Secondary Summer Reading 2017
At John Adams Academy, reading is an integral part of our classical curriculum. To the right of the page are reading assignments for incoming grades.
Thank you for your interest in Advanced Placement/Honors English and/or History classes. These advanced classes are designed to prepare you for the rigors of college coursework and develop the habits of a lifelong learner. You will be asked to read, discuss, and write about challenging material. At John Adams Academy, this means, in addition to selections from the standard high school curriculum, you will be delving into some of the greatest classic literature ever written. To help reduce the reading commitment an accelerated program such as this demands, you must complete the summer reading assignment(s). Summer reading for AP/Honors courses is not a suggestion; it is a requirement. You will be assessed on these books within the first week of school. If the level of rigor and commitment to summer reading affects your choice in placement, please contact the school guidance counselor as soon as possible. No excuses will be accepted for not completing summer reading assignments. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be removed from the advanced class.
No excuses will be accepted for not completing summer reading assignments.
"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." - Harry S. Truman
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read." - Mark Twain
"A man is known by the books he reads." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." - Victor Hugo
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." - Ernest Hemingway
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." - Henry David Thoreau
"We read to know that we are not alone." - C.S. Lewis
"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." - Confucius
"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson