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Welcome to the wonderful world of honors and AP level English! We look forward to working and sharing ideas with all of you.  If you have any questions about the reading selections posted for your grade level, please do not hesitate to email any member of the English department. Contact information can be found on the Wilkes Central website. We have provided 9th graders with an exciting writing opportunity, 10th and 11th graders with a solid reading selection and 12th graders with a list of options! We are confident that these choices will help each reader to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. For the 2023-24 school year, we would like for you to come in ready to work, learn, and exchange ideas. Each grade level has a learning opportunity and there are supplementary resources provided below as well.  You must be ready for a day one assessment; your assessment may include an essay, a discussion/seminar, or both! If you choose to check out a copy of the honors/AP novel from a classroom library or the WCHS Learning Commons, you will be responsible for replacing the book if it is lost or damaged.


English I Honors~Under Construction




Before We Were Free - By Julia Alvarez (paperback) : TargetEnglish II~ Honors~Before We Were Free, by Julia Alvarez https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17643.Before_We_Were_Free




The Great Gatsby (Scribner Classics): F. Scott Fitzgerald: 9780684830421:  Amazon.com: Books

English III Honors~The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald





English IV Honors/AP Literature~Choose any New York Times Bestseller that you feel passionate about reading. We have provided several helpful and popular lists from book clubs that have been vetted. You must have a copy of the book with you during the first week of the semester. Using a digital pdf may not be an option; if you need help securing a book, please contact any member of the English Department or our Media Specialist, Mrs. Waugh.


"Sarah's Bookshelves"~https://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/book-recommendation-lists/book-club-recommendations/

"Reese's Book Club"~https://reesesbookclub.com/

"Oprah's Book Club"~https://www.oprah.com/app/books.html

"#Read with Jenna"~https://www.today.com/read-with-jenna



AP Literature is available now as a 4th English credit; it can be used as an alternative to English IV Honors and carries a full quality point for the GPA. The summer reading choice is the same.


**The images shown for each novel are not indicative of the edition you must choose.**

Helpful links for reading!

~“How to Annotate Text While Reading” (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Mz4nwciWc from School Habits

~”5 Ways to Annotate a Book” (even if you can’t write in it)


~Literary Signposts-page 3’s graphic will be helpful! https://williamscomplit.weebly.com/uploads/3/1/9/8/31982177/literary_analysis_guide.pdf