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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 Mrs. Sappington or any member of the English department.  Contact information can be found on the Wilkes Central website. We have provided all grade levels with a diverse reading list and are confident that these pieces will help each reader to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually.  There are no required pre-semester writing assignments with honors reading, but please take notes, annotate, and give yourself plenty of time to read your assigned novel at least twice! You must be ready for a day one assessment; your assessment may include a test, an essay, or both!  If you have any problem getting a novel, please contact Mrs. Sappington as soon as possible at sappingtonb@wilkes.k12.nc.us with the book title in the subject line. In addition, there may be copies available in the Media Center. Happy reading, learning, and growing!

English I- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  by Maya Angelou (Coming of Age focus)

English II- Sold  by Patricia McCormick (Multi-cultural focus)

English III-   The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck and choose one: The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger or Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (The American Dream focus)

English IV​- Stephen King~On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte (Focus on Perspective)

AP English Language-The Catcher in the Rye or The Joy Luck Club (read the piece that you did not read for English III honors)

AP English Literature-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Mrs. Sappington has 10 personal copies for students to borrow. Please check out prior to exam week.  You will be required to sign a check-out form.)  and Feed by MT Anderson (Open response focus)

Helpful links for honors 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