Required Summer Reading
Pre-AP English II
Students entering Pre-AP English II at Oxford High School need to have completed the following assignments before the first day of class.
by Anne Moody
This autobiography of an African-American Mississippi youth takes place in the crux of the Civil Rights Movement. It provides a first hand account of a southern black girl’s journey from early childhood through young adulthood, revealing in an honest and raw manner the reality of growing up poor and black in a racially charged southern climate. The reader sees the author through hope and hardship, joy and anger, recognizing that Anne is sometimes a heroine, sometimes a victim.
by Ray Bradbury
This classic novel presents for evaluation a dystopian American society of the future in which books are outlawed and ultimately burned. The focus is on the threats of censorship, as well as concerns regarding the suppression of information/knowledge by those in authority.
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
(Scholastic Nonfiction, 2005)
This nonfiction selection looks at World War II, the Holocaust, and the reign of Hitler from the German child’s perspective. Filled with accounts of children and teenagers who were members of Hitler’s youth organizations, as well as accounts of those in opposing factions, this book chronicles growing up under the Third Reich. An interesting, yet rarely discussed part of WWII history, this book allows students to examine a number of issues related to history, politics, and perhaps most of all, the power of language.
(Also known as "Oedipus the King")
The second in a trilogy of plays by Sophocles, this play tells the story of Oedipus, his curse, and his journey to the truth. This will serve as the background for another play we will read during the school year, Antigone. (Any translation of this play is acceptable. Though language may vary a bit, the story is essentially the same.)