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Summer Reading 2020


Summer reading is designed to be a reinforcement and extension of the work that is done during the school year in the English classroom. We have found that the more students read, the better prepared they are for higher education in addition to their other academic classes. All learning is impacted by a student’s reading ability. With this in mind, the MJCA English Department assigns a reading assignment to be completed over the summer.

Each grade in secondary (6-12) is expected to read an assigned novel and complete an assignment. This assignment is worth a test grade and will be due the week before school starts on Monday, August 3rd. The grade will be reduced a complete letter grade for each day it is late.

Students are highly encouraged to complete the assignment early. Students will turn in the summer reading to their English teacher via email. If you have questions, you may contact your English teacher.



  • Students entering the 6th grade should read Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.
  • Students entering the 7th grade should read The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
  • Students entering the 8th grade should read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.
  • Students entering the 9th grade should read Beowulf Dragon Slayer (you need the translation by Rosemary Sutcliff).
  • Students entering the 10th grade should read How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster.
  • Students entering the 11th grade should read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck .
  • Students entering the 12th grade should read Brainwashed: How the Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro.


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