12th Grade Gothic Tradition of Literature and Film Summer Reading Assignments
a. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (if you intend to take the course for Honors credit)
b. A book by Stephen King (CP credit)You may choose to take the class for Honors or CP credit in the Fall, but you should read The Picture of Dorian Gray if you intend to take the course for Honors credit. If you find The Picture of Dorian Gray is too challenging, try reading a book by Stephen King and plan to enroll in the CP section.**Be prepared for an assessment on these books during the first week of school.**
2. REQUIRED: ONE book by a different author from the following list:The Shining by Stephen King (CP recommendation)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (CP recommendation)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde(CP choice, Honors level difficulty)The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (CP & Honors recommendation)
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (Honors recommendation)
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (CP recommendation)
Rebecca by Daphne DeMaurier (Honors recommendation)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Honors recommendation)The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath**Be prepared for an assessment on these books during the first week of school.**3. REQUIRED: College Personal Essay Brainstorming: Due the first week of school
One of the best methods of brainstorming for your college essay is to begin with a grand list of potential topics and slowly let the best rise to the top. In order to generate a laundry list of important people, events, accomplishments and activities in your life, fill in the worksheet below.
1a. REQUIRED: If you intend to enroll in the Honors course.
2. REQUIREDRead ONE book by a different author from the nine listed below.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Shining by Stephen King
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.