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Summer Reading 2023 (Grades K-12th)

Grades K-4
Rising Kindergarten, First Graders, and Second Graders:
We are issuing a 40-book challenge. How many books can your child listen to or read over the summer? Record them daily on the reading log attached below. Return completed logs the first week of school.
Rising Third Graders:
Ready, Freddy! The Reading Race by Abby Klein
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Optional Challenge Book: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Complete writing assignment
Rising Fourth Graders:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Finding Gobi: Young Reader’s Edition: The Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey by Dion Leonard
Optional Challenge Book: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Complete writing assignment
Reading Bingo (attached below) (Third and Fourth Grades):
In addition:
Reading Bingo (Third and Fourth Grades) You may include the required books.
*complete a row of any five boxes (up and down, straight across, or diagonal)
*record books and authors on the bingo sheet
*get parent’s signature
Please return summer reading logs or bingo cards to school in August for some sweet treats and prizes.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep your child engaged in reading over the next few months
Grades 5-8
Grades 9-12

High School Summer Reading for the 2023-2024 school year. The included information provides everything you need to know about summer reading. First, we would like to explain our why for summer reading. Our English department believes that: 

  • Reading should not be a chore or a bore, especially in the summer. 

  • All students are able to read and learn at a high level, and that often, choice offers additional freedom and opportunities to enjoy learning and/or to simply enjoy reading.

  • It is of great benefit to read the same title work per course, as it promotes discussion and a common study in the classroom.

 Reading Requirements:

  • required read (GCA will provide a copy before the end of school in May)

  • A parent-approved choice read from the provided list that the student has never read (or listened to) in class or for pleasure. (Please note that the list for AP Literature and Composition is different and linked below.)

 Required Reading by Course


  • Regular:  Hiroshima by John Hersey and choice read from list

  • Honors:  The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and choice read from list


  • Regular:  The Noticer and choice read from the list

  • Honors:  The Count of Monte Cristo (no choice read due to length)


  • Regular:  The Outsiders and choice read from list

  • Honors:  Peace Like a River and choice read from list


  • Regular:  Lord of the Flies and choice read from list

  • AP Literature and Composition: Pride and Prejudice and AP list choice read

Written Requirements:    Due Wednesday, August 16 by 11:59 PM in Google Classroom (one week after the start of school)

Your teacher will go over this with you in detail before the end of school in May and at the beginning of the year; at the same time, we want to provide you with the reading response questions now so you can take notes as you read or complete the work in advance if you so choose.  

  • Academic Integrity Agreement:  By turning in your work, you certify that 

    • The information included is YOUR thoughts/opinion, not the internet’s.

    • The choice read is NOT a book you have previously read (or listened to) for class or for pleasure

    • You understand that using AI (artificial intelligence) in any way to construct your responses is a violation of GCA’s academic honesty/integrity policy.

  • Students must provide a typed response to any 5 questions for the required read and any 3 questions for the choice read. The attached document provides 15 questions from which to choose as you respond to the books you’ve read. Please note that sophomore honors students will complete 8 total questions about The Count of Monte Cristo, and AP Literature and Composition students will complete 5 questions for the required reading and 5 questions for the choice read. 

  • Responses should be between 5-7 sentences each. Quality is better than quantity; however, ensure that you answer each question completely.

  • Clarify which question you are answering at the beginning of your first sentence for each response by restating the question.  

  • MLA formatted document. The title of the document will be the title of your book (italicized) and the author’s name.

  • Use literarydevices.net as a tool to help define terms such as theme, point of view, mood, etc. 

  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase a physical copy of your choice read book; you will bring it to school during the first week to work on a creative project.

  • Your grade will be based on thoughtfulness and specificity in answering the questions, as well as grammar/usage/mechanics. Evidence of analysis and thinking is required.  

  • As you write your responses, remember to think less about what happens in your book, and to think more about why or how events happen. Most importantly, challenge yourself to think through the significance of the various aspects of the book. Remember, this is not a plot summary or book report.

We are looking forward to reading and discussing your responses! Do your best; our goal for the written response portion is for you to grow in your ability to analyze and evaluate what you read. Rest assured that demonstrating a concerted effort far outweighs “getting it right,” especially as many of the questions require you to support your thinking and do not have just one “correct” answer.  


GCA English Department