Oxford High School

Required Summer Reading

Pre-AP English II
Teacher: Sommer Sneed Husbands

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Students entering Pre-AP English II at Oxford High School need to have completed the following assignments before the first day of class.

  1. Read the four books on the Required Reading List below.
  2. Come to school prepared to:
    1. take a comprehension test and/or produce writing entries on the selections, and
    2. discuss thoroughly and in-depth the concepts and themes of the books.
  3. Annotating (taking notes) on the texts is strongly suggested, as you will need a working knowledge of all four texts when you return to school in August.
  4. Begin examining possible connections among the four selections.

If you have any questions about the summer reading assignment, please email Mrs. Husbands at ssneed@oxfordsd.org.

Required Reading List

Hitler Youth: Growing up in Hitler’s Shadow

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.

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury
(Ballantine, 1953)

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.

Coming of Age in Mississippi

by Anne Moody
(Laurel, 1968)

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.

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles
(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.)

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Finding/Purchasing Books

  • All of the listed books are available at the local public library.
  • These books can also be found at Square Books, Jr. on the Square.
  • For cheaper or used copies, there are many bargain book websites available online, and all of the titles are currently in print and readily available.

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