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Crusader- Entering 11th

The designated summer reading books for students entering eleventh grade are:
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The designated summer reading books for students entering eleventh grade honors class are:
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
  • War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.


Students must complete one assignment for each required book. Students in each grade level are required to read two books and complete one assignment per book.  This year students will be given options for creativity with the assignments: traditional, technological or non-technological. To receive full credit, all work must be submitted to the teachers by the first Friday of the school year, August 12, 2022.





For 7th-12th  grade, the traditional option is annotations. Guidelines must be followed to receive credit for annotations.  If your child prefers to complete the annotations, they DO NOT need to complete the technological or non-technological options offered below. 


The annotations will constitute your child’s first English grades of the year. A guide to annotating  with sample illustrations is available below. These books will also be the source of discussion during the first couple of weeks of school.

Information on annotating is posted below with sample illustrations. There should be annotations on each pageShould questions arise about annotations or these instructions, please email Ms. Dugas in the upper school English department ([email protected]).


(English II, English II Honors, English III, English III Honors,  English IV )


It must meet the literary requirements for grade level. *See attached literary requirements.


Google Slides

  1. Present required information in a slide presentation using Google Slides
  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled on slides.
  3. Students are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with slide transitions, backgrounds, images, fonts, etc.
  4. The first slide needs to include the book title, author, student’s name, and date completed.

(English II, English II Honors, English III, English III Honors,  English IV )


Character Cards

  1. Choose four characters from the novel. On a 3x5 notecard, draw and color the character (one character per card).
  2. Literary requirements will be in essay form. See grade requirements.
  3. Put your name on the BACK of the card where you list your facts.








  • list the title and author
  • Using at least 3 cited (in text and works cited-MLA 9th edition) outside sources, create your own definition of two different literary elements (allegory, allusion, analogy, hyperbole, idiom, imagery, irony, metaphor, motif, oxymoron, paradox, point of view, simile, symbol, theme)
  • Identify 4 examples of each of the chosen elements, explaining how the elements function in the text
  • A minimum of 15 vocabulary words with definitions and a memorable sentence for each
  • 2 biblical themes
  • 1 real-world application


Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!

While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year.
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Robe by Lloyd Douglas
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
  • The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemmingway
  • How the West Was Won by Louis L’Amour
  • Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Oath by Frank Peretti
  • Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Phillbrick
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville