:United States History to 1877 FALL

  • U.S. History 1502: United States History from 1877 to the Present SPRING

  • Human Development and Family Sciences 1070: Individual & Family Development FULL YEAR

For Grade 12 Students:

  • English 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing/ AP English Language and Composition—Level AP FULL YEAR

  • English 1011: Seminar in Writing through Literature/ AP English Literature and Composition– Level AP FULL YEAR

  • Human Development and Family Sciences 1070: Individual & Family Development FULL YEAR

  • Statistics 1100Q: Elementary Concepts of Statistics / AP Statistics –Level AP FULL YEAR

A Message for High School Parents

From English Department and School Library Media Services

Dear Parents,

Remember that as students mature and prepare for the transition to college and career, they will encounter more adult themes and situations in literature. You are strongly encouraged to read and discuss books with your child. These discussions provide great opportunities to help you guide your child through the themes and how they relate to our world. Given the large selection of literature available, parents may wish to review the content of the texts. If you or your child find a selection objectionable, please encourage your child to find a book which you feel would be more suitable. If they would like some guidance have them reach out to Mrs. Szilagyi, our teacher-librarian or the public library staff.

English Department and School Library Media Services