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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~"Getting to Know You"~


Although you do not have a specific title to read for the summer, choose something to keep that brain muscle working! Consider a bestseller from one of the lists in the senior section! 


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


Please use the following video for detailed instructions on the dialectical journal assignment~


Please make a copy of the following document for guidance with the dialectical journal assignment~



English III Honors~Short Story Selections

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" by DH Lawrence~


and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman~


Please use the English III Honors video under files for instructions on the dialectical journal assignment~If you are using a mobile device, the file is located at the bottom of the page. In desktop/laptop mode, you will find the link on the right at the top of the page!


If at any time these pdfs are not working, search for them via Google. These stories are a part of the public domain. The public domain houses pieces once the copyright has expired.


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