Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

Curbside hours M-TH 10-7, Fri 10-4, Sat 10-3. No Comp Appts Sat 8/8.

WHS Summer Reading Lists

View the Windham High School 2020 summer reading assignments in full on the WHS website. In the list below, look for the course(s) you are taking to access the reading materials.

9th Grade (2024): Cultural Foundations or Honors Cultural Foundations

10th Grade (2023): American Studies or Honors American Studies (only virtual listening/reading required: visit WHS site)

11th Grade(2022): Honors World Literature & Composition, World Literature & Composition, or Advanced Placement Language

12th Grade (2021): Honors British Literature, Literature of Land and Sea, Honors Introduction to College Writing, Journalism, Media & Persuasion, Mythological Literature, Honors Philosophical Literature, Prose & Poetry, and AP Literature

Nesmith Library is temporarily closed, with limited service and curbside borrowing. Visit our Updates page for details, and learn more about how to borrow these books by participating in Curbside Borrowing. Looking for more summer reading fun? Register for the Nesmith Library Teen Summer Reading Program! We will host Book Group programs in August after our Summer Reading Program ends to assist students' understanding of these books and their assignments: visit the Event Calendar to check for these events!


9th Grade Reading List:

Cultural Foundations

Students are required to read Anthem by Ayn Rand. 

Visit the WHS website for additional summer assignments for this course.


Honors Cultural Foundations

Students are required to read Anthem by Ayn Rand. 

Visit the WHS website for additional summer assignments for this course.


10th Grade Assignments: The assignment requires listening to podcasts and PDF reading. Visit the WHS website for full assignment details

11th Grade Reading List:


Honors World Literature and Composition

Students are required to read The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat, as well as one other book of your choosing. (Visit the WHS website for Ms. Stuart's rules and recommendations for your second title, then search our catalog when you have chosen your book!)

Here are a couple of links to background information that might help you in reading The Farming of Bones.


World Literature and Composition

Students are required to read The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat.

For students struggling with the content of the novel or hoping to gain a bit more historical context, please visit the following sites:


Advanced Placement Language

Students are required to read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 

Visit the WHS website for additional summer assignments for this course.


12th Grade Reading List:


Honors British Literature

Students are required to read Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls, as well as one other book of your choosing. (Visit the WHS website for Ms. Stuart's rules and recommendations for your second title, then search our catalog when you have chosen your book!)

Literature of the Land and Sea

Students are required to read A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean.


Honors Introduction to College Writing

Students are required to read The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker.


Journalism

Students are required to read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.


Media and Persuasion

Students are required to read The Help by Kathryn Stockett.


Mythological Literature

Students are required to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 


Honors Philosophical Literature

Students are required to read If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino.


Prose and Poetry

Visit the WHS website for the summer assignments for this course.

AP Literature

Students are required to read Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, AND Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Visit the WHS website for the summer assignments for this course.

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