Gallatin High School
Pre-requisite Reading Information
Because we recognize the importance of remaining engaged in reading during the time students are not in an English class, Gallatin High School requires Pre-requisite Reading for all students taking Honors English classes (including STEM and Dual Enrollment). Not only does it encourage students to keep reading, writing and thinking during the summer, but it also gives students and teachers a common text with which to begin the school year. Each Honors English student must read one assigned book before beginning English class.
Teachers will assess students’ understanding of the book the first week of each semester. Possible assignments include (but are not limited to) a brief essay or other writing assignment, in-class project, or presentation. Students may take notes or keep a journal on the assigned book. This is not required, but any original, hand-written notes may be used to help complete the assignment. This assignment will count as one test grade during the 1st 9 weeks of the semester the student has English. Not completing the assigned reading may result in a student being removed from the Honors class.
Students should choose ONE of the books listed for their grade level. Teachers have chosen a classic and a contemporary novel that work together thematically. Students can deepen their understanding of either book by reading both titles, but that is in no way required. Teachers have worked hard to select books that they feel students will find interesting, merit classroom discussion, and appeal to a wide array of readers. These books, particularly the contemporary choices, are aimed at modern teenage audiences, and, as such, may contain some scenes and language that not all families feel comfortable with their student reading. We encourage parents to research the choices with their child and make a selection based on interest, reading stamina, availability, and any other factors important to them.
English 9 Honors: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath OR Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
English 10 Honors: 1984 by George Orwell OR Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
English 11 Honors A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain OR The Natural by Bernard Malamud
English 12 Honors & Dual Enrollment: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier OR New Girl by Paige Harbison